New Hope

New Hope (previously known as Watford New Hope Trust) was founded in 1990 by two self-styled Ôordinary house-wivesÕ, Janet Hosier and Sheila Meaning (pictured above), who saw the many people sleeping rough around St MaryÕs Church in the centre of Watford and felt moved to act. Entertaining Angels Ð their inspiring story Ð is available to buy here or from any of our shops.The official launch of New Hope was on 23rd March 1990 at Ôthe coachesÕ Ð two old coaches which had been converted into soup kitchens. You can see some footage from the day - simply watch the video.Situated on the site of an old banana factory on Whippendell Road (now the home of the Haven Support Centre), the coaches had a counter, a hob and some benches. Teams of volunteers served soup, hot drinks and sandwiches to those in need. Then, as now, there was a strong emphasis on offering friendship and a listening ear alongside practical support.Our provision begins with our intervention services which build relationships and offer support to people who are street homeless, including outreach plus and drop-in services; our recovery services currently include COVID-secure rehab and recovery accommodation for up to 46 people, and our two prevention services are a tenancy sustainment team and a fledgling hope housing scheme for those recovering from homelessness, consisting of two houses with rooms available to rent at rates affordable to those we serve.Although we have grown, our heart has not changed. We are still very much a local charity dependent on the community for volunteers and financial support.
Homelessness support
Additional needs catered for:
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