At the start of the pandemic I was living on the streets of Manchester. I used to go to places to get support, but gradually they started locking down and there was nowhere to go. For the first lockdown I was homeless on the streets. I had lived on the streets for five years and when I heard people saying we had to ‘stay at home’ I didn’t know how I could do that because I didn’t have a home.

During the first lockdown I was attacked on the street. I was taken to hospital because I was badly bleeding and I had blood coming out of my ear. When I left hospital I went back to sleeping on the streets. Sometimes I could not sleep because the pain would wake me up and because people passing kick you when you are sleeping. It was cold and raining, and I used to think that only God knows what would happen to me.

Eventually I went back to Cornerstone to ask for help. At night it felt too difficult for me and I knew that I needed a place to rest. 

In January this year I was moved into a hotel. At that time I was still suffering and bleeding from the attack. At the hotel I met other people in a situation like mine and it was there that I found out about the Boaz Trust. Later that month I was able to move into the Boaz house. After that situation – being on the streets – to have a house and support was like ‘wow.’ I didn’t know that Boaz existed. I had been homeless for so long and had never received anything like this before.

I have a lot of friends and I have met a lot of people. When I came to the UK I didn’t speak any English at all. I started meeting people and learning English and now I understand a lot. I need support, but I can also help people just like people helped me.

Sometimes I wonder why I did not find Boaz sooner. When I moved to the hotel and met Boaz I suddenly saw a lot of good people around me.

Only God knows what will happen. Maybe everything will be okay, but we cannot know the future.

The Boaz Trust is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1110344 at Kath Locke Centre, 123 Moss Lane East, Manchester M15 5DD. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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