"Porchlight saved my life" - Alan's story

6 November 2017

Alan's story

Christmas is a happy time for most of us, but right now hundreds of people in Kent are struggling to survive winter on the streets.  Will you donate and help us support even more people like Alan?

Alan's story

Former university lecturer Alan became homeless following redundancy and a relationship breakdown.

Alan was also struggling with his mental health – something he has been doing all of his life.

He slept on park benches and under bridges, and at one point contracted pneumonia. But it was the feelings of isolation he remembers the most.

“Just because someone’s homeless it doesn’t mean they’re not still a human being. Trying to maintain some sense of dignity when you’re living on the streets is tough. You’re relying on public toilets just to keep yourself clean."

He also lived in fear of being attacked – something which often happens to vulnerable rough sleepers.

“Sleeping rough is one of the most frightening experiences you can imagine. You’re always afraid of being beaten, often by people who look as though they are well-to-do. One time, I ended up with broken ribs.”

We found Alan a room at one of our hostels. With us, he has been able to begin rebuilding his life, reconnecting with his children and developing coping strategies for his mental health.

"When Porchlight helped me in off the streets they saved my life. I was at a really low ebb when I arrived.”

We’re delighted to say that he is now feeling ready to move into a place of his own. We’ll be there to support him when this happens.

Porchlight is only able to be there for people like Alan thanks to our supporters. With homelessness rising rapidly in Kent, the demand for our services has never been greater. 

Please donate now and help us be there for everyone who needs us.

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