– homeless in 2012

I found myself homeless in 2012. I did have a historical background working with large blue chip organisations, over 20 years in various jobs. But then suffered from severe clinical depression which I have had since at least 2002.

This then led to alcohol problems, and my weight almost doubling, despite various medications/therapies over many years, which I felt were not much help to me. This led to various breakdowns and life threatening circumstances. And in 2012 it came to ahead, and I became homeless. For months I was living on the streets, hostel dormitories, Hyde Park, the Thames riverside. As well as Wandsworth cinema, and terminal 3 at Heathrow airport.

After successfully overcoming alcohol problems I looked for help to various organisations, charities and councils, whilst battling the depression. Unfortunately I felt that I did not receive much help from some organisations that I approached, and was just given, it seemed constantly, other contact numbers but not really anything that helped me away from homelessness.

I discovered a leaflet at a public library, which contained Borderline’s details. I called them to arrange an appointment to see them. They were the first organisation which seemed to help me, rather than pass me contact numbers, and then I entered the YMCA Waltham Forest.

Since then I have volunteered on reception with Borderline for a year and a half now, as well as helping out when I can with other things. I am also working with a Careers Advisor there as well.

I am hopeful that this will allow me to eventually get my life back on track, and to gain employment, having not worked for many years due to the depression. Recently, I have moved into a Housing Association flat as well. It is thanks to Borderline that I can finally see myself with what I hope will be an optimistic future.

P.S…

When I was homeless something significant that I noticed was the variety of people who are homeless, which I was certainly not aware of before. All shapes, colours, sizes. This struck me that perhaps homelessness, if given the wrong circumstances, could happen to just about anyone.

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