‘Hope that we remain as resilient as ever, no matter the day or weather’
Society holds outdated perceptions of homeless people. All it takes to deconstruct these views is to sit down and talk with them like any other person. Living without a home is difficult enough but eventually living is reduced to just surviving. Beacon House has seen success in aiding those who need it, providing support, legal expertise, hot meals and humanity. They have helped people make a positive change by being a safe space to go during the day. Those who have used Beacon House are some of the most friendly, charismatic and best story-tellers I have met. They bring a vibrant energy to Beacon House where they are encouraged and pointed towards the right steps to make a change. The relationships formed between staff and service users is at the core of Beacon House.
One service user who came to Beacon House 6 months ago was sleeping on the streets. This led them to slowly lose the motivation to continue to survive. They looked to other means to cope and realised that something had to be done. Upon visiting Beacon House they have made a real, conscious effort to find their way again. With Beacon House’s support they have secured housing, enrolled in a college course to expand on their pre-existing expertise and remained sober. They have stopped living with a day-day mindset and instead developed one which encompasses the present and the future in which they have achieved full independence. Upon speaking to them the key to this success was having a mindset of ‘You get out what you put in with Beacon House’- reflecting how one needs to show commitment to change in order for Beacon House to be able to fully help.