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Homelessness charity marks ten years of growth

Christian charity Hope Into Action marks its tenth anniversary this year and now supports over 200 tenants across the UK.

All tenants have support needs and were either homeless or vulnerably housed when referred to Hope Into Action. The charity works with those exiting modern day slavery, refugees, families, those in debt, recovery addicts, those with a history of rough sleeping, those with mental health needs, ex sex-workers and offenders and they have recently opened a single Mums and babies house.

Hope Into Action is unique in the way that it partners with churches to provide the holistic support and everyday interactions that enable tenants to thrive.

Church, Tenant & Network Facilitator Kate Doran-Smith said, “We consider our mission not only to our tenants but equally to churches and consider success to be church members out of the pews and engaging in the lives of some of the most vulnerable or misunderstood in society and those tenants feeling loved in return.”

One volunteer recently commented “I have never prayed like this before, I consider them one of my family” another said “supporting a HIA tenant has made me accept the pride and judgement I held in my heart, I never knew people lived like this.”
This March marks the 10th year of Hope Into Action and the National Conference will focus on “Stories of Hope” and all that has been achieved over the last decade. The conference is for anyone interested in churches housing the homeless.

Tickets available through the website, but church leaders interested in knowing more about the HIA model can email Kate for a ticket code which will enable them to purchase tickets for the bargain price of £15 (full price £36)

Kate, who previously worked for the charity in Norwich as the regional co-ordinator, now oversees all 25 locations across the UK and is recruiting for an administrator. She said, “I’m delighted that due to growth across our Network and the continued blessing of God’s rain (Deut 11:13-14) we are now in a position to advertise a new post. It’s an incredibly exciting and innovative opportunity for someone who is deeply committed to seeing the church fulfil its biblical mandate to the poor in a long lasting, yoke breaking, life changing way.”

The full job advert can be found on Network Norfolk here

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