I was scared and badly depressed because I had run away from intimidation and threats where I came from I was completely alone, nobody wanted to help just because they could, but they would help for a cost. The only genuine person that I had met there was now here in Leeds, so I came with my bags and not much money in my pocket.
I had no job and nowhere to stay and was prepared to sleep on the train station rather than go back to what I had left behind. I have no local connection, so a bed at a hostel was not possible. I was told about St George’s Crypt, so I came down and was given a room. I didn’t know what to expect when I came here, I certainly didn’t expect to have 3 meals a day, a room and a warm clean bed.
From the first day I found people wanting to help me because they could. I was quiet in myself those first few days, but I knew I was safe and nobody would make me feel worthless.
The job these people do is amazing. Staff and volunteers work to keep St George’s Crypt running and open for people like me who find themselves with nowhere.
Since I’ve been here, I’ve got more confident in myself again, registered with a doctor, got back to a healthy weight and state of mind. Everyone from staff to volunteers say “hello” and are cheery.
I am now, happily, moving into my own flat thanks to the help from The Crypt. I’m now hoping to become a volunteer and add my (now) cheery face to the ones I’ve seen everyday I’ve been here.
Me? I’m 43 and I’m no longer scared, intimidated or feeling worthless.”