Wanstead Parish pledges year-long support for pioneering homeless hostel in Ilford town centre
PUBLISHED: 10:00 13 December 2018
Wanstead Parish has thrown its support behind a pioneering pop-up hostel which aims to rebuild the lives of the borough's rough sleepers.
The parish has pledged to donate money collected during its Christmas and Easter services – its biggest of the year - to Project Malachi.
“It is a scandal that so many men and women are still dying on our streets in Redbridge due to homelessness,” said Rev Dr Jack Dunn.
“This has to end and must be an absolute priority for everyone in our borough.”
Project Malachi, led by the Ilford Salvation Army (SA), will see the creation of a temporary hostel for rough sleepers and homeless people made from recycled shipping containers in Chadwick Road next summer.
Rev Dunn told the Recorder that the parish decided to support the project after conducting a community audit last year, speaking with schools and business among many other groups.
Homelessness, he said, was “a real and growing concern”.
“We wanted to address that head on,” he added.
“We deeply respect the work the SA is doing in this area and love Project Malachi, which we had been happy to support earlier at planning stage.”
“We hope and pray that people will be very generous for this excellent cause.”
On Sunday, Ilford SA captain John Clifton attended services at Christ Church, in Wanstead Place, and St Mary’s the Virgin, in Overton Drive, to explain the project and thank worshippers in advance for the money they will raise.
Christmas services are set to take place at Christ Church on Christmas Eve at 3pm, 4pm, with midnight mass at 11.30pm and Holy Communion at 8am on Christmas Day.
They will take place at St Mary’s the Virgin at 6pm on December 16 and 10am on Christmas Day.
The Recorder is also backing Project Malachi through crowdfunding campaign Redbridge Together, which is also raising funds for the Welcome Centre, in St Mary’s Road.
The centre helps rough sleepers by providing hot meals, showers, clothing and laundry but also advice and support, training and employment and a nurse-led clinic.
To donate to Redbridge Together visit crowdfunder.co.uk/redbridgetogether or text LIFE to 70145 to give £3.