Bringing hope where there is despair
At the Whitechapel Mission, we have been helping Londoners to help the homeless since 1876, meeting the specific needs of each man and woman who walks through our doors.
We are a volunteer led work with very few staff, but this does not mean we are a small organization.
First, we help the homeless by meeting immediate needs: food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. In our recovery programs, we address deeper needs for life-skills and job skills training, and addiction recovery. We measure our progress against four criteria, which indicate to us that a life has been transformed from homelessness to hope: connection to family, commitment to sobriety, a job and a place to live, and a plan for the future.
Today, The Whitechapel Mission is a results-oriented organization that is recognized as one of London's most effective.
We promote the concept of being part of the Mission and taking ownership of the Mission. Any and all who come are welcome. The services we offer are built upon trust and belonging. We are an inclusion centre rather than an exclusion centre.
Wendy was a drug addict, involved in prostitution and street sleeping. A regular visitor to the Whitechapel Mission, coming to us for somewhere warm and safe to relax, she was never quite ready to get her life back on track. With our help and support, she was able, eventually, to leave the streets of Whitechapel and move into permanent accommodation, but continued to abuse drugs and fund it through prostitution. Wendy died in 2012, leaving two children. We were never able to reach Wendy, but could offer her friendship and somewhere she could be safe.
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