Emergency Winter Night Shelter
For the past eleven years we have opened the winter shelter in Luton to provide a warm, dry, safe place to sleep when the temperature falls to zero or below at night. We employ one member of staff who is supported by dedicated volunteers from around Luton.
The project provides a lifeline for rough sleepers in the town and a chance for us to encourage them to come to the Centre so that we can start to help them move away from the streets.
Last Year’s Emergency Winter Shelter Report
In previous years the shelter has been delivered from a local church hall. However during winter 20-21, we received extra government funding to open a safe 11 bedroom accommodation units from where we were able to provide private, individual COVID safe bedrooms.
Typically, 5 – 10 people who are homeless will stay on any one night. Last year, in total, we helped 67 rough sleepers. It is one of our best opportunities to start to break the cycle of homelessness for those who have experienced this repeatedly and offer basic help like health care and hot nutritious food.
Many people using this service have experienced harrowing complex trauma at different stages of their lives. These experiences have made recovering from homelessness much harder than you may expect and can be a cause of debilitating addiction problems. NOAH never give up on anybody and every former beneficiary who comes back to us in a better place years later to thank us lifts our heart and souls.
Would you like to make a difference this winter? Find out how to get involved.