It's now week 7 of lockdown and our staff and volunteers are continuing to work hard to support more than 80 people who have become homeless through the asylum process. Last week, our client support team were on the road making their fortnightly house visits to check in with clients and to deliver food allowances along with other essential supplies.
Some of the people we’re supporting are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with life, having lost so many of their practical and physical support networks. We’re working extra hard to keep in contact with people regularly, trying to find new and creative ways to offer targeted support that will make a real difference.
We are also continuing to work with the nine men who moved from our night shelter into temporary accommodation. It’s wonderful to see that our volunteer-led daily meals delivery rota is now full for May and more than half of June as well!
If you are on social media, you may have seen that today is #GivingTuesdayNow, which is a global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. It is also an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity, to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal.
What better time to celebrate and give thanks to the many people that are working so hard and showing so much kindness across our communities? Their kindness ensures that the most vulnerable people are safe and well and that they know that they matter. Here at Boaz we are so grateful for all our partner organisations across Manchester and beyond who are serving, campaigning and working harder than ever to end destitution. We’re grateful for our trustees and wider volunteer community who are serving in different ways. We're grateful for our friends (and their families!) who gave up their time last weekend to raise awareness and funds for Boaz as part of the 26.2 campaign. We really are thankful for all of you who have given money and practical support over the last 7 weeks to help us respond quickly to the rapidly changing circumstances and restrictions.
One of our clients, Amie, shared her thoughts on life in lockdown, and told us how despite all the challenges, she is continuing to volunteer to support other people who face similar difficulties. It seems fitting to end with her words:
“…people are starting to understand that this is about humanity. Before this, not everybody took the time to look after each other, but now we are doing that... Coronavirus came and it taught us that we have to appreciate everything. At the end of this, we will come to appreciate one another and truly learn to be there for one another.”