A safe space for those struggling with addiction has been opened in St Albans by a team of volunteers who have dedicated themselves to helping the homeless.
Hope House which provides supported living in a four-bedroom house for those who are struggling with addiction, was set up by St Albans Action for Homeless.
Opened on September 1, the team of volunteers carry out regular random drug testing to ensure the residents stay on the right path.
Sharon spoke to STALBANSnews about the opening of the home and how it feels to have their dream of launching Hope House come true.
She said: “Through working with the homeless, a reoccurring problem that we noticed is that you can’t get clean.
“It was always our ambition to have a house, a clean house, with no drugs or alcohol.
“We want it to be a home, not an institution, very homely, with no TV in their rooms so they have to come and sit together and so far they have.”
Sharon added that over the coming months they are hoping to continue fundraising for the home through events such as a teddy bear sale.
She said: “We are not taking a wage and have had to pay a year’s rent in advance, we are heading towards charity status and once that’s achieved we will be much better off.”
Sharon continued that Hope House will not take away from their action helping the homeless on the streets of St Albans.
She said: “We are loving it but we haven’t left the street homeless, we still carry on doing the work with them.
“There will still be the food kitchen and clothes run. We are carrying on the grassroots action.”
To find out more about Hope House search ‘Hope House – Supported Living’ on Facebook.