Homelessness and rough sleeping is a problem on our doorstep, quite literally, yet how often do we walk past a homeless individual not really sure of the best thing to do to help? We are trying to do something about that.
iShelter goes beyond offering a warm place to stay; we offer a strength-based mentoring programme to work with our guests and give them every chance to find their feet again and make plans for the future. Since opening in 2017, we have supported over 100 guests and thanks to our strength-based programme, over half of these have secured employment and subsequently moved to their own rented accommodation.
iShelter’s first project, Tabor House, opened in September 2017 with six beds as a pilot and increased to 12. To adhere to Covid-19 guidelines, we adapted our open plan living space to individual pods, with a capacity for eight guests. We also now have a sister site, Caretaker’s House, which can take a further three guests; all of whom are supported by the same team.
Based in Digbeth, Tabor House is managed in partnership with Father Hudson’s Care and run by a small, core team who work closely with the management committee and volunteers.
iShelter is making a genuine difference to homelessness – offering people a hand-up not just a hand-out. But we can’t do it alone! It costs £3,500 per week to run and as we receive no Government funding, we rely heavily on charitable trusts as well as the kindness of local businesses, community groups and individuals.
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History of iShelter
The Story of iShelter began in 2015, when a group of people joined a soup run and experienced the true impact of homelessness, as well as the importance of the support that is provided across the city. After that night, the group shared a commitment to take positive action to address the problem of homelessness on Birmingham’s streets.
The group started to expand, bringing in new expertise across property, third sector, and marketing industries, to help deliver what is now Tabor House. The iShelter Management Committee has now started to identify future housing projects to continue building on the work of Tabor House.
Please join our network of Midlands-based businesses and individuals to deliver our collective vision to eliminate homelessness in our city of Birmingham.