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Tackling homelessness … creating hope

Hope House Chesterfield is a Christian charity aiming to support those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Chesterfield and NE Derbyshire area. Our main project is currently providing accommodation in central Chesterfield for vulnerable men.

Together with ‘Green Pastures’ (a major provider of homeless accommodation in the UK) Hope House is working with multiple partners to offer a safe space for up-to 14 men who need a place and space to rebuild their lives. Whilst the £250,000 refurbishment of the Hope House building provides a clean and safe space to stay it is the Hope House Community that helps make life worth living. In the Hope House Community new friendships are made, new skills are learned, new confidence is gained, old habits are broken, damaged relationships are put right and health is restored as residents move towards independent living.

Hope House Community life involves establishing positive routines – cooking and eating together, access to vocational training and medical support, exercising and developing life skills. All with the aim of progressing towards independent living after 1-2 years.  The building is drugs and alcohol free as residents are helped to overcome addictions or other life challenges. It is hoped that residents will still feel part of the Hope House family after they leave and continue to access support for as long as they want to.  The Community is proud of its Christian foundation, ethos and practice but none are excluded on the grounds of race, religion or sexual orientation.

The vision for Hope House emerged after St Thomas’ Church in Brampton realised the gap in homeless provision in the area. Rev Sally-Anne Beecham, a Trustee of the charity and Community Chaplain commented, “After getting to know homeless people at the Winter Night Shelter we realised that just giving vulnerable people accommodation isnt enough. Hope House will provide the support, love, patience and the family that every person needs, yet so many are without“.

Andrew Travis, Hope House Finance Officer said, “Hope House will be a facility Chesterfield can be proud of. Im confident that despite these difficult times the good people of our town will come together to help overcome homelessness in their community“.