Thank you so much for your generous support this Christmas. 2021 continued to be difficult for us all, but when facing hardship so many of you chose to reach out and help others. To make sure people in our society were not homeless and alone at Christmas. Across the country, amazing people came together to donate, fundraise, and volunteer their time to help people experiencing homelessness. We were able to support hundreds of people over the Christmas period, and this wouldn’t have been possible without you.
You helped to provide warmth, comfort, safety and hope for the future. As more people face the prospect of losing their home, your support will help us continue to be there, side by side, every step of the way. Until everyone in our society has a place they can call home.
Joe*, found his stay in the hotel “Perfect”. He said, “It’s been a long time since I had my hair cut. Now I can start thinking about how I can get back on my feet."
“I was sleeping on the street after I lost my job, my wife, my documents, everything I have."
Joe said of his experience, "Crisis has saved my life. I feel safe now, having a safe place to sleep.”
*Joe is a pseudonym to protect his identity.
“People say time is money, but it’s not – time is time. I can use mine to help people. Living in London, I see people experiencing homelessness all the time, so Crisis at Christmas was the perfect opportunity for me to help.
“The best thing about Crisis at Christmas is seeing the smile on the guests’ faces. We’re not there to judge, and once they see that we treat them as any other person, you can really see them opening up. And the services make such a huge difference.
“Through volunteering at Crisis at Christmas, I’ve met some of the most intelligent people and had amazing conversations with people who have been forced into homelessness.
“What skills am I using? My smile! You can’t see it behind my mask, but you can hear it. I love talking to people, interacting and having a conversation.
“There’s a guest I’ve met this year who is deaf. He taught me some sign language when I took him his breakfast – you learn so much as a volunteer! I saw him again later, and knew how to communicate with him.
“What can I say to supporters apart from thank you from the bottom of my heart.”