As you may know, our Winter Shelter runs every year between December and February to provide warm accommodation to the homeless of Canterbury. This year, we had planned to proceed with our shelter as we would normally, with a church-based shelter available for up to 20 people. However, the recent Covid variant, Omicron put pay to these plans and we have had to find different accommodation that allows for individuals to have their own space to distance from others during this time.
Lynda Desmarais, a good friend and long time supporter of Catching Lives has very kindly allowed us to borrow a city centre Ben & Breakfast for the duration of the Winter Shelter project to ensure we are able to continue with it. This is such a kind gesture and we are extremely grateful to her for this. Lynda owns Canterbury’s only organic eco food shop, Unboxed Kent, based in St Peter’s Street, Canterbury.
We have now begun the project and are currently accommodating 5 clients at the shelter, with our project workers on hand to support them. We are looking forward to a successful Winter Shelter project and thanks to everyone involved, and expecially Lynda.
Find out more about our Winter Shelter here.
I was given a Room as part of the of the winter Project. And though the Help of Paul and many others, I have been given a room in a shared house. I was so pleased that I have a place to call my own.
Also If It was not for the Help Of people that help out, I would not be here, as I would not no ware to go, they help me in so many ways, ( Food, Clothing, and the used of the showers,). The help that they offer is not like anything that I have had before, They never turn any one away, and everyone is treated the same.
A Nice warm welcome to all that enter, Food is always Hot, a tea and coffee is always on tap.
So I must Thank them with all my hart, as they save my life,