Street Stories

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Street Stories

Over he last couple of weeks we have given out 16 sleeping bags at Church Without Walls Westminster alone. Here are some of the stories of the people we have met and given bags to.

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Milly

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Milly

At Church Without Walls recently we met an eastern european lady named "Milly" who spoke perfect English.

She shared that she, and the people that were sleeping rough, were moved from an underground car park during the previous night.

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Basildon Too

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Basildon Too

We have now started to distribute sleeping bags in Basildon, Essex where there is a very real need even though the local council play down the homeless problem in their town. Here is the story of our first night

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Raise Money For AUOS While You Shop Online

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A Piggy Bank For The Homeless

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A Piggy Bank For The Homeless

Inspired by recent articles in Dutch newspapers illustrating the growing issue of homelessness in the city, over 15,000 and counting, a wider conversation opened up within the agency that presented the question 'What can we do to help?' Immediately, 'A Piggy Bank For the Homeless', an awareness and fundraising campaign designed to help tackle the homeless issue head-on, was born.

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It Often Reduces Them To Tears

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It Often Reduces Them To Tears

On Saturday 7th June a group going to Church Without Walls Westminster, saw two guys sleeping under blankets in a doorway they stopped and offered the guys sleeping bags and sandwiches, when giving out any sleeping bags the team always make it clear that God loves the person and that the sleeping bags are a gift from Jesus, the team members also always pray with anyone receiving the bags

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Homeless In London

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Homeless In London

Homelessness is on the rise in London. In the first three months of 2014, over 2000 people slept on the streets of the capital of UK.
In England, 53,000 people are now registered as homeless, a 21% rise from 2010.

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A New Start

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A New Start

Last March on a very cold dark morning we arrived a Church Without Walls Ilford and found a man late twenties huddled under the bridge, lets call him Ben. Ben was cold and wet, we put a fleece on him gave him a hot egg and a sandwich. As we talked with him we realised he came from Havering area and we contacted Kim, Hope4Havering. We took him to our local cafe where he had a hot breakfast then took him to Kim's house,

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2013 Statistics

In the last year we have given away sleeping bags, fleece tops, and other items to people on the streets either directly or through our steadily increasing group of partners. These are the numbers.

 

628 Sleeping Bags
158 Fleeces
162 Bags Of Hope

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Lantern Of Hope

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Lantern Of Hope

Lantern Of Hope is our new outreach programme where a group of volunteers go out onto the streets after midnight until the early hours looking for people who are sleeping on the streets in need of a sleeping bag to provide them with one to fulfill an immediate need.

This is the story of our first night:

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Over 1,500 Sleeping Bags Distributed

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Over 1,500 Sleeping Bags Distributed

Since we began, over 1,530 sleeping bags have been given to needy homeless people in and around London. They are in popular demand and many new people turn up each week at Church Without Walls in Westminster and llford.

A couple of recipients have walked many miles to these outreach posts to obtain a life- saving sleeping bag. A member of the team prays with each person as they receive a bag and we have seen many answers to prayer.

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