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 mentoring programme to work with individuals, give them every chance to find their feet again and make plans for the future. Since opening in 2017, we have welcomed 70 guests and thanks to our strength-based programme, over 50% 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. This has now become eight as we move to ensure we adhere to Covid-19 guidelines.
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.
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.