Charity of the Month

 

Acton Homeless Concern

Emmaus House/Damien Centre

 

Jesus said, “...I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing.”

The Gospel of St Matthew

 

Acton Homeless Concern runs Emmaus House and the Damien Centre to provide the needs of many local homeless and poor who came to the centre seeking food clothing, friendship, counselling and professional advice. They function as the practical Christian response to the social realities of the poor, the homeless, the alcoholic, and the mentally anxious. Normally, Emmaus House would provide a good meal and visitors would have access to a wide range of other services too. Amongst many services provided it had been possible for clients to see a doctor, dentist, chiropodist, barber, or even an optician (all of whom give their time on a voluntary basis). A drug counsellor visited the house once a month and clients could get referrals for further advice and counselling. The activities at the house endeavoured to meet a very broad range of needs.

However, all that has now changed owing to Covid-19.

 

Acton Homeless Concern is asking residents for help in their efforts to provide support to the homeless during the present pandemic.

Like everyone else, the restrictions on shopping and movement are affecting the charity by disrupting their normal suppliers and donors and clients. Currently, they can only give a take away service to clients to reduce the risk of infection. Donations of sliced bread and takeaway drink containers with lids would be much appreciated. If there are takeaway services in the area with spare supplies, anything they can spare would be invaluable.

Chair of Acton Homeless Concern Trustees, Anne Gray, has said, "We are still up and running services at Emmaus House for our clients who need us more than ever. We are all passionate about carrying on for as long as we are able and needed."

If you think you can help, contact the manager Ian on 020 8992 5768 during office hours.

 

If you would like to make a donation to Acton Homeless Concern, then please consider doing so through JustGiving. It couldn't be simpler to donate. Just visit www.justgiving.com, search for Acton Homeless Concern and make your donation. UK taxpayers can claim Gift Aid at no extra cost. Gift Aid enables us to claim 28p in every Pound donated in additional funds.

Further information about the charity can be found at www.actonhomelessconcern.org and their Facebook page.

 

 


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