“After getting back to Leeds from Derby where I was supporting my family, I found that my property had been classed as abandoned. I contacted the council and went to housing options where I was referred to St. George’s Crypt. After acquiring a bed here, things were looking a little better.
The staff were very helpful to me on the first night I was here but I did feel out of place. I’d never been in a situation like this before, but what shocked me is that The Crypt fed, watered me and provided me with clothing, when needed, as well!! The staff here made sure that I was looked after and in the right state of mind to be able to look to the future and what would come of it, e.g. finding a place to stay, sorting out my medication and looking for work.
Now I finally have a place that is secure and local.
I am now a volunteer at The Crypt and involved in many things like helping out in the kitchen, working on reception and admin work, clearing up in the garden (keeping things tidy!). Working here has definitely boosted my self-esteem and confidence.
I feel a much better person, my life has completely changed, from having nothing at all and at a complete low, to feeling like I have a reason to continue, a will to live, having something that I enjoy doing and gaining experience in certain areas that will benefit me further whilst I am looking for work.”
Sadly Richard passed away in July 2013 after an epileptic fit.