How our Essentials Fund is helping people like John recovering from homelessness
While sleeping rough, John struggled with alcohol addiction. He suffered a bad fall whilst living on the streets and now walks with a crutch and sometimes experiences seizures.
When John was helped off the street by outreach workers, it was important for him to have somewhere accessible to stay. He has recently moved into a self-contained flat, with a small kitchenette in a Thames Reach hostel.
How the Essentials Fund has helped
As a former pastry chef, John was keen to get back into cooking.
With help from the Essentials Fund, John purchased an induction hob and pans. These essential items have enabled him to feel more independent and motivated.
John is excited for a fresh start and in his words, to ‘get better’. He wants to re-start his career as a chef and hopes that cooking on the hob will help refresh his memory and skills.
When the time comes for John to move on and leave the hostel, he can take his hob with him.
Please support our Essentials Fund this winter.