Homelessness charity refurbishes support centre for 50th anniversary
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
A homelessness charity has refurbished a support centre in time for its 50th anniversary.
London City Mission’s (LCM) Webber Street day centre had been providing care, support, food, showers and clothing for the past 50 years to homeless people but the property was in need of refurbishment.
Thanks to CRASH - the construction and property industry’s charity which focuses on improving buildings that offer help and shelter to homeless people across the UK - more than a hundred homeless men and women will benefit each day from a safe haven off the streets of Waterloo.
Through CRASH, the centre received professional expertise from EC Harris, AECOM, Child Graddon Lewis Architects and NHBC Building Control, materials from British Gypsum, Dulux Trade and Johnson Tiles and a cash grant of £30,000 from Story of Christmas Appeal.
After the day centre reopened at the end of March, Webber Street’s Ministries Director Duncan Cuthill reported that feedback on the improvements from the guests had been “consistently positive”.
He said: "The goal of the project was to improve the building so that our staff can offer a better service to guests. We believe that these practical improvements will be of great benefit while we continue to offer acceptance, friendship and hope to homeless people. We warmly thank everyone who was involved with this project."
The team at Webber Street seek to meet the physical needs of homeless men and women with cooked breakfasts, cups of tea and coffee, hot showers and clothing. Though simple everyday things, the acts are transformative for the guests, restoring some of the dignity that life on the streets has taken from them.
One the centre's guests said: “Normally people look down on you but here, for three hours a day, I can forget I’m homeless.”
CRASH helps an average of 85 homelessness charities a year by providing pro-bono professional advice, donations of building materials and cash grants.