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Salvation Army Homeless Centre Installs New Chaplain To Provide "Listening Ear "

A Salvation Army homeless centre has installed a new chaplain to provide a listening ear and pastoral support to the homeless men who pass through its doors.

Captain Michael Allen has arrived at Logos House Lifehouse in Wade Street, Bristol after spending three years as a Salvation Army Officer (the Army’s equivalent of a vicar), at a church in Milton Keynes.

The 43-year-old father-of-two said he would welcome anyone who comes to Logos House in need of pastoral or spiritual support.

He said: “My main hope for the role is to promote Logos House as a safe place where people are welcomed for who they are. A place where even if they don’t profess a faith, that individual knows that they will be listened to, they will be cared for.

“I have a Christian perspective and background. That is my foundation. But even as a spiritual director, a chaplain, I am still a human being and I will be myself.”

Dozens of residents and staff attended the installation service of Captain Allen at Logos House Lifehouse at the beginning of August. The Lifehouse welcomes people of all faiths or none and no one is obliged to use the chaplaincy service.

Mathew Morgan, service manager at Logos House, said: “The service was a recognition of the fact that the chaplaincy is important and to give it its rightful place.

“It was a really good way of introducing Mike to the centre. There was a lot of symbolism in the service such as the cross, the flag, and the shepherd’s crook. It highlighted the support Mike is able to give to service users and staff.”

Before becoming an Army officer Captain Allen worked in the organisation’s social services department. He was a key worker and then assistant centre manager at another Salvation Army Lifehouse in Southampton.

Logos House has a long history of providing care and support to homeless men in and around Bristol. The Salvation Army continues to provide a warm welcome today with emergency housing, along with short term accommodation, before the men and women are able to move into more independent housing situations.

The 93-bed hostel provides tailored support, planning and opportunities to engage including cooking groups, IT classes and art therapy.

Logos House Centre Manager Mathew Morgan with Captain Michael Allen

Notes to Editors

For more information or to request an interview with Captain Michael Allen contact the Media Office: Rachel Hovenden on 020 7367 4898 or email: rachel.hovenden@salvationarmy.org.uk   or contact media@salvationarmy.org.uk