|18 June 2020 – DAY 78|
|TOTAL SERVED TO DATE||25,101|
Last night we reached quite a milestone with 25,000+ homeless friends served. That is honestly an astounding achievement, especially when you consider we are not a soup kitchen handing over meals conveyor belt style. If you ever wondered what 25,000 look like then see the picture below:
Franc V is working on a documentary based on all the footage he has shot. The focus is on the journey this initiative has been for all of us and the difference we have made on London’s streets. We like to get suggestions for the title of this documentary from you – please send by the end of the weekend if you have ideas. Then we will do a vote and let the family decide the final title.
What we do each day is tough in terms of dedication and energy. But the toughest part is probably the level of powerlessness we feel in all those moments where we wish we could do more. An empty stomach can be filled easily but years of trauma lodged in the cells doesn’t have a quick fix especially if accompanied by substance abuse or mental illness. That is the reality we face each day out there.
We might be powerless in many situations on the street, but we are less so when it comes to supporting people before they lose it all. If we want to end homelessness the best place to start is by looking after our family, friends, colleagues and neighbours (in the widest sense). Hopefully your experience sky walking might have made you realise the best way to change society is simply by stepping forward, reaching out and interacting with other human beings.
On that note let’s finish off with a ray of light from the Waterloo team last night. Penny P’s words:
It was nice to see Lee again after a few weeks. We met him at his lowest after he’d just lost his mum to cancer and just wanted company. He was pleased to tell us tonight he had got himself a little job and somewhere to sleep. He offered us his last £10 because we’d helped him now he wanted to help but of course we refused.