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Zurich staff fill welcome home bounty boxes
5:30pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
STAFF from insurance giant Zurich have stepped in to help give homeless people housewarming presents when they set up on their own.
The switchboard team in Tricentre Three in Swindon took up the challenge from Threshold Housing Link to equip and supply five bounty boxes, which are given as welcome home gifts to homeless people who are moving out from the charity’s hostels to a home of their own on the successful conclusion of their resettlement programme.
Through cake bakes, bingo, raffles and other fundraising initiatives the small team, led by their manager Debbie Smith, raised £600, which was used to purchase irons, kettles, quilts, pots and pans, crockery and other essential household equipment which make up the bounty boxes.
Debbie said: “This year we chose to help Threshold as we saw the great work they are doing with some of the most marginalised people in our town and thought that these welcome home boxes were a great way of celebrating someone’s efforts to get their lives back on track.”
Last year, Threshold provided emergency accommodation to 235 people at its Culvery Court hostel while 73 people were accommodated at the longer stay, more intensive resettlement hostels where they are supported and advised by Threshold Resettlement Team members.
The completion of the resettlement programme often results in a nomination to a Housing Association or the local authority for a home of their own and then Threshold’s resettlement team supports them in the community to ensure the transition is successful and that the person’s new found independence is maintained.
Threshold’s chief executive Cher Sawyer-Smith said: “Our programme of resettlement is a pathway towards independence. Many people come to us following family breakdown or other issues created or associated with being homeless.
“We help them recognise their problems and then start to try to address them while assisting them to learn the skills necessary for being able to sustain independence in a home of their own.”
To support Threshold Housing Link people can make a text donation. Text to 70070 - THRS01 followed by the amount you wish to donate - such as ‘THRS01 £5’ to 70070. Or go online to donate at the website virginmoneygiving.com/charities/thl.
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