After a relationship breakdown and mental health crisis Mark* found himself homeless. He was placed in numerous hostels and hotels but without the support to thrive there was no hope he might find somewhere long term to stay – to find a home.

After these placements broke down Mark ended up sleeping on a bench in a local park. Here he was found by our team.

During his stay in the park he started to clean the pond. Filled with a desire to keep busy and help out, he used this to help keep his mind calm when he was struggling with his addictions and mental health.

Mark was referred to Oasis Community Housing. Graham one of our outreach team worked with Mark to help him find peace.

Just the beginning

“A lot of people think when a person is housed that’s the end point, in reality it’s just the beginning,” Graham explains, 

“When a person is rough sleeping their minds and bodies are on high alert afraid of being assaulted or robbed nightly, being at the mercy of the elements and on top of this they’re battling keep on top of their addictions.”

“Moving into a stable home can cause many of the difficult feelings and experiences to rise to the surface. Their sleep suffers, nights are broken and tinged with anxiety as many are always on their guard: this takes its toll.”

The help to find a home

It’s been six weeks since Graham helped Mark find a home and he moved in, and he is doing so well. He’s helping in a community garden and he still pops to the park to clean the pond. It’s become a huge part of his recovery and still helps him find peace and purpose.

This Thursday Mark is off to the cinema with one of our team, he hasn’t been for a years and can’t wait to go. We are blessed to be able to have the funds to do this. It may seem like a small thing but it’s something that will help him have some respite from his daily struggles.

How you can help

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