Jamal's campaign has fully funded! 🎉 A Beam employee is now supporting him on his journey through training and into work as an electrician.
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That moment in 2017 when I found myself in a room of my own after years of rough sleeping, I cried. It meant so much to me to do the simplest of things without needing to hide from the weather or feel self-conscious.
I had a good job for over ten years, working in painting, decorating and tiling. But in 2012, three of my close family members died within the same year. I became very low, almost giving up. My depression led to the loss of my job and my house. For the next four years I was on the move, sometimes staying with friends, often sleeping outside or on night buses to escape the cold. Then somebody told me about Streetlink, and how they could help. I knew that with support, I could pull myself up. Streetlink found me a hostel and referred me to St Mungo’s. Now thanks to their support I’m in stable housing and ready to get back to work.
I want to build on my previous experience to become an electrician. This is perfect for my technical and practical mind. Electricians are always in demand and I’ll be able to keep working for many years to come. It’s about helping people have the basics we all need - light, somewhere to cook, even to keep warm. The thought that I can get back to helping others? That just makes me really happy.Show More
Jamal is referred by one of Beam's charity partners, St Mungo's
Jamal's campaign goes live
Jamal begins his Level 2 Electrical Diploma
Jamal completes his Level 2 and Beam launches a new campaign to fund his Level 3
Jamal begins his Level 3 Electrical Diploma
Jamal completes his Level 3 and starts work as a full-time electrician
Too often homeless people are forced to lie out of sheer desperation. We think it's better when relationships are built on trust and honesty. Beam verifies each member in 4 ways:
1. Referral: every member of Beam is referred by a registered homelessness charity or local authority.
2. Interviews: before their campaign launches, each member is interviewed twice by a Beam Member Manager.
3. References: we take references on each member from the charity who refers them and someone in a position of responsibility.
4. Profile: we take great care to verify information in a member's story is true.
It's your money.
We work hard to ensure that you can give confidently.
A caseworker or "Member Manager" is an employee of Beam who helps those referred to Beam to plan a crowdfunding campaign and supports them through training and into work.
All Member Managers are trained professionals who specialise in supporting vulnerable adults by focusing on their strengths and abilities.