After leaving home following family problems, Danielle spent
months moving around Norfolk and Essex trying to find accommodation anywhere
she could. Just after her 18th birthday, Danielle found herself
bedding down in a church doorway in Essex.
“After three weeks on the
streets, my ex-partner went away and never came back. I spent five hours
panicking that I was going to be on my own, but then London Street Rescue
called me after a referral from the Connexions team based near to where I was
sleeping. The staff from London Street Rescue asked how I was and I mentioned
that I was on my own and I was scared. They promised me that they would call
back, and at about 10pm they called, explaining that they had been able to get
me into a night shelter in Whitechapel.
“Over the month and a half that I was in
Whitechapel, I made some wonderful friends that were in the same situation as
Danielle found out she was pregnant and was able
to move back into temporary accommodation.
After spending some time caring for her child in a Mother and Baby
unit, she’s now almost 23 and living in a council house with her fiancé.
“I've never been happier. I've
finally got everything I've ever wanted, I'm engaged, I have a beautiful
3-year-old daughter and my own home! I truly wouldn't be where I am today if it
wasn’t for London Street Rescue, The Dellow Centre and Crisis Skylight, I will
never forget what they all did for me.”
Sleeping rough is a dangerous. Some people are not as lucky as
Danielle. London Street Rescue is out every night of the year helping people
sleeping rough off the streets and into accommodation. If you know of someone
sleeping rough you can tell StreetLink by calling 0300 500 0914 or visiting www.streetlink.org.uk/tell-us-about-a-rough-sleeper
Please help us to help more homeless and vulnerable people to turn their lives around, by making a donation to Thames Reach.