Stephen & Matthews supports Shelter From The Storm.
SFTS is an emergency night shelter in Islington that feeds and houses 40 men & women every night of the year.
Everyone will know someone who has been affected by social and economic problems. Sometimes these problems leave people without a home or a support network.
SFTS attempts to catch people before they fall through the cracks and help them back into work and accommodation.
We provide a "hand up" rather than a "hand out". We have a successful relationship with the Pret A Manger Foundation, who take guests form our Shelter and train them, offering a permanent job with support. We have several guests working at Pret, most of whom have been able to move into their own accommodation.
This is endemic of what Shelter From The Storm does for people who just need a little help. Let's face it most of us need a little help at some times in our lives. We're not a soup kitchen, we're a help kitchen and what is unique about our charity is that we do not receive a single penny from the Government. Every penny raised for the Charity goes into the running of the charity. We don't have fancy offices or a marketing budget.
We have one paid employee, a general manager. Everyone else gives their time for free and we have over 250 regular volunteers.
Stephen & Matthews were asked to assist when the Shelter itself was facing homelessness, after a well-known property landlord gave them a week's notice to leave the building they were operating from.
We worked tirelessly to find a new home and within 3 weeks we were up and running in a warehouse in Islington, and we did not miss a single night of shelter. Imagine having to say to 40 people "sorry you are on the streets tonight". Thankfully this did not happen.
In 40 years of combined property experience this was undoubtedly the greatest deal we ever did or are likely to do.
SFTS is a special project that is very close to our hearts and we will be delighted to discuss this in greater detail with anyone who is interested.
Stephen & Matthew are trustees & volunteers at Shelter From The Storm.