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Farewell Stephen and Matt…

We’re sad to announce that Stephen Fixman and Matt Shefras are stepping down as Trustees.

For the last 4 years they’ve been an amazing support to the work of SFTS as both volunteers and Trustees.

When we were given 28 days notice at Elmore Street, they pulled out every stop to find us our new premises, pulled all the strings known to man to get us accepted as tenants and recently secured the extension of our lease.

Without them, we could well have joined the ranks of our homeless guests

We wish them both all the best for the future

Thank you guys, we’ll miss you!

 

Good Luck Louie!

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We are sad to announce that Louie Salvoni has stepped down as a Trustee of Shelter from the Storm.  Louie, as co-founder, has been a huge part of the life of the Shelter from the very beginning and will be sorely missed. The Trustees, Sheila, all the volunteers and guests wish him all the best in his new charity venture

Good Luck Louie!

Fyfe Dangerfield to open Shelter from the Storm photography exhibition: 28 November

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Shelter from the Storm, together with Mother, present a night of great music on 28 November to launch a unique photography show exploring the reach of homelessness in London.
 

Fyfe Dangerfield, talented singer-songwriter and lead singer of the Guillemots, will be playing an intimate music set in aid of Shelter from the Storm from 6.30pm to 10.00pm on 298 November at Downstairs at Mother (tickets available here).

This will mark the official opening of a unique photography exhibition, which features a series of portrait photographs of residents at Shelter from the Storm, a night shelter in North London. The photographs will shock many viewers, as they are the antithesis of the gritty images of rough sleepers with which we are bombarded in the run up to Christmas. They show a diverse group of people, many of them young, bright and beautiful, exploring the reach of the problem in the capital. Many of them have jobs, or are desperately seeking work, and simply cannot afford the capitals rising rent prices.

The photographs are the work of local photographer, Rosie Holtom, who has volunteered at Shelter from the Storm for four years. “Working at the shelter completely shattered my preconceptions of homelessness. I have met some fascinating people from all kinds of backgrounds, with incredible life stories. I wanted to take simple portraits that showed these proud, brave people for what they are without focussing on their homelessness.”

Tickets for the opening event at Downstairs at Mother, 10 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DD are available for £20 online here – all money raised will go to the shelter. The photography exhibition will run from 24 November to 3 December 2013

Bastille day street party in support of Shelter from the Storm

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Our fabulous mes aimes at the Charles Lamb pub are throwing a Bastille day street party on 13 July to support the shelter and you’re all invited!

The day will feature an amazing three-course Bastille celebratory feast for £25 per person including a Kir Royal – all profits raised will go to the shelter – as well as a petanque competition, games, live music, bunting, rosettes, bretton cider, french beers, cocktails and more. For those not joining the feast, there’ll be fresh seafood and pub food. Come on down to this fun-filled day of celebrations for an amazing cause – lock the date in your diary now and book your feast tickets tout de suite by emailing food@thecharleslambpub.com.

 

We’re also on the look out for volunteers for the day – get in touch on mail@sfts.org.uk if you can help out.

Meet some volunteers: the Savages

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Husband and wife team extraordinaire, the Savages, cook for us here at SFTS on alternate Mondays and have done for the last two years. We spoke to Sasha, as she took a breather from making dinner for forty, to tell us about her experiences volunteering at the shelter.

For her it’s the welcoming atmosphere and sense of mutual respect between volunteers and guests alike that she enjoys most. It’s also an opportunity to meet the considerable challenges of cooking for a large number of hungry guests, and spending quality time with her ‘Monday night family’ of dedicated sous-chefs. Both she, and husband Richard, are convinced that the work we do here is essential in finding opportunities for our guests and providing them with a much needed safe haven from the harsh realities of homelessness in London.

Give a caffe sospeso today

A caffè sospeso or suspended coffee is a cup of coffee paid for in advance as an anonymous 488236_445137408901302_1426433633_nact of charity. Some say the tradition is over 100 years old and began in the working-class cafés of Naples. Someone who’d had a bit of good luck would order a coffee but pay for two. Later, a poor person could ask if there was a sospeso available and would then get a coffee for free.

If you’ve ever wanted to buy a hot drink for a homeless person but worried that the money might be spent on something harmful, this is your chance.

Text CAFE13£2 to 70070

We promise that your £2, the price of a cup of coffee, will go directly to providing food and drink to London’s homeless.

In these cold hard times having a lovely cup of coffee is a small treat most of us can afford. Share that pleasure with our guests.