SOUL FOUNDATION LOCAL
When I was three my parents split up and my Dad moved away, leaving me, my mum and older brother. A year later, she met a new partner who also had a son and I loved having another brother. Then things changed – her partner physically abused me and my brothers for years and my mum became so depressed that she didn’t want to do anything about it. After around nine years, they split up.
By the age of 15 I was taking care of Mum – she was still depressed and would go to work and just come home to play on her computer. I think that was her way of coping with life. I was at school, then went out to work myself.
A few years down the line, we received an eviction letter and Mum moved in with a new partner, leaving me to fend for myself. I couldn’t afford my rent, so I moved into the YMCA. I messed that up by not listening to my support workers, went in and out of hostels and ended up on the streets, taking drugs and drinking to numb the pain.
During this time, I found church and got saved but I was still struggling and ready to give up on my faith and everything else. A Christian housing foundation stepped in and found me a home. I met someone and got engaged – things were looking up. But then we sadly split.
At that time, I came across SOUL Church and was invited to do the internship, helping me grow and showing me purpose. I now have the honour of leading SOUL Streets and helping the homeless. My dream of abolishing homelessness is now stronger than ever – God has gone way beyond my expectations!
HELPING THE HOMELESS
Our team work with the Salvation Army to bring food and clothing to the homeless across our city every week, and we’d love to do more. Last year’s Heart for the House offering provided a hot food trailer so, instead of just sandwiches, we could offer more nourishing and warming meals to those on the streets – thank you for your generosity!
This year, we’d like to buy a shower trailer, so people have somewhere to get clean, warm up under hot water and then change their clothes. We’d encourage you to give generously once more – we’re showing love and bringing dignity to those who so desperately need it.