We asked a few of the people who use our drop-in to tell us a little bit about what the London Jesus Centre means to them. This is what they said:
“Hello. My name is Steve*. In August last year, I became homeless through a broken down 14-year relationship. I came to London, a great city, where you meet all kinds of different people; some good and just a few, let’s say, not so good. Finding a sandwich wasn’t too hard at first, but after a couple of weeks of being homeless, I really needed a shower.
So I arrived at the Jesus Centre at Margaret Street. I come here for a shower, a hot drink, and toasties. It’s a gem of a place for a friendly chat and to meet people. Try it – you will see and meet the friendliest of staff who are there for you (some of them voluntarily). You can even get some clothing when you need it. Personally, I would be stuck without it.”
“Hi. My name is Luke. I used to be in the British army. I was married with children, but in 2008, I lost my wife, then my mum died, then, a few months later, my brother also died. I lost three people that were important to me in a short time. I was then evicted from my home and found myself homeless. Over the years, the Jesus Centre has fed me and clothed me.
The people at the Jesus Centre are sincere and show real compassion. I’d like to thank the Jesus Centre for hospitality and what they’ve done for me. At the Jesus Centre, you get good food, good clothing, a team that helps to support you. I can come to the Centre, talk to Jon Jon and the staff, have a cup of tea, eat something. Meeting these people is like going to church. It keeps me clean.”