Earlier this year Matthieu Lambert talked to us in our services about charity Hope into Action (HiA) opening a house for homeless men from Wolverhampton in the parish, to be supported by our church here at Holy Trinity. The house was soon finished, to a very good standard, with a new kitchen and bathroom suite and furnished well from donations made by members of our community. HiA say: “The homes aim to reflect how much we think people are worth. We therefore aim for absolute quality in our homes”.'Friends with a Purpose'
The house in Park Village has three bedrooms for three residents, currently we have two and Matt is very actively looking for a third. There is a shared living room, kitchen and bathroom. All residents have passkeys for external doors and these also uniquely open each individual bedroom door giving a good level of privacy. “We like to think, in a tiny way, this reflects something of Christ’s desire to give life in abundance.” says HiA.
Hope into Action house the homeless – rough sleepers, sofa surfers, people rescued from trafficking, ex-offenders coming out of prison, people subjected to domestic violence or stuck in the hostel system – but they do more than this by mentoring, befriending and supporting residents through their transition to independence. To do this volunteers are needed, known as 'Friends with a purpose'.
At Holy Trinity we have several 'Friends with a purpose' already but we need one or two more. If you could offer a couple of hours a week for this role please to talk to our vicar Richard Merrick. Training is available.
In 2014 Hope into Action launched the Partnership Programme in Lincolnshire and Wolverhampton. Both partners are planning more homes with more churches in their cities. In 2015 HiA are taking on more partnerships and soon there will be HiA Ipswich, HiA Reading and HiA Cambridge.
You can find out more at www.hopeintoaction.org.uk