Hull HARP closed its doors on the Night Shelter after providing shelter for five months over the winter period. This would not have been possible to provide such an extended period without the help and support of so many individuals, groups, schools, churches and companies whose donations helped keep it open. It should be a time of celebration that we managed to see so many peole through the winter period
Dock House was full every night and over full at times during this period. Each night we had up to 15 people staying in the shelter. We manged to secure alternative accommodation for so many who moved into a hostel, their own place or retuned to family and friends.
When Dock House closed its doors everyone bar one moved into alternative accommodation. The one remaining individual decided to return to the street rather than move into their own flat.
We learnt such a lot over the period we were open, the sad circumstances people found themselves in, however Dock House managed to provide a warm, secure place where peole could get back on their feet.
Volunteers were fantastic they cooked, cleaned, lent a listening ear, did cookery lessons and lots of activities. A huge thank you to them.
In terms of the future of Dock House there is nothing to suggest we will not open again this winter. Hull HARP is committed to the needs of homeless people.
Dock House is currently offering a Breakfast club five mornings a week for rough sleepers. Individuals can get a breakfast, a hot drink, shower and fresh clothes. There is of course the usual Sunday Soup Kitchen.
It should also not be forgotten that other than Dock House we do provide supported accommodation in our other properties across the city. We currently have accommodation for sixty one people
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