During Christmas 1991 it was recognised by one of our founders that there was a real need for a shelter for the homeless who were arriving in Coventry simply to get a meal at Holy Trinity Church.
The very next year the Coventry Open Christmas shelter opened its doors for the very first time, as a ‘one night only’ project.
This proved to be a roaring success and so much so that it has now grown from those very humble origins to a shelter that is now preparing to open its door’s this Christmas for the 26th time for five nights, staying open for 24 hours a day!
Our aim is simple; to provide warmth, shelter and hot food to those who need it the most and to provide to those who have no one else company and a friendly smile. No one need ever be lonely or hungry at a time of year that is all about goodwill to all men, no matter what their present circumstances.
" I first came in to contact with the Coventry Open Christmas shelter in 2009, not as a volunteer but as a young man in desperate need of a bed and a hot meal.
I had been homeless on and off for 6 months largely due the fact that I physically addicted to crack cocaine, heroin and alcohol. When I arrived at the door of the shelter I was greeted by warm and friendly people who only had a genuine desire to help those who were less fortunate, people like me.
It was the very next year, 4 months clean and sober that I arrived at the shelter with that very same desire to repay the debt that had been bestowed on me the previous year.
It is an absolute honour and a privilege to be able to repay the kindness and dedication shown to me by the whole team here at the Open Christmas Shelter."