When someone who Lifewise has housed says, “I never believed this could happen for me” I feel humble and reassured. It gives me confidence that we are getting it right.
This time last year, the Housing First programme was but a glimmer of hope for people who have been rough sleeping for decades. Today, we are very proud to see so many people in a permanent home, some of whom have been rough sleeping for decades. They not only have a home but also have the wraparound support and community connection they want. This is the exciting result of our partnership with people who have lived experience of homelessness. The inclusion of people who have been homeless is key to our unique Housing First approach. Our work demonstrates what is possible and we continue to advocate regionally and nationally to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.
As you may already know, Lifewise supports people at every stage of their lives. Mothers like Marlena and her children have a happier, brighter future. Young parents learn important life skills like budget-friendly healthy cooking. Older people and those with disabilities maintain their independence in the community. And people experiencing the most severe and chronic form of homelessness find a home and the support they want.
Each of these stories gives me hope. As does your faith in Lifewise that our work is having a positive impact. Your support gives us the confidence to make brave strides towards new solutions. And for that, I cannot thank you enough. I look forward to sharing with you more successes on our journey towards connected, just, and inclusive communities.
Chief Executive, Lifewise