People become and remain homeless for a wide range of complex reasons and solving homelessness is about much more than putting a roof over someone’s head. Many homeless people face a number of issues which, in addition to needing somewhere safe and secure to live, often compound their homelessness. The isolation and destructive nature of the situation means homeless people find it difficult to access the help they need.
Homelessness, above everything else, damages the individual’s resilience, self-esteem and self-confidence.
The Canaan Trust operates within a person centred ethos. “It is important to discover the person not only behind the homeless individual but also the person within. It is vital to provide the environment, and the support, in which each client can rebuild their lives, regain their self esteem, rebuild their self confidence. It is essential that we help each of our clients increase their skills, build their confidence and give each of them individually, inclusively, and diversely the capability to be empowered to feel in control of their lives so that they are able to move on from homelessness for good.”