The Mission and Giving notice board display this month (November) features the Southampton Street Support Action Group, a homelessness project which aims to get everyone off the street, at least at night, into warm and secure accommodation. The Abbey supports the project in prayer and by funding ‘welcome packs’ which contain essentials such as toiletries which are given to those hostel ‘guests’ coming off the streets. Please take time to have a look at the display.

Homelessness is something we wouldn’t wish on anyone. At this time of year there are about 40-50 people in Southampton who are homeless and on the street. That’s 40-50 people who are often wet and freezing cold and very vulnerable. They are at risk of verbal and physical abuse and have increased health risks. They are a very varied group and are there for a variety of different reasons. Some have developed addictions as a way of coping with their situation.

Several Southampton churches are taking part in the ‘Homelessness Project’. Romsey Abbey’s contribution funds unisex ‘Welcome Packs’ which contain: a change of clothing; a towel; toiletries; chocolate and orange juice. It’s a ‘start’ to a warm night. The fold-up beds are of high quality and very comfortable. These ‘winter shelter projects’ have been very successful in Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Bristol and the I.O.W. Work is also being done on providing Specialist Workers focusing on substance abuse and mental health.

The Abbey supported this project last year and with the PCC’s approval, are doing so again this year.

Prayer is such a powerful tool. We will be praying for the Homeless in our sunday services in November but please also do so in your individual daily prayers.

If you are interested and want to know more about the charity visit streetsupport.net/southampton or in the Abbey please chat with Dr Richard Peace (Mission and Giving Committee).