I don't think many people can understand how it feels - to be my age and not have a home. Before 2018 I was living in my own flat. Then the rent went up. I couldn't afford it anymore and I was getting into debt. It really makes you feel hopeless. It seemed like there was no other option but to leave. But leaving meant I was intentionally becoming homeless. The council couldn't offer me anywhere else to go.
I'm thankful to a friend who has given me a place to stay. Without her, I would be sleeping on the streets. I know that I can't stay there for too long though, as there are seven of us in a two bed flat. It's a good thing that I'm quite a strong minded person. I'm willing to fight for things.
Things started to turn around when I found out about the House of St Barnabas. I met somebody who told me about their Employment Programme so I researched it and got referred. It was the best thing I could have done. Before that I didn't know whether I was coming or going. They gave me new hope and restored my confidence. From there, I was referred to Beam for support with my security training.
I know that I'd make a great security guard and I'd especially love to work with CCTV. I've got a real eye for detail and have always been good with computers. With this qualification, I can free myself from financial struggle and find somewhere to call my own. I've also got four grandkids so it would be amazing to be able to visit them and treat them. With your help, I'll be able to get my independence back. From my heart, thank you!