Rob was homeless... then one meeting changed everything
23 March 2017
Rob was trying to survive on the streets when he struck up a friendship that would change his life.
Like several people we support, the 61-year-old became homeless as the result of a relationship breakdown. Former Royal Engineer Rob spent several months sleeping in a tent, an experience that worsened his arthritis and made him distrustful of people.
“You feel totally alone and invisible to the public who just don’t look at you. It means you have nothing to cling onto and life becomes very hard,” he explains.
Eventually, hope came in the form of Porchlight worker Ismalia. “He would check in on me and we started building up a good relationship. He really helped me out of a difficult situation.”
Ismalia told Rob about Porchlight and helped him get a room in one of our hostels. “Being able to shower every day and knowing there are Porchlight workers nearby who are looking out for you makes a big difference,” Rob says.
Rob recently moved out of our hostel and into a Porchlight flat – a step closer to living independently. He also volunteers for the Salvation Army and is studying towards a qualification.
He credits Ismalia and Porchlight with giving him a second chance: “If it wasn’t for Porchlight there would be so many more people sleeping rough. They’re doing everything they can to make a difference.”
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