Earlier this year The Pret Foundation, which was set up by Pret A Manger’s founders in 1995, continued their 30 year mission to support the homeless by announcing the opening of a new home for the homeless in partnership with West London Mission (WLM). WLM is a charity that is dedicated to empowering people affected by homelessness, poverty and trauma, supporting them to make positive changes in their lives.
The Pret House at WLM St. Luke’s facility takes their support one step further by providing accommodation, employment, and access to expert advice to help homeless people transition into the private rented market and help them gain key skills to aid with future employment. The London facility will accommodate up to 13 people at a time, who will live there for 6 to 12 months before moving into rented accommodation with the aim to help 20 ex-homeless people off the streets by the end of the year.
Residents will pay a monthly rent at an affordable rate relative to their wages and each will have their own private room and receive advice and guidance from WLM on how to get a bank account and save for a deposit as well as develop their literacy and computer skills. Each resident will also join The Pret Foundation’s Rising Stars programme, a programme dedicated to providing career opportunities to the ex-homeless in Pret shops nearby.
Polyco Healthline’s Automotive team are delighted to be able to continue their support to help break the cycle of homelessness, started by their April campaign with The House of St Barnabas, by supporting this cause and donating 6 cases of their food safe vinyl gloves for use within their facilities.
WLM Service Manager, Helena Henriques, said of the donation “Thank you ever so much for your generosity – it’s through them, that WLM, and particularly St Luke’s, is able to continuously provide the support to vulnerable people, changing positively and transforming their lives.”