Benefice Project 2013
The Message Trust – Houses of Hope
The Message Trust is a Manchester- based Christian charity, now in its 20th year, with a passion for improving young people’s lives, through its work in schools, prisons and tough communities. The latest initiative has led to the establishment of the Message Enterprise Centre, which aims to tackle head on the problem of youth re-offending by providing a package of training, housing and community to young men and women on release from prison.
Within the next five years, they aim to provide up to 50 ‘Houses of Hope,’ located in areas, where there is maximum support outside working hours. Building apprentices will refurbish the properties to become homes for the next apprentices and other ex-offendors to occupy.
Our initial target is £1000, which would enable the Message Trust to make 2 houses into homes for 3-4 young people each, straight from prison. This would include starter kits of basic bedding, towels, soap, shower gel, kitchen equipment, plus a few home comforts such as rugs, pictures for the walls etc.
I would encourage each village to organise fund raising events separately, but I would be grateful if you could let me have details when these are arranged, then we can encourage maximum support from across the Benefice and avoid dates clashing.
Kenneth Field, from Marston Magna, is kindly acting as Treasurer and all funds raised should be passed to him.Please start thinking of ways we can work together to raise funds for this worthwhile cause -thank you!