The collection at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper is taken for those in need. This year it will go to support the work of Tabor House.
Tabor House is Birmingham’s only permanent night shelter, and offers safety, support, warmth and encouragement to people without the basics and necessities of life.
The project provides a bed for the night, a shower, food, warm clothes, dignity, respect and the hand of friendship. More than this, it works with local experts, partners and trained volunteers to support people to move on.
How it works
Tabor House offers a volunteer-led mentoring and befriending programme to offer hospitality as well as support. It works with local agencies to ensure those staying at Tabor House can access the additional support required to bring a person out of the lifestyle of the street, back into living independently and being able to manage their own lives.
There are two offers of support – a three night offer and a 28 night offer for guests who are ready to move forward. They will be assigned a mentor to work with them on a weekly basis for three months. This holistic pre-engagement support includes mentoring, information and advice and will be tailored to each person’s needs and strengths.
It can include help with reading and writing skills, health checks, support to overcome addiction, employability training and much more. Having this support means guests are more likely to engage with services leading to rehabilitation, more permanent accommodation and, eventually, independent living.
A unique part of the support is offering a step-up to guests and ensuring they have somewhere to go at the end of their stay – no-one will be moved on or made homeless., Birmingham’s permanent night shelter for homeless people.
Our local short term Boldmere winter night shelter ends its work this week.
Thank you to Mary James who has coordinated the venture, and to all the volunteers.
If you would like more information about Tabor House, please contact Christy Acton, Deputy Community Projects Manager at Father Hudson’s Care, on 01675 434064 or email email@example.com.
If you are interested in volunteering for the project or would like to know any more, please call 0121 647 5106 between 10am and 1pm Monday to Friday.