Project 58.7 – Feeding The Homeless

Churches Together in Basildon Outreach of Faith in Action

WHO ARE WE?

  • Operating since 2008
  • 20 volunteers from 10 Churches in Basildon (6 of whom are cooks) plus 6 additional cooks

The name is based on Isaiah chapter 58 verse 7 in the Bible: “…is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

Providing a free hot meal throughout the year (on average 15-20 meals x3 per wk), hot drink & support to any adult in need or rough sleeping/homeless (children not encouraged)

  • A listening ear
  • Prayer available for people and their situations
  • Practical help e.g. clothes, sleeping bags, tents, form filling, etc
  • Signposting to other agencies e.g. benefits, housing, training, rehab, Essex Savers, debt
  • counselling, health & wellbeing etc
  • Lobbying for a Rough Sleepers Night Shelter or Crisis Day/Night Centre in Basildon

MEAL TIMES & LOCATION MAP

  • MONDAYS 6.30-7.30pm at the Basildon Bell Tower, St Marin’s Square, Basildon, SS14 1DX
  • WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS 6.00-7.30pm at The United Reformed Church, 6 Honeypot Lane, Basildon, SS14 2JZ

Project 58.7 Location Map

SELF-SUPPORTING

We are a Charity and rely on the donations of individuals & churches. The money raised from the Annual Sponsored Sleep-out pays for the year’s food, rent, supplies, training of volunteers.

In 2011/12, The Mayor of Basildon, Cllr Mo Larkin, generously donated £4,000 from her charities to Project 58.7 which we set aside for a Day/Night Shelter: View news article

ANNUAL SPONSORED SLEEP-OUT

The homeless & volunteers raising awareness together.

When? 1st Friday each December 10pm-8am at Trinity Methodist Church, corner of Clay Hill Rd/Bardfield, Basildon SS16 4NN.

The 2014 Sleep-out raised £3,720. Cash or cheques payable to “Churches Together in Basildon (Project 58:7)). Charity No. 267593 – some firms will match fund what an employee has raised.

OUR PARTNERS

  • Basildon Community Resource Centre (BCRC), contact Maggie Viney 01268 450040
  • Basildon Citizens Advice Bureau (BCAB), contact Kathy Peach 0844 477 0808
  • Basildon Food Banks, contact BCRC and BCAB above for a Food Voucher & details about where to exchange at a Food Bank
  • CAP Debt Centre for free debt advice & counselling, contact 0800 328 0006
  • Basildon Council Homelessness Department & St Mungo’s, contact co-ordinator Revd Esther McCafferty 01268 522455 / emccafferty@talk21.com