I found this article by Adi Bloom, and as a bit of a follow-up to my blog of 13/05/2011 (see below) I thought I’d post a link for you
The title is ‘Nowhere to Call Home’
“Thousands of young people have to live in makeshift or temporary accommodation while dealing with the pressures of school and exams. Many ‘sofa surf’ with friends, unwilling to admit – even to themselves – that they are homeless. Too often, teachers miss the warning signs.”
At BCFB we’re getting more and more requests for our help every day from staff at schools in our region, teachers/admin/support, they’re having to deal with dreadful situations. We help where we can, and always we need to remember that these are children and most of them do not have the emotional experience or skills to deal with the circumstances they find themselves and their families facing.
How about a two day old baby and parents having to ‘sofa-surf’?
Thank goodness for the health professionals seeing this dreadful situation and doing something about it.
Do I get vocal about such things? Darn right I do!
Happy Birthday Black Country Foodbank?
As we at BCFB recognise our 5th Birthday this week, we are so mindful that we appear to have only ‘scratched the surface’ of the need in our communities.
So, this week any celebrations have be more subdued than you’d think and tempered with the knowelegde that we can only give away what you donate to us and for that trust, we thank you!
- You have journeyed with us from a dining-room table to 5000ft² of storage plus the 8 distribution centres,
- from being told there couldn’t possibly be a need for a foodbank to the statuatory sector asking us to show them how to do this,
- from a few boxes in the back of my car to two vans on the road 5/6 days a week
Some of the other highlights, as we reflect, are:
- Across the region we have given away “in Jesus’ name” and that of the wider community and incredible 119,120 meals
- We’ve shifted somewhere in the realms of 124 tonnes of food
- 2.5 tonnes of toiletries have been distributed
- Countless items of clothing, bedding and sleeping bags have been given away
- We’ve been able to touch the lives of over 120,000 people
- We’ve also helped other projects around the region and beyond; who can forget the flooding in Cockermouth? We went up on the Sunday morning with about 2tonnes of food, toiletries, cleaning materials and gifts, surreal
- In the last week we’ve taken delivery of an additional vehicle, bought with specific donations from local Christian businessmen
- Just at head office, our volunteers contribute the equivalent of about 300 hours per week which even at min. wage comes out at about £125k worth of giving
- The need for what we do is growing every day; the stories become more harrowing BUT we keep going cos this is what Jesus asked us to do.
Are we finished, is the job done yet? Not by any stretch of the imagination.
We’ve only just scratched the surface of the need around us.
Church, you are amazing. Look at what you have achieved!
People of the Black Country & beyond, you are incredible. Look what you’ve accomplished!
We’ll keep you updated,
Loads of Love, Wendy & ALL the team at Black Country Foodbank.
HOWEVER, there is still so much more to do…..