Rotherham charity on the move to ‘improve lives’ of needy

Shiloh Rotherham move to new premises. Adding the finishing touches is administrator and trustee John Lang
Shiloh Rotherham move to new premises. Adding the finishing touches is administrator and trustee John Lang
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A HOMELESSNESS charity is prep A HOMELESSNESS charity is preparing to move into a new home in its 20th year.

Shiloh, which helps people rebuild their lives after poverty, oppression and homelessness, had its premises on Westgate, Rotherham, declared unfit for purpose two years ago.

An alternative site next door was offered by Rotherham Council and, thanks to the support of other organisations, has been transformed so clients can wash, eat and use counselling services.

Now final preparations are being made to the former gym before an official opening next week.

Johnathan Lang, Shiloh administrator, said: “We are thrilled to bits to be able to offer what are the best facilities we have had in 20 years of this service for the needy of Rotherham.”

Repairs provider Morrison, which has a base in the town, stepped forward to help Shiloh as part of its community development programme and CRASH - the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless people – also provided goods and services.

Shiloh, which relies on donations to meet running costs and volunteers to continue, paid towards the project too.

The charity started in 1992 as a ‘soup run’. It now provides 300 meals a week plus free bedding, clothes and washing facilities for people.

Shiloh is the only cause of its kind in Rotherham.

Mr Lang said: “Now we’ve got the new building and our numbers have gone up significantly it will enable us to do what we call signposting, which is helping people who want to turn their lives around access different services. We want to improve lives.”

Shiloh is open from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. aring to move into a new home in its 20th year.

Shiloh, which helps people rebuild their lives after poverty, oppression and homelessness, had its premises on Westgate, Rotherham, declared unfit for purpose two years ago.

An alternative site next door was offered by Rotherham Council and, thanks to the support of other organisations, has been transformed so clients can wash, eat and use counselling services.

Now final preparations are being made to the former gym before an official opening next week.

Johnathan Lang, Shiloh administrator, said: “We are thrilled to bits to be able to offer what are the best facilities we have had in 20 years of this service for the needy of Rotherham.”

Repairs provider Morrison, which has a base in the town, stepped forward to help Shiloh as part of its community development programme and CRASH - the construction and property industry’s charity for homeless people – also provided goods and services.

Shiloh, which relies on donations to meet running costs and volunteers to continue, paid towards the project too.

The charity started in 1992 as a ‘soup run’. It now provides 300 meals a week plus free bedding, clothes and washing facilities for people.

Shiloh is the only cause of its kind in Rotherham.

Mr Lang said: “Now we’ve got the new building and our numbers have gone up significantly it will enable us to do what we call signposting, which is helping people who want to turn their lives around access different services. We want to improve lives.”

Shiloh is open from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.