With over 30 people and families seeking destitution assistance in 3 weeks we are seeking donors to support our Samaritan Fund
Over the Christmas period so far we have supported 30 individuals and families seeking destitution assistance just in 3 weeks over the Christmas period. We are quickly running out of funds and will soon have to turn people away, so if you can assist us that would really help.
Over the last year we have been able to support families and single people living in the North Peckham Area who have become destitute because of either the implementation of Universal Credit and its 6 week wait, or because of being punished by our welfare benefits system, when an individual did not turn up to a review appointment largely because they had not received a letter or notification for such an appointment and then punished with no benefits of varied period of time. Others have no access to public funds or who have been to the food bank uptimes o 3 times, and can’t go back for another 6 months.
We have been able to step into this important gap where the state is withdrawing from helping some of the most vulnerable people wish some one off financial support towards food, rent, gas and electricity.
We have funded this totally by generous donations made via paypal through the website, facebook and twitter…
The Pecan Centre – a crucial church based outreach estimates in the last year a 30% increase in families needing to use the Food Bank and a 300% increase in specific support for Childrens needs. This is so wrong.
Can you help? We have used all the funds and now have no funds for this work, so are appealing for more funds to help us sustain this ministry.
Because so many local people have desperate needs because of benefit cuts, we have set an emergency Samaritan fund to help those who have been sanctioned from not received benefits for a number of ridiculous reasons, resulting in many having no money for electricity, gas and food when there are children involved. So we have set up a fund to assist people in the local area with up to £60 payments for:
- One-off assistance with money for electricity and gas meter
- One-off assistance with buying food
- One-off assistance for refugees with needing emergency assistance that they cannot get from other agencies.
We are therefore seeking people to make financial donations towards this fund to help us in this important act of Christian compassion.