28 July 2017
By Anne Stewart, SHCJ
Many people will know that Salford Loaves and Fishes has been in temporary accommodation for well over a year. At first we were in Portacabins on a car park and then in part of a building which housed a curtain rail factory! I am however pleased to say that we have kept our services running for homeless and vulnerable people in Salford.
Our new home is a refurbished medical centre, known to us all as 1 Paddington Close. This building has been bought for us by a local charity, the Edward Holt Trust. The keys of the building will be finally handed over to us early next week. We will move into our new premises in the middle of August.
The support we have received has been overwhelming and recently another local charity has agreed to pay for a new kitchen for us. When we left Salford Cathedral in 2005 we thought it was the end of our project but 12 years later we have finally found a home for the service which two of our sisters started in the late 1980’s.
We have been through some very challenging times but the Society has continued to support us and for that we are deeply grateful. We hope to have a celebration and more formal opening of our new centre in the Autumn and we will let everyone know the date.
Please pray for the staff and clients as they move hopefully for the last time! The support, prayers and interest of the Society’s European Province has seen us through on many occasions. Thank you.