HOMELESS APPEAL: We are in desparate need of warm clothes especially.
We are current sleeping around 12-15 homeless people in the Church Hall as part of the Open Church project 2020. during Feb and March.
Men’s casual trousers/Jeans
Tracksuit bottoms (most requested)
Much appreciate any response.
God Bless Lisa St Swithuns OCP coordinator
Here Some other news
I have asked some of the volunteers from our Parish, who are involved in our ministry among those in need, poor, the homeless, so we can see the amount of work which has been done, and is continued all the time – because of your merciful hearts, hands, legs… Thank You so much in the name of all those, who – I’m sure would like to say THANK YOU to so many around us.
Some report and news from Lisa & Andrew:
Since Open Church project January 2018, we have been able to continue a relationship with our friends, thanks to the great commitment of Diana, Denis, Jo, Andy & our Volunteers at Lunch @ 2. Which if anyone is not familiar with, provides a 2 course hot meal for our homeless & vulnerable
A few Updates
M, S, T & D are on the journey of recovery from Alcohol abuse
With the amazing support of Bozena, we will hopefully be able to place 4 guests into a permanent accommodation once applications for support have been processed.
Some work experience has been offered from our local Polish Baker, to assist with the transition.
Since our last contact with*P*, he has stopped drinking and in full time employment.
2 of our Romanian friends A & K have transferred from the emergency shelter to Hope house, a longer term bed. With better access and no queuing.
Sadly, as you may know we lost a dear friend Przemek, which has hit our community hard and slowly we can see some signs of recovery for his dear friends. The Legacy Przemek has left in our hearts is to never give up trying! As Przemek never gave up hope of getting better!
So, Looking Forward: Caritas our Catholic Charity have kindly agreed to take over the overall running of the Open Church Project in Portsmouth (as well as Gosport Open doors).
We will be running the Project from Monday 3rd February – 2nd March, it will be for a shorter period this year, as we give new churches an opportunity to gain experience.
Please look out in the next week for our Volunteer Information evening which will be held at St John’s Cathedral. An introduction to Open Church Project & opportunity to sign up!
Finally, on a last note as the cold weather is now upon us, A plea for Warm clothes for our Lunch @ 2 guests:
Hats, Gloves, scarfs
T-Shirts, Long sleeved tops
Warm socks, Boxers, pants (mostly male guests’ max size Large)
Outdoor Shoes, Trainers
Please no suits, shirts, office wear or XXL items….
Many thanks. Again look out for our Wish List at the back of the Church & On St Swithuns website, in which we hope to have a link to items you may wish to support our projects with e.g New Socks & Boxers(which we always need!
Thank You for reading! Thank You for any contribution you can make!
Most important of all!
Please continue to Pray for our wonderful Volunteers who without we could not continue and of course our guests! Many Blessings
St Swithun’s OCP Co-ordinator