Testimonials

Just about everyone who is involved with Robes remarks on what a warm hearted family we all create together.

Our work is infused with love.


What our guests say

“Prior to [Robes] I was frankly absolutely terrified of facing another bleak winter at the mercy of the merciless wintry weather. I had been so close to death the previous winter from rough sleeping on London’s night buses, cardboard boxes or any viable spot I could rest my weary mind, body, spirit and soul.”

“I like to say thank you for the Robes Project for given me exceptional help, by being next to me in difficult time. I got good life experience in Robes Project how to move on forward and to have roof over the head.”

“The Robes Project is very good and much needed during the coldest months of the winter every year. Working here are great and competent people with a passion to help people lost and in need. Help I got from them: hot meal, bed in Church, help from the Advice Worker at Robes, and above all mental and moral support to the new way of life.”

“It has been one month experience I will never forget as long as I live.  Many places did refuse to help me because I am Latvian.  I did experience rough sleeping before Robe Project and suffered from coldness, hunger, health problems and hopelessness was in my mind.  Possibility to tidy myself up with access to showers, clothes and toiletries, to get desired rest at nights at warm welcome churches  I was able to start completely  a new life, to get a job and soon after to afford the place to rent. Today I can live in success like there would have never been the black line in my past.”

“From bottom of my heart I would like to thanks all 22 churches, vicar, volunteers, managing committee and office staff who has not only spend their precious time to leave their family and spent time with us but also spent financially. I pray to almighty God shower blessing on them and bless material and spiritual happiness.”

“Good, kind, humble. They clean the toilets and give their time. Because of the volunteers, I now believe there is a God.”

“Volunteer and vicar of the churches welcome all the guests asking about well- being, offering drinks and refreshment. Playing games like domino, table tennis, scrabble. Around 8pm hot and delicious dinner and pudding served by volunteers. Some of the churches has shower facilities. During the time of winter, when I was sleeping in the bus it was very cold. I got tired and sick. While I was in the churches, it was warm and hygienic.”

“I showered and then it proper sunk in there was actually  provision of a bed for a good night’s sleep tonite and that night I was to sleep worry-free, stress-free and warm so I slept soundly as a baby!!! Personally, there was and still is a lot of support from Robes for me. They’ve helped me in so many empowering ways even to this day.  Thank you all for your time, dedication of service, hardwork and most of all the love you showed us all as your guests on the Robes Project!”

“I think the main positive of my Robes time was having somewhere safe and warm to stay every evening”

What our volunteers say

“Small contributions made together, making a difference to many.”

“Every smile, every expression of thanks with their eyes shows how important our work is for the person helped and for us.”

“I liked chatting to guests.  Some of them have inspired me to enjoy London and life more.”

“It’s about having the opportunity to meet with people that you might not have done otherwise – and to learn about the very human stories behind homelessness.”

“It is very refreshing, exciting and challenging to see how much can be achieved when we work together for the benefit of all. It also challenges us to ask if there is more that we can do before people reach this low point/crisis? Without all of us working together, it would not be possible.”

“Volunteer and vicar of the churches welcome all the guests asking about well- being, offering drinks and refreshment. Playing games like domino, table tennis, scrabble. Around 8pm hot and delicious dinner and pudding served by volunteers. Some of the churches has shower facilities. During the time of winter, when I was sleeping in the bus it was very cold. I got tired and sick. While I was in the churches, it was warm and hygienic.”

What our partner churches say

“The buzz of the common purpose.”

“Robes did very well at providing respite and friendship, and bringing together guests and volunteers from the community”

“Good to feel we can do something practical as a church.”

“Volunteering together with people from the local community.”

“Once it became known what we were doing we had offers of help from across the community.  Many of our volunteers were not members of the church and it was wonderful to be able to build these links.  We are already looking forward to reopening our doors to the guests this winter.”

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