Salisbury Homeless Seeking Help In The Snow
25th January 2013
Salisbury Homeless seeking help in snow
The recent cold weather has seen a significant increase in support being sought by homeless people in the city, local charity Alabaré Christian Care & Support report this week. The charity’s Drop In Centre, run from Alabaré Place in Barnard’s Street, saw record numbers of people seeking help on Monday with 56 visiting in a single session. The centre provides hot meals and drinks, as well as giving access to hot showers and clothes washing facilities. Staff also hand out sleeping bags and dry winter clothes to individuals, some of whom are spending long periods out in the freezing weather.
Drop In Centre Manager Doreen Knight says “People are coming to us to get out of the awful weather. We’ve served over 100 meals in the last few days; they just want to be warm and inside for as long as possible. Most have got some form of accommodation, whether it’s through Alabaré or other means, but some still struggle to afford heating or hot dinners, and others literally have no where. We can help them with warm clothing and sleeping bags and try and get them shelter for the night.”
The charity is also providing severe weather emergency accommodation to rough sleepers who would otherwise be forced to endure nights out in the snow and ice. The provision, which is in addition to the charity’s usual accommodation service, and has been full each night since the freezing weather set in.
Alabaré would like to thank all the Journal readers who have recently donated sleeping bags, food and clothes to its centres. The gifts have been of huge benefit to service users at the Drop In Centres, and everyone is extremely grateful.
If you would like to make a donation to Alabaré and support of homeless people in Salisbury, please call 01722 322882