Bringing hope where there is despair
The Whitechapel Mission is a daycentre, helping Londoners to help the homeless since 1876, meeting the specific needs of each individual who walks through our doors. 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.
If the temperature drops below freezing, the Whitechapel Mission responds by opening throughout the night. The Daycentre will open at 8pm each evening, with a hot cooked meal served until 10pm. Conditions are expected to get noticeably colder in the coming days/weeks and in preparation, The Whitechapel Mission is preparing its severe weather emergency protocol (SWEP) to provide additional support to people sleeping rough.
This service is in addition to any provision provided by statutory bodies and is totally independent.
Last year, during ‘the beast from the east’, the The Whitechapel Mission welcomed 150 people a night during the freezing conditions with the offer of shelter.
This service is controlled by the temperature gauge (to the left) and opens at 8pm, on nights where the temperature is below freezing. Please note - We DO accept self referrals on any night.
The centre may be used by some to simply keep warm and away from the streets
Please call 03000 111 400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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Charlie had been sniffing glue since he was 12 years old and said it was his way of dealing with the abuse he received. A long time visitor to the Whitechapel Mission, he always claimed he was not ready to leave the streets, so we welcomed him each morning and waited. Today, Charlie is clean of glue and has his own place to live. It was just a case of waiting until he was ready for our help. We don't see much of Charlie these days, but that is normal. He doesn't need us any longer.