I received this letter from Alan; Dear Peter. I am writing to say thank you for the donation of £120 you helped to get for me. Just to say thank you to you, your followers, your members or flock, I'm not quite sure which. It was a great help towards my wife's funeral cost. I feel so humble that complete strangers could help in this way. So I say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am forever grateful. Alan
A New Home
12th May 2017
Jim is a man with a new lightness in his step. He first came to us for food 2 years ago; when he was relying on friends for a bed at night. He has suffered with Illness, which led to unemployment and depression. Recently however, he came to us tired but happy that he had been offered a flat after 2 years of sofa surfing and relying on friends. Now with a proper address he was able to access benefits again. However, the flat was completely empty and he had little money to spare after moving in. Friends helped with the smaller bits and pieces but the Acts 435 grant enabled him to choose the larger items he needed. With careful buying from a second hand shop the result is amazing. As he says he now has a HOME.
He is a man transformed and shares his story with everyone, showing them photographs and inviting them round for a cup of tea. He has learnt to laugh once more.
Sara, the local Advocate, went out to see him again recently, to take the picture below;
"I have been to see James today and he is still very grateful for the help he received from Acts 435. He proudly showed me round his flat and pointed out the items he had bought with the grant - amazing how far it went!! He was more than happy for his photo to be used on the website if it would encourage others to help those in need. I am going to give him a framed copy of the photo for his wall to go with the only two family ones he has which are so very precious to him.
We prayed for his dog,Skye,who sadly has cancer but still enjoyed a walk by the river this morning."
Hope and Love
10th May 2017
The applicant has been delighted with the success of her request. It has not only given her practical help, but it has given her hope. She has been encouraged so much. With this extra love and hope in her life she has reorganised the house more efficiently with bunk beds and clothes storage. The children were delighted with the beds. This single Mum of 8 children has attended some courses and is building her self-esteem again, along with making some time for herself, Thank you so much. A happy Mum helps to make a happy home.
84 year old man gets a new start in new home
5th May 2017
Ron's wife had passed away 5 years earlier and he has struggled without her in the private rented flat. He got offered a flat in good local sheltered accommodation and took this up. But with no one to help him, he had not given notice on his existing flat. This resulted in his Housing Benefit only covering one of the properties and rent arrears in addition to some old gas & electric arrears, which Christians Against Poverty helping to sort out for him. He also had no idea how to arrange the move so we put him in contact with a good local remover, but paying this left him with insufficient funds to carpet the new flat which only had underlay. Thanks to a cheap price from local Christian carpet supplier/fitter and the help from Acts 435 the flat was carpeted before he moved in and we managed to get a new single bed to replace the very old double bed that he didn't want to take with him. We have also got his TV and telephone working.
He is now settled in his new home and making friends with other residents - he told me that he is very happy in the new home and thanks to everyone who helped.
Shannon & Joshua's Debt Relief Order Fees
29th April 2017
Shannon & Joshua are a young couple who are working hard to raise their baby well. They are both in debt & working with Christians Against Poverty, who recommended that both of them go through a Debt Relief Order. The fee for each of them is £90 & they didn't know how they would raise the money.
On receiving the donations through Acts 435, Shannon wrote: "Receiving the donations towards our Debt Relief Orders has made us feel fantastic, as getting the money together ourselves felt impossible to finance with our young baby. We can't wait to become debt free, so we can finally get married and live our lives without fear & worry that one day we may have someone at the door to take all of our things away. So me & my partner would like to say a massive thank you to whoever donated, so we can finally live freely without fear."
Homeless woman gets her ID back
21st April 2017
After having all her paperwork stolen, Patricia has now obtained her replacement passport and is engaging with a legal adviser on her immigration status. She has also moved out of homelessness to work in a social enterprise project that also offers accommodation and feels very positive about her life for the first time after a long period of isolation and uncertainty.
20th April 2017
We cannot thank you enough for your kind donation! M was so pleased to have the money to be able to see her children once a week. She left with a definite skip in her step!
M has signed up with a recruitment agency that will give her access to training and job placements that result in a reference - all reasons to celebrate her positive steps.
15th April 2017
This young lady was in care, through no fault of her own, until last year when she became 16 when she was placed in supported accommodation. In February this year she turned 17 and was allocated a council flat, but had only a bed and a kettle to move in with!
Hull Homeless Community Project (HHCP) have supported her with donated goods but she was without a cooker and a washer - two items which are very important. She volunteers for HHCP as while she seeks work. It is very young to be asked to sort out all your affairs with no support from family and only basic benefits.
The prompt response from the wonderful donor gives her a start in life which she really deserves and is very grateful for. Thank you.
Life Changing Gift
13th April 2017
Karen, our Advocate in Cornwall writes; I was heartbroken to hear the story of a couple who describe themselves as 'white refugees.' W and G are UK citizens who have recently returned to the UK after living in South Africa. They had to leave because there was no employment and they simply couldn't survive. They are living with W's brother in Cornwall; it is a difficult situation because the brother is self employed and not getting much work. They are desperate for money just to live and their benefits claim could take 3 months to be assessed.
Feeling utterly despondent, D and W were led to Transformation CPR and Centenary Methodist Church. Joining me for Tea & Toast, they told me this had been a 'life saving and life changing experience.' They had been 'welcomed with open arms and shown true Christian love.'
