Thank you from Restore

Jeremy Thompson leaning on a gate and smiling at the camera

Jeremy Thompson

We have received the following thank you letter from Jeremy Thompson at Restore

Thank you very much for the very generous cheques totalling £1,125 from the Christmas Collections at St John’s Church, Harborne, which you have sent to us.

Once again we are bowled over by the wonderful support we receive from the congregations at St John’s for our work with refugees and asylum seekers. 

Each year around 30% of our income comes from donations from churches and individuals and we are encouraged to be resourced by the church community in this way.

These gifts enable us to fund our group social activities which provide valuable opportunities for isolated people to meet others and develop new friendships.

Just this week I was able to take a group of lone men to a concert at the Conservatoire then for coffee afterwards.  Although the concert was free, we provided daysaver bus tickets to enable people to travel as a day saver bus ticket costs more than 10% of an asylum seeker’s weekly income.

Most of those who attended have been in Birmingham for less than 12 months and are struggling to make contact with other people.  It is great to see lonely people engaging with others.

We are also working with people at turning points in their lives.  When recognised as a refugee an individual goes through a period of transition including the need to find accommodation. Yet they are often left to fend for themselves and wade through unfamiliar systems and bureaucracy.  

Last week I helped a young Iranian man, who had been persecuted in Iran for converting to Christianity, to find social housing.  For him, this was another step on the road towards integrating into a new community.

What is the impact of our work?  One refugee commented:Restore has enabled me to confidently integrate myself into the community.  I found Restore like a shelter for people like me, who are lost in this world.”

Restore logo with Africa centre

 

 Thank you again for your partnership with Restore as we seek to welcome, include and integrate refugees and asylum seekers into life in our city.

 

 

Jeremy is one of our Living Stones Mission Partners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy

22nd Jan 2015 Posted in: News, St John's Stories by Stella Jennings 0

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