ABOUT NEW HOPE
New Hope exists to serve homeless and vulnerably-housed people by providing accommodation and opportunities to rebuild damaged lives. Founded upon Christian values, which are at the core of our operation, we support people regardless of faith. We accommodate up to 66 people every night and help over 600 people every year.
New Hope was launched in 1990 by two local ladies who described themselves as “ordinary housewives”. These ladies took literally the following passage from the Bible and this enabled them to achieve extraordinary things:
This is the kind of fast day I'm after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts. What I'm interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families. Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The God of glory will secure your passage. Then when you pray, God will answer. You'll call out for help and I'll say, 'Here I am.'
Isaiah 58:6 (The Message)
These words remain foundational to our work in Watford.
Our services can be explained using the three categories below:
Assessment Beds (6 beds)
Community Market Garden
Emergency Accommodation (14 beds) Community Home (6 beds)
A 24/7 emergency advice line Rough Sleeping Prevention Service
New Hope House (10 beds)
Cluster Flats (11 beds)
Tenancy Sustainment Team
The Manse (4 beds)
Alpha Court (6 beds)
HopeHomes (9 beds)
Head Office (Including retail,
fundraising; publicity, IT, HR
New Hope’s services operate from ten locations around Watford, details of which can be found on our website.
Each year it costs over £2m to run New Hope’s various services. Our work is mainly funded from statutory sources. We also receive funding from our retail activities, charitable trusts, individuals, churches and other community groups.
WHO WE HELP
New Hope provides accommodation, support and development opportunities to people from all walks of life. Our service users are united by one factor – homelessness. A great number of personal and social factors can contribute towards people becoming homeless. These include relationship breakdown, drug and alcohol misuse, debts, poor physical and mental health and unemployment. However, for many people there’s no single event that results in homelessness but instead, it is a result of a number of problems that have accumulated over time. Here is a brief story from someone that we’ve helped:
In 2016, Tom was living with his mother, a step brother and a lodger but, after an argument about some stolen money, Tom left home, angry at the way he felt he was being treated.
After initially sleeping rough and sofa surfing, he found himself sleeping in a flat, exposed to an environment with people smoking crack cocaine. Resorting to street sleeping, he found being on the streets made it difficult to avoid more exposure to drugs, distributing them on one occasion, but also felt unable to return home. He stopped attending his college course.
Tom managed to spend a few nights in an abandoned building and on one occasion he was violently kicked and punched.
There had been attempts from his family to keep in touch but on first returning he found himself emotionally unable to remain. He spent time in New Hope’s Assessment Beds but, still dealing with anger issues, Tom found socialising difficult and states that Asperger’s Syndrome had been investigated in the past.
A year after leaving home, Tom returned and, several months later, he developed a more stable relationship with his mother. He has found more stability in his life, with a steady girlfriend who is a good influence on him. He has not been able to complete his college course but has recently started a new full-time job in IT.
Tom took the trouble to revisit New Hope recently and said, “This was the place that helped me get back on my feet and sort my head out when I needed it”.