This Christmas, please help us make sure there’s always Room
URGENT ADVENT APPEAL
could provide a very special Christmas gift to a woman at The Sanctuary who has not known how it fees to be loved and cherished in a long time.
could help cover the cost of a woman seeking refuge at The Sanctuary in the wake of Domestic Violence.
could provide support for a vulnerable woman seeking legal advice, education or employment training with one of our specialist advice workers.
We need more places like this where vulnerable women can come and feel safe and have a place to rebuild and re-skill and get themselves back together. Protecting and empowering women simply means a better world. I am so proud to be a patron and I am inspired by each and every woman I meet when I am there.
On 11th November, The Sanctuary at the Marylebone Project officially opened its doors to become the first Drop-In Centre for Homeless women of its kind in the UK to be open 24/7, 365 days a year.
This means that any vulnerable woman who needs medical care, legal advice, help with jobs skills or an emergency bed will now find the doors of The Sanctuary are always open – especially at dead of night when women often feel most alone and are at greatest risk.
THE UK’s First Drop-In Centre for Homeless Women of its kind open 24/7, 365.
Born in Somalia, Fatima arrived in the UK and found refuge sofa surfing at a friend’s house. But after six months, she was forced to leave. Unemployed and suffering with depression, Fatima had nowhere to go and ended up on the streets.
“I slept outside a 24-hour McDonald’s, where I felt safer”, says Fatima. “Everything about being homeless is horrible. You have no privacy. You are surrounded by danger… I felt so alone.”
Eventually, Fatima moved into a hostel where she first heard about The Marylebone Project run by Church Army. She recalls, “As soon as I stepped through the doors, I felt that things were different. They welcomed me with open arms”.
You wouldn’t recognise Fatima now from the broken, terrified young woman who felt she had no voice or value in life. With the help of the project, Fatima has learned how to use a computer and she’s now busy studying for GCSEs in English and Maths. She’s gaining independence while working as a Care Assistant. As she says, “There’s no stopping me now!”.
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On behalf of all of us at Church Army, I wish you a very Happy Christmas and thank you so much for your prayerful and generous support at this time for The Sanctuary at the Marylebone Project and other vital Church Army projects across our country.
I’ll leave the last word to Fatima: “God certainly works in mysterious ways – I’m a Muslim and I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the Christian people who have looked past my race and religion and helped me so much.”
In the Christmas story, you’ll recall when it came time for Mary to give birth to Jesus, ‘She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them’ (Luke 2: 7 NIV).
You can rest assured that no vulnerable woman who turns up at The Sanctuary at the Marylebone Project will ever be turned away and told “there’s no room for you”.