Friday, 16 January 2015

Two projects in the News

MP hails Salvation Army for its homelessness work

Danny Alexander MP has praised the Salvation Army in Inverness for its work in helping break the cycle of homelessness.

Speaking in the Inverness Courier, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and local MP, said the work of the Inverness Resettlement Project was making a real difference to the lives of many vulnerable people.

Mr Alexander met members of the church and charity, along with management and service users at the project  – which focuses on getting people into their own homes and supporting them.

He said “The Salvation Army is well known in Inverness for the invaluable housing support service it provides to individuals and families who are affected by homelessness, and UK wide for its creative, practical and compassionate assistance to those who need it most. To see that support first hand has been an inspiring experience.”

Meanwhile, the Inverness Resettlement Project has been making even more headlines in recent days, with its work profiled in a special feature in the Highland News.

The project supports 70 people a year who are experiencing homelessness, with specific help given to people suffering from long-term addictions such as drugs and alcohol.

Tom talks about the challenges of corps life

Corps assistant Tom Mitchell at Easterhouse in Glasgow has featured in The Herald Magazine.

Tom was the subject of the newspaper's latest 'What it feels like...' column, speaking about what it feels like to run a foodbank over Christmas.

He said: "We decided to set up the foodbank after my wife and I received a call from a local school where children were turning up hungry. It made us stop and think.

"It's great to see people progressing. One man who came to us had lost his money through gambling. We put him in touch with Gamblers Anonymous and now he has food in his fridge and money in the bank. He's got this spark and volunteers now."

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