Bringing hope where there is despair
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.
Can you help us this Summer to make a difference to those still sleeping on our streets?
We will be here throughout the summer and every day, making a difference and offering opportunities for a whole new life.
In a very recent government report, it is announced that rough sleeping numbers up 30% since this time last year, and doubled since 2010. London, the South East and the South West has the highest number of rough sleepers.
A total of 6,437 rough sleepers were contacted by outreach workers or building based teams in London in 2013 against 3,975 in 2011
48% of rough sleepers are from the UK. 3% from the Republic of Ireland. 25% from EU countries. 12% from the rest of the world and 12% from unknown origins.
And these figures do not cover 'hidden homeless' groups, such as those who are squatting or staying in places which are inaccessible to outreach workers
Please make a donation now and support our work this summer.
|Will let us feed, shower and clothe a homeless person for a day.|
|Will let us share some warmth this winter. Your blanket will help them keep warm as temperatures drop overnight on the streets.|
|Will buy a birth certificate and allow a homeless peron to get their identity back, and place their first foot on the ladder.|
|Would allow us to feed everybody coming to our door for one day.|
If you would like to contribute regularly, you might like to complete a Bankers Order. The Whitechapel Mission is a registered charity and the Trustees wish to express their grateful thanks to all who support the Mission financially, whether your donation be great or small.
If you would like to contribute regularly, we would ask you to complete a Bankers Order. Even if it is only a few of pounds a month, it makes a huge difference to our work. £3 a month is actually worth far more to us than £36 a year.
A 'gift in kind' donation is a great way for you to support the Whitechapel Mission.
Whether you are a church, school, corporate, retailer, manufacturer, agent, distributor, wholesaler or individual - if you have surplus goods then you can help.
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Every day the Whitechapel Mission helps over 250 people, and as many as 300. Many of them come to us because they are living on the streets or have become homeless through family breakdown, violence, poverty or discrimination. Others may be unfairly threatened with eviction, or living in property that is damp, dangerous or overcrowded.
Your gift to The Whitechapel Mission goes to work right away - providing meals, showers, shelter, medical care, lifeskills classes and mentoring for poor and homeless men and women in London. Your gift is safe and secure. You can donate with confidence.
Simply text to the number 70070 with the message:
MISS10 followed by the amount you wish to donate.
E.G: MISS10£2 or MISS10£10
Hope Partners are special friends who give monthly to The Whitechapel Mission. The gifts of Hope Partners are important and help us provide over 100,000 breakfasts, support our advice and counselling and ensure we are open throughout the night during freezing conditions.