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COLD COMFORT: Dacorum charity urges community to support ‘invisible’ homeless people this Christmas

 Published on: 5th December 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

As temperatures begin to plummet across Dacorum, local charity DENS has launched an appeal to help local people facing homelessness this festive season.

Many of those who find themselves homeless this Christmas can trace their struggles back to childhood trauma. This trauma often sets off a chain reaction, leading to chaotic lifestyles, addiction, strained relationships and breakdowns in family dynamics.

Jodie’s story is a prime example. From the age of 10, she was abused by a close family member. It had a devastating and lasting impact on her mental health, and continued to affect her through her teenage and young adult years. Lacking the support she needed, she struggled to keep her job, pay her rent and keep a roof over her head.

DENS is asking residents of Dacorum to give an extra gift this Christmas, so that people like Jodie can have a warm bed, a hot meal and a chance to feel safe.

Wendy Lewington, DENS CEO, said: “Jodie is just one of the often invisible homeless people in our community that DENS is dedicated to supporting – providing not only immediate relief, such as shelter and warm meals, but also the long-term support and guidance needed to help rebuild their lives.

“However, our ability to make a difference to Jodie’s life relies on the generosity and support of our community.”

Donate now at the DENS appeal page to help rebuild the lives of local people this Christmas.

If you are concerned about a rough sleeper in Dacorum, please call DENS on 01442 800131. Alternatively, call Dacorum Borough Council on 01442 228000, or visit the Streetlink website.

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