Rotherham Homeless Charity Shiloh moves into new home after 2 years of hard work by partners and volunteers.
Rotherham Homeless Charity Shiloh, which helps adults living in poverty, oppression and homelessness to rebuild their lives by providing food, support and information about health and housing, moved into its new home after 2 years of work by some hard work by many partners and volunteers after their existing premises were announced unfit for purpose in September 2010 because they did not meet fire regulations.
Shiloh Manager Jonathan Lang contacted local Councillor and Cabinet member Mahroof Hussain MBE for assistance and the plan for the future of Shiloh started to develop.
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council offered it the use of a disused gymnasium. Unfortunately the building was a complete shell and needed to be entirely renovated and fitted out in order to make it viable for Shiloh’s use. Rotherham Council repairs and maintenance provider Morrison were contacted and offered its assistance as part of its community development programme.
Shiloh raised £15,000 also gained considerable support from the construction and property industry’s charity CRASH. Morrison’s team donated over 600 hours of staff time to the nine month project, including project managing the build and providing all the labour and tools free of charge. The premises were completely transformed; new rooms, new laundry facility, bathroom facilities, fully functioning catering kitchen and a brand new heating system, as well as completely decorating internally. The new premises has now enabled Shiloh to offer more services than ever before including a new support service to help link its ‘guests’ to other agencies who can help them get their lives back on track.
Councillor Mahroof Hussain said “It’s great to see Shiloh finally move into the new premises after 2 years of hard working by so many. The road to salvation comes with great sacrifices and on this project so many have sacrificed their valuable time and I would like to thank Rotherham Council, Morrison, CRASH and all the other partners and volunteers who made this happen.” Councillor Hussain further said “It is sad that in the 21st Century there are so many with so much but there also those who have very little and we must not forget them. The opening of the new premises shows that people do care and will continue to care and I hope Shiloh continues its great work in the local community.”
Jonathan Lang, Charity Manager of Shiloh said: "Without the labours of love and skill from the workers, and the companies and organisations who have donated their staff, materials and funding for this project, we would not be where we are today - and those who need us most would be worse off.
“Shiloh is only a small charity but we know we make a big difference to those in need; to have had to shut our doors because of a lack of suitable premises or finance would have been truly devastating for the people who rely on our support and we are so thankful that this has been avoided.”