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Our History

A board of 9 trustees, all volunteers, who are responsible for the decisions that keep the funds coming in and the wheels of the organisation turning.

We have a team of staff members, based at 15 Knightrider Street and a team of brilliant volunteers. Click here to find out how to get involved.

Every member of the team  works together to run our projects, helping our men and women clients to turn their lives around.

We started as Maidstone Christian Care in 1986 with the objective of supporting homeless and vulnerable people. The charity opened the first Maidstone Day Centre in 1995 in a ground floor flat at Lenworth House and in 2004 moved to 15 Knightrider Street. Knightrider Street was a massive move requiring massive effort, none of it could have been achieved without the support of local churches. Today that strength and determination is even more important as Homeless Care makes the moves for the future it sees, serving the community and helping when things don't go right for so many people. Help, food and shelter are essential for survival for many.

Maidstone Christian Care has come a long way since Patricia McCabe and pupils of Maidstone Girls' Grammar School first started a soup run serving sandwiches and hot drinks from the boot of Pat's car. That was in 1986 when the Maidstone Round Table gave the group a grant of £500 to start a project for homeless people.

Over the next few years, alongside the soup runs, local churches offered the use of their premises so that on some days volunteers from MCC could provide hot meals for people in need. The United Reformed Church in Week Street was supportive from the beginning over the years before we had our own premises.

Maidstone Christian Care had been registered as a charity (1048081) in 1989 and in 1995 became registered as a company limited by guarantee. A few months later the first Day Centre opened in a ground floor flat in Lenworth House and we were able expand our service to homeless and vulnerable men and women.

 

Life Skills Centre

Based at Knightrider St, we offer:
1. emergency respite from the street – a shower, hot meal, and laundry available while our team connect rough sleepers to the appropriate support services 
2. create individual support plans – to put bespoke action plans in place to help people transition away from rough sleeping or temporary accommodation 
3. life skills courses – to give those in temporary accommodation the tools to find work and a permanent home

 

Food Bank

Our Food Bank helps those that are experiencing food poverty and at risk of homelessness

 

Supported House

Goodsell House provides accommodation and mental health support services to transition people out of homelessness.

 
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Homelessness is a growing issue in society and more and more people are a few rent or mortgage payments away from the risk of homelessness. The rise in property prices, lack of affordable housing and difficulties for people getting onto the property ladder become polarised when life circumstances change.

Support for those who are at risk of homelessness or already homeless

Support and information for those potentially at risk of becoming homeless.


National and regional homelessness and deprivation indices

Information, news and resources relating to regional and nation statistics regarding homelessness and deprivation.


Further reading

Latest news on the work Homeless care is doing and our successes, partnerships and links that further our aims.