Wonderwall Contemplation Monday 3rdApril: The big question; would I consider hosting?

The answer:

As I said yesterday I have two Godchildren and if it came to it in the event of their parent’s death, I would provide them a home for as long as they needed it. Whilst other children are not so lucky and end up in care which they have to leave at 16 and some can not cope and ultimately end up homeless. I would like those cases to be prevented before young people become homeless. Support for vunerable people can turn their lives around. Helping with that would be a great achievement.

At the moment I’m enjoying my own space and I’m past the stage of house sharing. Selfishly because I love my house I would not want it damaged. 

Additionally I would worry about my safety if I invited a stranger in to my house; I know it would worry my Mum as well. This view has possibly been back up by the possibility a homeless man last week killed members of a family in Stourbridge who had been helping him. Just a possibility right now so he may prove to be innocent. 

In summary, it is not something I’m going to be doing right now.

Lent Contemplation: Sunday 2nd April

Young people are at a greater risk of homelessness when they leave care. Many are simply, not prepared at 16 to manage themselves.

Give 2p for every person you’ve helped prepare for adulthood.

Not sure I really have helped anyone but I have two Godchildren who I would like to thinking I’m inputting into. Therefore 4p collected.

Total amount collected: £7.04

End of Lent Contemplation: Sunday 16th April

At the end of Holy Week reflect back on what learnt. Count money collected.

In some ways homeless still seems such a complicated issue and there is so little can do to help, as it depends on so many factors larger than me such as economy and the decisions the government makes regarding funding for example, for mental health issues, addiction issues.

Over lent by following Lent prompts from the DePaul charity website I collected £7.60. This is not even enough for DePaul to provide one night’s accommodation as that costs £15. I will of course donate £15.

I guess at least I have increased awareness. I would like to hope I have raised awareness amongst others. I designed the following which I used as featured image on many posts and Facebook profile picture when the daily task was to reduce stigma of homelessness. I was trying to make a point about vunerable people who end up homeless because they do not have family around to support them. For example, children in care have to leave care at 16 and this can be too much to cope with and they end up homeless.

Lent Contemplation: Friday 14th April

Reaearch regarding homelessness