Who are we?
The name PROJECT 58.7 comes from a challenge given in the Bible in Isaiah chapter 58 verse 7 to “share your food, provide the poor wanderer with shelter and give them clothing”. We are a group of volunteers, of all ages and from all walks of life, mainly from the local Churches but also from the Community (Rotary clubs) with a shared aim to help vulnerable people. If you have worked with homeless people in the BENS night shelter you will have met some of our volunteers.
What do we do?
We share compassion for those less fortunate than ourselves and aim to provide a safe, comfortable place for homeless and vulnerable people to get an evening meal, a change of clothes and fellowship. In winter, November to March, we work together with the Basildon Emergency Night Shelter who are able to give our guests a warm bed for the night. All are welcome regardless of race, colour, creed, disability and sex. The volunteers lend a listening ear when needed and supply information about other agencies that may be able to help our guests. The volunteers and guests have rules and guidelines that must be adhered to in order to enable the smooth running of the shelters and to make for a safe, peaceful night.
Why are we targeting the homeless for our help?
There are many rough sleepers in the Basildon area. Some you may have seen around the town centre but there are many more who you would not be unaware of. They are frequently physically and verbally attacked, just because they are seen as “different”. They have their belongings stolen or destroyed because they are vulnerable. They are people just like you and me and most didn’t choose to be on the streets. They deserve to be treated with respect and to feel safe at night.