Roza is from Eritrea, and last year she moved on from Boaz into asylum support accommodation provided by the Home Office, after we supported her to submit a fresh claim. Before coming to Boaz, Roza was staying in a place providing basic accommodation for men and women, and she was becoming increasingly unwell.
‘My God… I was not sleeping. I have headache, I’m scared because too many people. Some people were shouting, using drugs. I wasn’t eating at that time, so I was very tired but not sleeping. I kept forgetting things, getting lost finding the place, walking too far.
My friend told me about Boaz, and brought me to the office. Someone looked at my doctors letters, and saw I was sick and then Boaz quickly helped me and moved me in to a house. Boaz is more than family. Sometimes I have flashbacks, but Boaz helped me find a good doctor. I feel safe in the house, even when I get scared. Sometimes I wake up at midnight with flashbacks and thinking too much… but I had a psychologist, and the doctor helped me.
Life is too different because of Boaz.... In my situation, Boaz is the one chance. If no Boaz… I can’t imagine. When I came to Boaz, my head changed to good thinking. Before, it was bad thinking.
Boaz have lots of activities - any activity, I come to… learning, sewing, painting, Free Shop, making food – too many things! For your mind, it is good to be busy. Learning things, meeting people, it’s good to speak English. Conversation class, exercise – anything to be busy. Not everyone in Boaz goes to activities… they are not clever people if they don’t go to activities!’
We can't think of a better advocate for Boaz Life (even if we might not use her exact words when we're encouraging clients to get involved!).
We're currently accommodating more people than we've been able to previously, through shared houses and hosts. But our waiting list is growing more than ever. We'd hoped to take on an additional house for people like Roza this year but we've had to delay that because unfortunately we simply don't have the funds available.
Please could you consider donating to our work, to help us continue with our plans to support more people like Roza who are destitute, homeless or staying in very risky accommodation?
If you prefer, you can contact Tim on [email protected] or on 0161 202 1056 to discuss other ways of giving for example directly through online banking, over the phone or through payroll giving.
We asked Roza about her plans as she was moving on from Boaz. Like many of the people we work with her first hope was that she would be granted a positive decision on her asylum application and that she would be given permission to live and work here in the UK. But then she told us: 'I am not finished with Boaz- I will be part of Boaz forever!'
Thank you for standing with us, and supporting our growing Boaz family. We are so thankful that you are part of this journey with us!