“If the Ark wasn’t here I can’t picture what I would have done, I’d have been totally alone.”

About 3 years ago, I found myself homeless through circumstances of my own doing and someone told me about the Ark.  It offers shelter and if you’re homeless you can come and get clean, fed, new clothes a sleeping bag.  People who’re vulnerable and socially excluded can come and be here and sit with people who care. 

Basically I ended up in custody and when I came out a charity helped me to find shared accommodation and I’m now looking for employment.  But I still pop in here to see people, today I’ve brought a bag of stuff I don’t need in for a mate who’s still on the streets.  I want to help him out because I know what it’s like being homeless.

I think what they do here is really good, they continuously help people, there’s nothing else like it in Shrewsbury. It gives you a chance to work out a plan for how you’re going to get through the next 24 hours and to talk to the staff who help get us through.  If the Ark wasn’t here I can’t picture what I would have done, I’d have been totally alone. 

This place should get acknowledged and more funding as this place wouldn’t function without stuff like that.  It’s good to know there’s something out there for people who get the short end of the stick.