Over five years ago, I saw a news story in the local newspaper about the number of homeless people in Britain. I went out onto the streets of Hanley to see the problem for myself, and came across a number of people sleeping rough. I made my mind up then to do something about it.
From humble beginnings, The Macari Centre now gives shelter to around 50 people in warm, comfortable pods, providing them with four meals a day.
Homeless people are men and women who have lost their home and sometimes their family. Each person has a real life story with many different and often tragic reasons for their homelessness. They are brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, aunts and uncles. No one deserves to be out on the street.
At this time of year, most people will be spending time with their families and loved ones. At The Macari Centre, we try to provide this supportive, stable, family environment where people can build their lives again. Later today we’ll be enjoying a delicious Christmas dinner donated by a local business.
Christmas is also a time to be thankful, and I want to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported The Macari Centre over the years and helped us to achieve our mission. Our guests are so very grateful for all the kindness and generosity of our supporters. We really couldn’t do what we do without our wonderful community.
I wish you all the very best for Christmas and the New Year!
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