Reviewing this as I have in November 2020 it is remarkable to see just how many people have worked for us over the years and been both blessed and a blessing. It takes a certain quality of person to work with us and each has brought their own love for Jesus in caring for those less fortunate than ourselves or having fallen on tough times.
Worked for us on A Bed for the Night and supporting guests into permanent accommodation 2019 – 2020
Sharn was our Bed for the Night co-ordinator for 2018 joining us in October 2017
She is part of LifeSpring Church in Reading.
Kevin Derham – Stepping Stones Support Worker
Kevin joined us in February 2016 to run our Stepping Stones housing project.
Kevin left us in January 2018 when we sadly had to close the project due to financial constraints.
Richard was with us from September 2010 till mid 2015, having previously volunteered for us.
He was responsible for running Stepping Stones, ably supported by Tony (below). Richard proved his worth in researching background legislation and setting up documentation.
Claire Leonard worked with us as our Bed for the Night co-ordinator in January 2015.
She did a fantastic job and is much missed as we work at the shelter the second year.
Tony Henson joined us in the summer of 2011 and soon proved his worth. Tony was responsible for our Street Outreach work “ReadiStreet” but spends most of his time looking after tenants in our Stepping Stones housing project.
He moved on in the Spring of 2015
Jonty Langley joined the staff in October 2010 having volunteered with us on the streets for a number of years.
He brought a good deal of that experience as a volunteer to help him as he ran our street outreach programme “ReadiStreet”.
Sadly his stay with us was not long. But in the time he was with us he put some useful systems in place and built a good rapport with volunteers. He is much missed on staff, but appreciated as a volunteer.
Christine joined us in October 2007 taking on organising the evening Soup Runs as well as delivering parcels during the weekdays.
She previously worked for The Chalet in Reading, working with ex-offenders. She brought a wealth of experience to the team.
She was originally brought in to work alongside Brian to increase our capacity.
Rose Godbeer took over looking after the office at the beginning of 2008.
She picked up where Jan Hearn left off in reviewing and simplifying our record keeping.
Rose left us to begin a new ministry with her husband towards the end of 2010
Jan Hearn joined us in November 2007 on a temporary contract until January 2008, to cover our office administration.
Jan was able to help us improve our record-keeping methods.
She was sadly unable to stay on with us due to illness, but we were very grateful to her for bridging a gap and remains a keen supporter of FAITH.
John Jenks joined us in November 2007 fast proving himself to be a great member of the team. John had a real gifting with collating and presenting statistics, so we are gradually getting a much better picture of the services we deliver.
Sadly for us he was offered a very tempting full-time post with an organisation that he had wanted to work with for a very long time. We wish him every blessing.
Brian Harris joined us in August 2006 and proved to be a valuable member of staff bringing with him a genuine empathy for our clients.
He did a stirling job fitting in his hours with FAITH alongside his business as a hairdresser.
For personal reasons he left us in November 2007. He still keeps in touch and is doing great.
Vicky Greener worked with us up till October 2007. Back in those days with such a small staff she had to cover virtually all of the admin for the street work and the embryonic Foodbank. We are grateful to her for her contribution to the work of FAITH over the years.
She stays in touch and is now thoroughly enjoying her new career as a classroom assistant with one to one responsibilities for a child with learning difficulties.