After injuring his shoulder, Evert was unable to work at his job as a bus driver. Life at home became difficult, his marriage broke down and this had a knock-on effect on the mental health of his two daughters which meant he had to leave. At first, Evert sofa-surfed at friends’ houses, but soon found himself sleeping rough on the streets, often in harsh weather conditions. His health deteriorated, he became anemic, depressed and demoralised.
It was while at a local food bank, that Evert met Jenny, a Thames Reach support worker, who helped him get a flat and provide him with a Home Starter Kit. Evert’s flat was empty apart from a bed. The kit meant Evert could have a few simple home comforts such as a duvet and bedding to help start rebuilding his life.
Evert is now feeling hopeful for the future and the doctor has confirmed he’ll be able to start work again by the end of the year.
“When I met Jenny, she gave me hope to continue. Now, I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
By donating to fund a Home Starter Kit you are helping support people who are recovering from homelessness. Our kits are real items that are provided to the people we support, but everyone’s needs are different and we will use your donation where it is needed the most.