Homeless projects are always looking for suitable move-on accommodation. If you are aware of any HMO (House of Multiple Occupation) property anywhere in the Diocese, please let Caritas know.
In particular, Lazarus, one of our network projects is looking for an 8+ bed accommodation in the Diocese outside of Central London. They would be interested to work with local homeless partners on a new move-on solution.
The full recording of the second Diocese of Westminster Homeless Network Event is here. It is titled ‘Living and responding to those with lived experience of Homelessness’. Hear from Kerri Douglas, an author and blogger and survivor of homelessness and Jon Kuhrt who is the Specialist Rough Sleeping Advisor to MHCLG. Watch and share to inspire others how to respond to those experiencing homelessness in your parish. The link to Kerri Douglas’ book Gutter to Glory is here If you want to order in bulk, please let me know.
The next homeless networking meeting is 26th August 3:30-5pm. Please avoid disappointment. Save the date/ pre-register HERE.
Ongoing Caritas Support
Caritas Development Workers can help Parish Priests, Parish Office Staff, SVP Groups, Parish Social Action Groups, Caritas Representatives in the following ways and more:-
Apply for Caritas Crisis or Funeral Grants on behalf of someone who is struggling.
Issue Supermarket Vouchers, or help to source food via the Caritas Food Collective.
Link to other social action groups/ local charities known to us for referrals, advice or best practice sharing. Networking of Food, Homeless & Migrant and Refugee Projects.
Discern how to respond to the needs of the community through Catholic Social Teaching (Love in Action programme and The Why)
The set-up or development of any social outreach, including our new Road to Resilience set of resources – helping people after the pandemic with listening exercises, community organising or a social justice response.
‘The Why’ is a simple resource for parishes to use to reflect on social outreach activities undertaken during the pandemic, and to use Catholic Social Teaching to discern the next steps. Download here.
Displacement in our Christian history is not new. In the Preface to the Pastoral Guidance on Climate Displaced Persons (reproduced below), Pope Francis summarised the issues, concerns and guidance associated with displacement and migration associated with Climate Change. The complete guidance document is available through the link at the top of the page.
Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other. ‘Today Jesus speaks those same words to you: “Take heart, I am here with you, allow me to enter and your life will change”. That is why the Lord gives you his word, so that you can receive it like a love letter…’ Pope Francis (zenit.org)
Mary’s Meals provides one good meal to some of the world’s poorest children every school day. Our work is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, who brought up her own child in poverty. Mary’s Meals consists of, respects, and reaches out to people of all faiths and of none.
“All around the world, schools are closed and homes have become places of learning. This means we have had to find new ways to feed the children who eat Mary’s Meals – sometimes the only food they receive in a day. The UN recently published a report calling for urgent attention to be given to the plight of children globally. It highlights the catastrophic effect that loss of school meals during the coronavirus pandemic could have in the world’s poorest countries.”