Season's greetings

“Invesco Perpetual supports Shelter From The Storm because we value people who value people”

Enjoy this rare opportunity for a bit of calm in our busy lives. We all need a little space to relax and reflect, but imagine trying to get your life together when you're living on the streets.

Invesco Perpetual is proud to support Shelter From The Storm, a small, independent, entrepreneurial charity offering homeless people a safe, warm space to find their feet in a chaotic world.

http://www.sfts.org.uk

Anthony

Anthony doesn't like to remember how he came to be homeless, the memories are too painful. Besides, it is all behind him now, in his past. For the last year he has been working as an administrator for a film production company. That's thanks to the Shelter.

Now he goes back there each Monday to work as a volunteer, using his own experience to help people stuck in similar situations. "The people at the Shelter taught me never to give up on myself," he says. "It took the pressure off me, gave me the space and time to get myself together." He says that's a rare luxury. Most shelters in London make people move on after a fixed amount of time. "The Shelter gave me the opportunity to help myself. If it wasn't for that place, I could be dead now.".

http://www.sfts.org.uk

John

John was 16 when both his parents died in a car crash. He had no immediate family to care for him, and was left on his own. "After that, I never let myself get close to anyone," he says. "I didn't want to risk losing them again." John travelled from job-to-job and town-to-town, never settling down. He struggled with severe depression.

In 2012 he came to London on the promise of a job with G4S at the Olympics. It fell through. His savings were exhausted, and with nowhere else to go John was forced onto the streets. The best thing about the Shelter, John says, is that it "has taught me how to be around other people again. Now I want to settle down and start a family of my own."

http://www.sfts.org.uk

Darren

Darren spent ten years in the British Army. He was wounded while on duty in Afghanistan when an IED blew up the truck he was travelling in. Darren spent a year recovering in hospital, but has always struggled badly with post-traumatic stress disorder. After a spell living rough, he got himself together again, found a partner and took a job as cook.

One day he was called home from work by the police. His girlfriend had taken a heroin overdose. She had never used the drug before. She died three months later. Distraught, Darren turned to drink and drugs. He served three years in prison after an assault.

Thanks to support from the Shelter, Darren has been clean for two months. "When I'm tempted to drink now," he says, "I think of this place, and what I owe them, and then I count to 100."

http://www.sfts.org.uk

Angel

Angel moved to England to escape the prejudice he faced at home in Bulgaria. His family could never understand why he wasn't married yet, why he hadn't had children. The depression it caused crippled him. For a time he was in Athens, living with his Afghani boyfriend. The two of them ran a hair-dressing salon, but when the economy turned they lost their business, their livelihood, and their home. So Angel came to London, where he hoped to find work, and more importantly, acceptance.

They were elusive at first, but eventually he found them both through the Shelter. Angel is so warm and that he has been quick to make friends with the other guests. And thanks to the help the staff have given him with his English lessons, he has been able to take a job as a hairdresser.

http://www.sfts.org.uk

Timothy

Timothy had never volunteered anywhere before he started at the Shelter. After working there, he says he knows that he'll carry on volunteering for the rest of his life. He moved over to London from Germany two years ago, when his father took a job working as a banker in the city, and now he is studying for a degree in politics.

"It's the people who make it so special," he says. "At first I couldn't tell the guests and the volunteers apart because they all mix so much. People think volunteering is about being worthy and helping people, but working at the Shelter is just really good fun."

http://www.sfts.org.uk