We work with other local charities and services to assist people at risk of homelessness. In 1993 we opened the St Albans night shelter, and led the development of the Open Door accommodation and Drop-In Centre in Bricket Road. We continue to make grants to improve the facilities.
The charity currently funds two support roles based at Open Door:
If you see a rough sleeper who may need support you can contact St Albans Safer Streets Outreach team on 07825 103842, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Open Door Charity also makes occasional grants to other local charities and organisations, to deliver services or outcomes that will meet the Charity’s objectives in supporting homeless people and those at risk of homelessness in the St Albans area.
Grants may be up to £10,000 but typically are smaller value. At present we have a budget of £25,000 available for such grants.
Graham worked full time until a few months before coming to Open Door. After a relationship breakdown, he lost his job and his home.
“When I first came to Open Door I had never been in a night shelter before so I didn’t know what to expect. The man sat on the sofa offered me his hand and said, “welcome to Open Door”, and gave me his name. These were some of the nicest words I’d heard in a long time.
The team at Open Door were very welcoming and professional. They took me in and during my stay they went out of their way to help me. I have seen a lot of people that were helped in equal ways that meant that our dignity was not taken away at any time. Everyone is treated with respect at Open Door, no matter what their background or life experience.”
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