Homeless weekly drop-in to continue over Christmas

THE Salvation Army will be continuing its homeless drop-in evening over the festive season.

On Thursday December 29 from 6pm the centre on Booth Way will be open as usual for people to get advice, a food parcel and company in between Christmas and New Year.

The Hope-In service provides Horsham’s most vulnerable families and individuals with eight sessions of help.

Each time they go they will get a food parcel to last them a week and are also able to have a shower at the centre by prior arrangement.

Captain Sue Woodgate said they are seeing more people than ever come through their doors this winter. They are from all walks of life.

She said: “People come in crisis. Some have had their benefits stopped or their situation has changed and they are left without benefits for a number of weeks.

“People have a misunderstanding that those who are unemployed don’t want to work, but very few people are there because they want to be.

“We do see a lot of young men here, but now we are seeing a lot of young women with families and people in their late fifties whose marriages have broken up.”

People do not need to register for Hope-In. They can just come along on Thursday.

Call the centre on 01403 254624 for more information.