Testimonies

My Story

I have lived at Hope House since December 2012. And I am so thankful for that, as I do not know where I would have been, most likely on the streets. When I moved into the house I was given a roof over my head and a bed to sleep on but most of all food in my belly. When I first moved in I kept to myself as I didn’t know anyone. I have had a troubled time and I have found it hard to get out and about. If it was not for the help that I have received from the staff I don’t know where I would have been.

I have been through a lot and if it was not for the help the staff has given me by speaking to people so she could explain it to me in a way that I understand, when I was down I would lock myself in my room and not talk to anyone. But over time I would come down and start to talk to the other men who lived at the house.

I have done many things with the house like going to Snetterton to camp and to watch Motorsport as I am a big fan plus, it gave me time to think and to be myself and to open up more. Now we go to Snetterton a lot more now and we are going sailing.

I have turned to God and I have seen an improvement in my life and I am happier then I have ever been. So I am now looking forward in life and can see the light at the end of the dark path that I was on.

May God bless you all.

Hope House

Does exactly what the House name says. I had given up. But now I am living here I have new faith and cannot thank this house, and all the people who run it, enough.

A bird sitting in a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking

Because its trust is not in the branch;

But in its wings to fly.

Always believe in yourself.

THE ALLOTMENT

A DAY WELL SPENT

A SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT

RELAXED

ENJOYABLE

EDUCATIONAL

F        FREEDOM

U       Unexplained relaxation

N       No pressure

The allotment, part of the project work undertaken at Hope House

Hope House and what they did for me

In October 2012, I decided to move to Lowestoft from Harlow, Essex. Everything was planned, I had a room to move to and everything looked positive. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as I hoped. The room fell through and I found myself homeless, and things looked very bleak. I had heard of a place in Lowestoft that gave advice called Bridgeview, so I called in to see if they could help. They found me a place called Hope House and I went to speak to a member of staff. I was very nervous as I had never been in this position before but she put me at ease, and listened to my background and circumstances. She agreed that I could stay in the house and arranged for the trustees to give me the final interviews.

I was told that I was a broken man but I didn’t really listen. I thought I was fine, but I wasn’t. My pride was saying “You’re alright, don’t worry”, but the staff could see that I was damaged. After I moved in, I gradually got to know the other fellas living there and began to realise that I was safe and that I was so lucky to be here.

The staff and the trustees told me that God brought me to Hope House and I took it with a pinch of salt as I have never been into religion, but living at the house has changed my thoughts to some degree. After a few weeks I developed serious back problems and I thought it was because of my time working in the building industry.

The staff told me that it might not only be physical damage but mental as well. After many months of sleepless nights, worrying about life and pouring my heart out to one of the staff, I came to realise that she was right all along. There were days and nights where I would suffer badly, staff would pray for me, and when this happened, the pain seemed to disappear.

I lived at Hope House from November until July, and during this time with the help of everyone, from the men who lived there to the trustees; I went from feeling as if I was nothing to finally becoming someone again.

When the time came when I felt ready to move on Hope House didn’t just cast me out to fend for myself, they helped me get my very own place and to furnish it as well. Now that I am living on my own and standing on my own two feet has Hope House abandoned me. No! I know that I am always welcome and I can go and eat with them, laugh and cry with them, and share my experiences with them.

Hope House is such an amazing place and everyone who lives and works there, without you I would not be who I am now. Without the help, support, and love you gave me I would have gone under and I will never ever forget everything you have given and done for me. Until the day I die there will be a little piece of my heart with Hope House etched on it.

All my thanks and love to all who are part of Hope House.

Hope House to the Rescue

I left prison and came to Hope House; this was arranged in August 2016 just over a week before my release by the chaplaincy team at the prison.

I had nowhere to go on my release and was planning to go back to the area where all I had was a negative history. I was only out of custody four weeks on release from my previous sentence. When the opportunity to go to a new area presented itself, I grabbed it with both hands, as I had had enough of the life I had led up until that point, my 6th prison sentence. I was ready and needed to walk a different path.

Hope House and the staff here assisted me with the changes I had already identified that needed to take place and that I had started to implement whilst in prison, these changes were more about my attitudes and outlook. Hope House provided the environment and support that enabled me to turn those inner changes into outward actions and lifestyle choices.

I am extremely grateful to Hope House and the chaplaincy team at the prison.

Hope House resident speaks out

I would like to point out my situation since my release from prison in May 2017. On the three previous times, I have been released into uncertainty and instability in respect of my environment and support network. This has been very different on this occasion as I have come to Hope House, which is a supportive and stable environment and is a clean and dry environment in respect of drink and drug use that to an ex addict such as myself is invaluable and so beneficial in keeping perspective.

There is also a multitude of support available to residents and referrals to various agencies can be made with the support of staff, and staff will make time for residents should any problems arise.

There are residents with various levels of support needs but everybody is there to support and help each other and there is an overall good atmosphere and level of interaction between staff and residents.

Finally, I have found this environment has helped me maintain the positive attitude and motivation to transform my life since release and I have been able to keep momentum with this with the assistance of staff in here.

Hope for me

Having moved into Hope House in early June 2017, one of the real positives has been the fortnightly volunteering days at the allotment. As well as being out in the fresh air in the countryside and participating in a certain amount of physical activity in a relaxed atmosphere, the knowledge of the allotment owner and his willingness to impart that information in a patient and not condescending way has helped massively to raise not only my understanding of horticulture and the effects on the plant life, insects, and animals but also my self-confidence. I have used the skills and information gained not only to be more helpful at the allotment itself and in the gardens of Hope House but also to myself voluntary work in various gardens in the surrounding area.
At the allotment I have been given 3 plots to look after myself, with advice and experience always when required which along with the positive feedback and gratitude afforded when I have worked on other gardens has really lifted my self-confidence and self-esteem and gives me so much pride in myself, all of which were very low in June and had been for some time. I now feel back to my old self.
I also now have a plan to move my life forward in a positive manner and I hope to be able to utilise some of the skills I have learnt so far and other information and abilities I aim to continue to benefit from over the coming months.