BCM’s new Care Centre Manager, Steve Bagnall, shares his hopes, plans and prayers for the coming year and talks about how we can all help transform lives.
What an end to the year! In the 6 weeks prior to Christmas, the Care Centre was full to capacity every evening we were open. 45 guests each night.
The Lord provided us with food for everyone. Nobody went away hungry. Everyone who wanted a shower received one. Everyone who needed a fresh set of clothes received it. Everyone who needed support with housing or benefits was given the help required. Everyone who wanted prayer was prayed with. Everyone was shown love and everyone had the chance to listen to God’s word through different speakers.
There are multiple reasons for being so busy. Winter tends to be a busier period anyway as we offer a warm, safe place to rest and a hot meal. Many guests will come to discuss accommodation. A nearby hostel has opened their lounge room as a temporary solution over the cold period. This is often used by EU nationals (Polish, Romanian, Czech, Slovenian, Slovakian, Lithuanian etc) who can’t claim public funds and therefore can’t access the majority of hostels as they have no housing benefit. These guests then use our services for a meal in the evening.
Please pray for us as 2020 begins…
- that we can soon open additional evenings and afternoons and for more volunteers to allow this to happen
- for new ideas and skills to help the guests in any way we can
- for us to create more networks and work with other agencies to gain knowledge on issues like addiction, mental health and debt
- for staff member Laura, as she balances her teaching job with her work at the Care Centre, and new staff team member, Peter
- for a hairdresser
- for new contacts for food
- for continued donations of clothing and toiletries
- for the safety of all our guests, volunteers and staff in a chaotic environment
- for more speakers or house groups to deliver the bible message
- for soft hearts and open minds as the guests hear the good news
How can I help the homeless? Many people continue to ask this question. Each circumstance is different but please contact us directly if you’re concerned about someone or would like to know more about how you can help as an individual, church or organisation.
Please also take advantage of our Care Centre cards which can be handed out to those in need. Getting people off the street and into the centre allows us to spend time with them, build a relationship, understand why they’re homeless in the first place. Housing is not always the primary solution as every situation is different and there could be a multitude of reasons why they don’t have a home.
There have been numerous success stories recently but none more so than our very own volunteer Amanda. After two years, Amanda has recently moved into a new house and is awaiting the return of her son from care. After drug addiction, prison and homelessness, Amanda’s life has been transformed by her faith in the Lord. Sadly for us, Amanda will no longer be able to volunteer on a regular basis but please pray for her as she adapts to her new life and pray that more people can transform their lives in the same way that Amanda has.
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8-10 Washington Street, Birmingham B1 1JR
Telephone: 0121 792 9572