Vaiva Adomaityte coordinated Christ Church’s contribution to this year’s GrowTH Tower Hamlets Night Shelter. Christ Church hosted 9 Sunday evenings ( 6- 10 pm). This season we helped from March to April. Men and women from all walks of life came to the project for help. We provided an evening meal at St Anne’s Limehouse in a Parish team, with St Anne’s & St Peter’s Barge ans St Luke’s Millwall.
Our team (the picture below captures just a few of them) helped by setting up the living space, cooking dinner (for 20 people approx ): prepared and served tea, coffee, dessert as well as had people volunteer to other help e.g. hair cutting, and general socialising. During the past few months several guests were allocated with permanent homes, found a new jobs, were referred to work training schemes and were taking language courses to help them with their path.
GrowTH is an initiative by local churches in Tower Hamlets to respond to homelessness in the local community. The project provides emergency night shelter which provides both immediate shelter for homeless men and women and assistance in securing more permanent longer-term accommodation. The night shelter operates for seven months of the year and guests are welcomed from the local area without discrimination or favour.
GrowTH provides supported housing for formerly homeless men and are developing social enterprises to assist guests towards mainstream employment. GrowTH is a holistic response to homelessness addressing both practical and spiritual needs, so the guests are given the opportunity to engage with the Christian faith if they so wish.’
For more information about GrowTH please see : www.thisisgrowth.org