At Emmanuel House we support many different people each day from a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstances. Here are just a couple of the stories from people who have used our service
The Moon & Stars Don’t Understand Me.
Translated from a Slovakian service user
I decided to come to England hoping for a successful career either at a university or firm. I started a job in a warehouse where, after two months, I felt comfortable even if it was difficult to move to the next step in a professional career. I was living in a comfortable room, sharing a house with nice guys and hopeful that I could change to another job later down the line. I was positive, making decisions about going back to my country with a ‘new wallet,’ hoping to support my son, visit my family and follow my dreams.
Even when I received news from my supervisor that orders were down, I couldn’t see that I’d lost my job. For me it was like a loose button on a new jacket that I’d bought without thinking; it wasn’t so important because I could always put on a new one. Maybe I’d find a nicer jacket.
After one month not working I’d forgotten the colour of the new jacket. In the morning I was quickly making breakfast; just one slice of bread instead of two. My landlord wasn’t interested in the way of payments but more in the paying. After trying to find a job through agencies and advertising online or in newspapers, plus a job where they didn’t pay me for the hours I had worked, the landlord wasn’t sorry and suddenly I needed the old jacket because the street was very cold at night.
The wish of higher level of life was replaced by priorities to survive; how to get water, food and hygiene. One night two drunk guys came into the abandoned house where I slept pretending to be working; another night two boy looking for drugs who then practiced their karate.
One month two men asked me about my health and gave me a card to visit Framework with a free number to call. After a few days with nothing to eat, I had no doubt to profit from it. They also revealed ‘the secret’ of where I could find food; Emmanuel House gave me a huge welcome. To get a hot meal and a shower after four weeks doesn’t have a price. Unforgettable. My skin and stomach were very grateful and I couldn’t refuse help about how to fill informs to claim state benefit. It took a while until I realised that humanity was my safety boat.
Sleeping on the street suddenly wasn’t so awful because I can always return to Emmanuel House for a hot coffee and to look for another job. Some people think anything is possible and that finding a job must be the easiest thing, but the reality is different. A place to sleep was still a lottery but the hot coffee in the morning from Emmanuel House was worth it. I also used the PC to start looking for a job again. Going on excursions, I got to know more about Nottingham and its history; going to the swimming pool or just entertainment indoors makes everything better.
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