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Salvation Army Lifehouse supports 3,000 vulnerable people

Stephen (not his real name) ended up in Skegness after returning from Spain at the end of his long-term relationship. He ran a successful business in Spain. He had to return to the UK without many of his documents and therefore had to prove that he was a British citizen.

When he arrived in Skegness he slept rough for several nights. He slept in a tent which was lacerated during the night – fortunately, when he was not there, he also slept in bus shelters.

He said: “I was at rock bottom, I couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I had no hope. Stephen was helped by Lifehouse to rebuild his life, retrain and volunteer for emergency relief services.

George Hockings, director of the center since 2003, said: “We have helped over 3,000 people since we opened our doors in 2001. Homelessness can affect anyone, and it certainly does not discriminate against very successful people who have businesses or careers. .

“We help people tackle the complex reasons for their homelessness, such as poor mental health, relationship breakdown, domestic violence, trauma or addiction. We are here to help people move forward positively in their lives after a period of homelessness.

“For some, tackling the reasons for their homelessness only takes a short time, while others may need longer-term professional help. Here at Witham Lodge Lifehouse, we walk alongside people to get that help.