Winter 2017/18 – update after 5 weeks

The shelter has been running for just over 5 weeks and more people have asked to stay with us than ever before.

47 people have approached one of our Booking Partners to request a stay with us. These requests have been assessed and almost everyone has been offered the opportunity to meet with us to discuss a stay.

  • 20 people have stayed with us for at least one night
    • Of these 20;
      • 11 are current guests
      • 6 chose to end their stay with us
      • 1 was unable to fit within our structure so they have been accommodated in a hostel
      • 2 have been housed but are still invited to the shelter for dinner
  • 13 people did not turn up to meet us in order to discuss staying at our shelter
  • 10 people found somewhere else to stay rather than coming to our shelter
  • 3 people did not meet our criteria (we do not take guests with a high risk of violence)
  • 1 request has only just been received and is still being assessed

As a result of their stay with us this season, our guests have found work, made significant improvements to their health, been able to stay with us before having to sleep rough, worked with local organisations to get support with benefits and long term housing, signed up to get help with substance abuse, re-connected with their family and been referred for specialist treatment.

We know that our shelter is not a solution for everyone. Around a third of those who stay with us find that they cannot or do not want to continue their stay. Some people in need of shelter don’t ask to stay with us because they know that we are not right for them.

There are still people sleeping rough in Ipswich. Lots of local organisations and group exist to provide support for those who are homeless and we work with them to try and help where we can. We rely entirely on donations in order to provide the shelter. You can see how to make a donation to support our work here.