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A warm welcome overnight for homeless people in the coldest months

Thank yous

There are so many people and organisations who have supported the Shelter in so many ways, we'd like to give as many of them a mention here as we can.

Our churche and venues, St Luke's Church of England, Maidstone Baptist Church, Quaker Meeting House,  The United Reformed Church, The Salvation Army, The Methodist Church (Tonbridge Road), the Maidstone Family Church and the Maidstone Day Centre.. Each gave their church building for one night in the week and deserve our deepest thanks.

Also thanks must go to the Vines Church, St Faith's Church of England, St Nicholas' Church (Allington) and Maidstone Family Church for donations of clothing and special collections. St Michael's Church of England for donating fruit, and many other churches that supported in different ways.

Our trustees

Revd. Bill Miller (Chair), Michelle Peirce, Wendy Tull, Rupert Cook, Martin Hinchliffe, and John Young our Treasurer. This is where the buck stops. They have been exemplary in support of staff, overseeing all activity in the Shelter with good grace, determination, integrity and vision to continue to develop the Shelter year on year.

Our staff (2015/16)

Jayne Hendy, Tracy Maybank, Annie THurgarland and Kerry Faulkner (Operations) and Ophelia Orr (Administrator) for working so hard to ensure the project not only happened but was well co-ordinated and achieved so much for so many of our guests.

Our partners

Sue Jones, Kent County Council Public Health, for coming to the Shelter each week to inform guests on various aspects of health. John Littlemore, Pauline Meaney, Will Myers, Laura Mason and the Gateway staff from Maidstone Borough Council , colleagues from  Porchlight, Maidstone Day Centre, Probation, Housing, the Crime Reduction Initiative (CRI), Kent and Medway Partnership Trust (KMPT) Community Health Team. Thank you for your willingness to engage with the project and ensure guests are supported on their paths to re-engagement in the community.

Our guests

To the people who have touched the lives of so many of us, showing such great determination and perseverence in attempting to move their lives on with our support, in the face of desolation and despair. Thank you for allowing us to support your transition to becoming an active community member.

People who supported the Shelter in other, wonderful ways

Alex Griffith for designing our report with such skill. www.alexgriffith.co.uk

Tom Phillips for taking such great photos. www.tomphillipsphotos.co.uk

Maidstone Rucksack Project for fifteen rucksacks packed with toiletries, cereal bars, gloves, hats, scarves etc.

Jeremy Davis for facilitating our post-review session with insight and skill,and Katie McDaniel for her thorough documentation of the event - www.bythehour.org

Gwyn McPherson for not only giving foot and hand massages to our guests each week, also for providing food and clothing.

Sonia Butler for all the extra effot at Christmas, making and filling stockings for guests.

Marriott Tudor Hotel for making delicious meals each Thursday.

Nic Pendregaust for helping to design and deliver the volunteer training.

Claire Haffenden for encouraging us when funding was so hard to secure, writing successful funding applications and training our volunteer funding team.

The volunteer funding team that met last year to pull out all the stops to secure the money we needed! Michelle Peirce, Steve Samson, Martin and Jan Hinchliffe, Diana Gordon, Ron Hall, Nicky Marchbank, Sue Willmott and Gill Watkins.

Scotts Project Trust who provided items of clothing and toiletries, also donations.

Voluntary Action Maidstone's Brighter Futures and Falls Prevention Service for donations of clothing.

Parminder Latto for assistance with finance.

Isabelle Marsh, who after receiving training, assisted with DBS checks for volunteers.

Diana Gordon for supporting the trustees, and for exceptional and sacrificial commitment to ensuring we were ready to open.