Charity helps former homeless man find Hope

A homeless charity has teamed up with churches in the area to help provide homes for those in dire need.

Rev Richard Merrick in the grounds at Holy Trinity Church which have been spruced up
Rev Richard Merrick in the grounds at Holy Trinity Church which have been spruced up

Seven people in Wolverhampton have been housed through the partnership with charity Hope Into Action Black Country.

And it has seen one tenant – named ‘Glenn’ – turn his hand to churchyard maintenance amid coronavirus to transform the area.

He started work around the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Heath Town after his recovery programme, computer and literacy classes were cancelled.

And his efforts to tackle the overgrown grounds has landed him praise by members of the public who have passed by – thanking him for his work.

An elderly man, who hadn’t been to the churchyard for a while, thanked him for allowing him to find the graves of his parents, which had previously been obscured from view.

Glenn, who grew up in the neighbourhood and went to the swimming baths nearby, said he was “proud” of his efforts and the reaction from others.

Rev Richard Merrick in the grounds at Holy Trinity Church which have been spruced up

Church co-ordinator Nigel Clark, who lives by the churchyard, invited Glenn to take on the mammoth task in March when the pandemic hit.

The pair have since built up a strong relationship – with the man helped by the charity often carrying out work on his own, accessing the equipment shed as he went.

And it has led to the congregation presenting the former homeless man with a large thank you card signed by members of the congregation.

Hope Into Action Black Country has asked for donations to help them expand their work to help more people in need amid the pandemic.

Visit Hope Into Action's website for more information.

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