The journey starts with a hot breakfast

The Whitechapel Mission have been helping Londoners to help the homeless since 1876, meeting the specific needs of each man and woman who walks through our doors. First, we help the homeless by meeting immediate needs: food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. In our recovery programs, we address deeper needs for life-skills and job skills training, and addiction recovery. We measure our progress against four criteria, which indicate to us that a life has been transformed from homelessness to hope: connection to family, commitment to sobriety, a job and a place to live, and a plan for the future.

We meet basic needs

We serve as many as 300 hot breakfasts every day of the year, as well as offering showers, clothing, hairdressing, optician, medical care, dentistry, befriending and advising on: night shelters, hostels, employment, accommodation, benefits, identification documents, form filling, debt counseling, entitlements, finding appropriate help.

And all this is achieved by volunteers

We had over 4,500 volunteers support us last year with over 24,000 hours of their time, making sure that everybody received a hot breakfast or lunch, was able to get showered and choose clean clothing each morning and have somebody to turn to for advice and support.

The staff could not do this without the fantastic volunteers and supporters who make it all possible. Thank you!!!

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