“We stand at a critical time. There really is an opportunity to create significant and lasting change in addressing and preventing rough sleeping. And because the role of churches and faith groups is so important, it is vital they play as effective a role as possible.” Jon Kuhrt
With it not being possible to operate night shelters in 2020/21 and the government’s ‘Everyone In’ initiative during the pandemic, the approach to the issue of homelessness has had to change. This includes how faith and community groups respond to those experiencing homelessness.
This very helpful and challenging article looks at what this response could look like. Jon gives real insight into the current issues and possible new and effective ways for churches, charities and other volunteer groups to respond.
Jon Kuhrt is currently the Rough Sleeping Adviser to the government specialising in how faith and community groups respond to homelessness. He is also a volunteer in his local church night shelter in South London.
Read the full article here.
The churches in Eastbourne have adapted from the established Winter Night Shelter model and are offering support in various ways to former rough sleepers. If you would like to learn more, please click here or contact us for more information.