A homeless person is set for a much brighter future thanks to a £5,000 grant from the Neil Hudgell Trust.
Emmaus Hull and East Riding provides more than just a bed for the night for people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion, offering a roof over their heads for as long as they need it.
The charity also helps to restore feelings of self-esteem and gives its residents the opportunity to regain control of their lives.
Emmaus is currently creating a “homeless community”, in Lockwood Street, city centre, with 30 bespoke rooms for homeless people under one roof.
Each room costs £5,000 per year to sponsor, ensuring the person using it has accommodation for as long as they need it, clean clothes, food, a job through the charity and all the support they may need.
Now, the Neil Hudgell Trust has awarded a £5,000 grant to the charity to change the life of one of the homeless residents involved for 12 months.
Kelly Thompson, general manager of Emmaus Hull and East Riding, said: “I know how much the Neil Hudgell Trust does for the community and it’s so nice to be involved.
“Everyone was so pleased when we found out we’d been awarded £5,000 and we are so appreciative, especially because the trust has understood the social issues in Hull.
“We are really passionate about what we do but it’s nice to know other people recognise the value as well, which the trust has.
“It will make a massive difference to the life of one of our residents who moves into Lockwood Street.”
Kelly said residents can stay as long as they feel is necessary before they feel ready to move on with their lives, whether it be a year or 10 years.
She said: “We don’t tell someone they can move in and then they have to move out again. However long that journey takes, they can stay.
“We ask them to work five days per week across our enterprises, which includes a furniture restoration, recycling and selling space, community café and in shops set up for us by Dove House Hospice, which we are currently renting office space from.
“The residents get a paid allowance for doing the work. It’s like a ‘thank you’ contribution for their efforts and we provide clothes, toiletries and a ‘move on’ fund pot to help them save for things like holidays.
“We can also help them with mental health issues and help rebuild family connections.”
A total of £100,000 is available from the Neil Hudgell Trust over a 12-month period and groups can apply for grants of up to £5,000.
Jo Hudgell, chair of the trust, said: “Homelessness is a real issue which unfortunately affects more people than we sometimes realise.
“Emmaus is making great strides in helping people to build much brighter futures and get their lives back on track.
“We hope the new homeless community in Lockwood Street is a real success and we are delighted to award the £5,000 grant to sponsor a room, making a difference to one of the residents.”
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