The Salvation Army found Andrew sleeping in his car and offered him a sandwich. He started attending Bridges Drop-In, Bicester.
Bridges Drop-in, Bicester
"Without The Salvation Army - many of us here would be dead."
Those are the words of one man who attends the Bridges drop-in – a weekly service for people with drug or alcohol problems or who are homeless.
On Wednesdays people at The Salvation Army’s church in Bicester get a sandwich while on Fridays they can get a hot meal and sandwiches are also available.
The centre also provides clothes, tents and sleeping bags - many of which are donated by those in the community. People can also collect food vouchers for the town’s food bank, have a wash, brush their teeth, and get advice on applying for housing, benefits, as well as help in beating their addictions.
The church also gives out sandwiches – donated by the local Pret a Manger – to those who are homeless throughout the week.
Andrew is one of those who has benefitted from the drop-in when he lost his job as an IT engineer and ended up sleeping in his car. He had no money and no food. He couldn’t apply for jobs without an address.
But he came across The Salvation Army when they offered him a sandwich on one of their walk-arounds and he started going to Bridges.
He said: “Unfortunately I didn’t have anywhere to live. It’s hard to go to job interviews when you can’t wash properly, I didn’t have many clothes and I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. The Salvation Army are so helpful. They don’t judge, they just help. There are clothes, there is food. They gave me advice and companionship. Now I have a job again in IT. I don’t know where I would be if it wasn’t for them – I would probably still be in the same situation. Many people are just one or two pay packets away from disaster.”
Specialised programmes to support people to be ready to move on to live on their own