When I arrived in Southport it became clear that the place I was going to move into was no longer available. I was very worried and with very little money I just walked around all night. In the morning I sat on my suitcase outside the housing /employment office waiting for it to open in the hope they could help me. While I was sitting there an employee from Green Pastures (on route to a social services meeting) passed by. She asked if I was ok and took time to listen while I explained my predicament.
The housing employees (whom she already knew) arrived to open their office and she told them if they could not help, to direct me to Green Pastures and she would see if Green Pastures could find anywhere for me. Even though I am 65 and in poor health the housing office could only offer me a list of hostels and the nearest one was at the other end of the borough 15 miles away.
I arrived at Green Pastures office about an hour later and was immediately made to feel welcome and given an interview / assessment. They took me to see a small flat they had available, which was ideal for my needs. Green Pastures have volunteers working for them who go out and collect donated furniture which they store for the needs of their residents.
That very afternoon with the help of Green Pastures I had signed my new tenancy agreement, completed the housing benefit forms and been signed up with the energy and utilities companies for my electricity and water supply. Before tea time, I was being driven with a van full of furniture, bed sofa, table and chairs, TV, bedding, towels, pans, and crockery, everything I needed to move into my new home. They even gave me a food parcel to start me off.
Without Green Pastures I would almost certainly have ended up in a hostel or even rough sleeping. They have been a constant support to me and nothing seems too much trouble. I believe my story shows that miracles do happen, for me, in the morning from sitting on a suit case homeless, to the evening time sitting in my own home with a nice cup of tea, it doesn't get much better then that.