The £100 they received through Acts 435 was used to purchase toiletries (supplemented by CPR Foodbank), for essential travel to appointments e.g. Jobcentre, and to pay for W's essential prescriptions. It was a lifeline to them.
4th April 2017
Debbie, the recipient, wrote;
Please can we thank you deeply for the provision of this money. We are a family of four with two young children and on low incomes. We have had our old bed for 8 years and it was given to us back then by family. After my recent operation I am very thankful to the Lord for his grace and provision with wonderful, generous donation for our new bed.
We will be thankful in our prayers tonight,
Deborah and Gavin
30th March 2017
This recipient writes; I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the most generous donation to help us purchase a new pushchair for our 11 month old baby girl. Without your help it would have meant much financial hardship for our family at a time that is particularly difficult for us.
We had no idea that your organisation even existed and we are grateful for your support at this time and hopefully in the near future we will be in a position to make our own donation to your most worthy cause.
Many thanks for your help and support.
27th March 2017
Thank you, I have used the funds from this and my previous request for the award of £90 to pay for a Debt Relief Order. The order was approved and accepted and I have the chance of a fresh start now, debt free for the first time in as long as I can remember.
Success of one man's life changed
6th March 2017
This is a remarkable story. We met J about 4 years ago and he was in a mess in so many ways. He lost access to his children when his ex-wife moved without informing him or the court. J had a breakdown and was under the hospital for depression. He was unemployed, in social housing, living on benefits and had little hope. He became a Christian and his life began to change. His depression lifted and after a few months he was discharged from the hospital and now needs no further treatment or medication. He got back to working but is looking at going to college to re-train. In November last year he married a woman in the church and they are making progress in regaining access to his children. The unconditional love shown to him by Christians in the church and through Acts 435 played a significant part in his transformation.
Complete change of circumstances
21st February 2017
When we filed Frank's application we also prayed for him as he has been fighting cancer for the last 4 years and was also waiting to hear back from his appeal to the Home Office on his application to stay in the UK. When I contacted him to give him this money he told me that following our meeting his application had been approved, he had been rehoused to more affordable housing and could now pay off his energy bills so that he was no longer in debt.
Homeless no more
14th February 2017
Mark originally approached us for help a year ago when he had lost work due to health problems and as a result ended up homeless. Determined to not get caught up in the local homeless "scene" with its disposition of drink and drugs, he sought our help to get camping equipment that would enable him to wild camp on the outskirts of town. Acts 435 supported him with £120 for a tent, sleeping bag, etc, which enabled him to survive for the last year whilst he worked with local agencies to find a home.
He has now obtained a home (rented flat) with help from the local authority and others and we have again helped through Acts 435 to get this furnished.
He is now looking for employment again and says that the support from Acts 435 has been essential in turning life round for him.
Mark says , "This help is fantastic - everything seems to be heading in the right direction now with my new home - thank you so much."
You can also read more about Mark's story on our blog!
26th January 2017
Thank you so much for your kind donation. This has meant a great deal to John who has been able to carpet his flat having moved out of supported accommodation. John is continuing to live independently and asked for his gratitude to be passed on! It is very difficult to find funding for carpeting and Acts 435 has allowed clients like John to be able to make their accommodation into a home.
24th January 2017
Acts 435 donors have given money towards this man's daily travel costs from Redruth to Truro Treliske hospital for radiotherapy.
His condition was misdiagnosed for years and his health declined, he could no longer work, lost his home and slept for months on end in his car.
Finally he was diagnosed with lung cancer and is now receiving the treatment he desperately needs.
Life-line for Widow
23rd January 2017
This widowed lady with a 10 year old son had to leave her partially furnished flat as landlord needed it for family. She works in the holiday trade cleaning but the work in Cornwall is seasonal. At the moment she gets 12 to 16 hours work a week. She successfully bid for a housing association flat but it had nothing in it. She was given 2 mattresses and had 2 easy chairs and a table from her other flat. She was referred to us and I went to see her and decided to put requests online for her. They were fulfilled so quickly. Thank you. We helped her get good second hand equipment in advance of the payment and were able to pay for it and deliver it yesterday. There is some left over to get some lino to cover the bare floor boards in some rooms. She was in tears yesterday. She cannot believe strangers would help her. She wishes she could thank you all personally. We left her uplifted!
Homeless and penniless
16th January 2017
Thank you very very much for enabling Transformation CPR to provide the support this vulnerable couple so desperately needed. To be suddenly homeless and penniless is a terrible thing but to not be able to speak the language makes it a scary place to be.
The couple are safely accommodated and incredibly grateful for your help.
The difference carpets can make!
5th January 2017
This young Mum of four has been struggling with mental health problems and her children have been living with their Dad. Mum, J, has been compliant with the relevant services and has made much progress both in her health and in creating a home in her little flat. There were no carpets and she was not allowed to have her children visit in the flat until the carpet problem was resolved. An Acts 435 grant enabled her to buy 2 carpets and a friend fitted them for free 3 days before Christmas. What a special time this was for the family! The children came for their Christmas dinner and they all had a wonderful time together. This has given them all so much hope for the future now we are at the start of a New Year. Thank you for really making a difference!