We couldn’t have picked a better week to have opened Basis in Sunderland, we’ve seen some pretty horrendous weather. Upon opening the door for the first time at 9am on Monday we found a gentleman on the doorstep surrounded by the first flurries of snow. He’s become a regular bringing us the Metro newspapers each morning. He’s been sleeping rough for a while and we’ve been able to support him to access emergency accommodation, which is hopefully going to lead to a longer term placement.
We’ve also been able to source emergency accommodation for someone who was unable to stay in any of the hostels because he didn’t want to parted from his 2 dogs.
We’ve had a busy first week, including a number of uses of our shower and laundry facilities, and we’ve been able to start to address the long-term needs of many people who’ve come through our doors.
We’ve had a great response to our new project from our neighbours too. They’ve been very welcoming & supportive of what we’re doing. We’ve had some generous donations: 3 full bags of toiletries from Sunderland College; sleeping bags & clothes plus new hats, gloves & socks from ESPA and clothes & footwear from Susan Thursby at Natural Contours over the road from Basis. We’ve also had a £10 donation for new mugs from Paul James from Hope City Church.
We’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve had opening this new centre, and we’re very thankful to everyone who’s encouraged us along the way. If you’d like to support our work at Basis@Sunderland the best way to help us is to give a monetary donation. Whatever amount you’re able to give will help us to keep serving and supporting the most vulnerable in our communities. Thank you.