STORIES - LINDA
The following is a true account, the name has been changed.
Linda was aged 67 when she was made homeless. She had no family,
no friends who were in a position to help and was sleeping in her car.
Linda, through her own admission, was too proud to ask for help. But a
member of the public called Crawley Open House, worried about her
welfare. Our Outreach Team spoke to her and encouraged her to accept
help and a bed space in her hostel.
She had no savings, no money and her car was only worth a few
hundred pounds, so nowhere near enough money for a deposit and rent in advance for a new home.
During her stay in our hostel, we helped her sort her pension and benefit issues and she saved enough money to get a deposit with one of our partner organisations. She now is living happily in a one bedroom flat in the local area.
Linda said "I was too proud to accept any help from anyone, I never thought I would be homeless, but it can happen to anyone. When I realised that accepting help wasn't a bad thing, the team at Open House helped and supported me every step of the way. The work they do is wonderful and I cannot be more grateful."
You can help people like Linda.