This remarkable building has gone from strength to strength since the millennium, and has introduced an annual fundraising concert, a high-level refurbishment and, most importantly, helped more than 100,000 people.?
Here?s our story from 2000.??
A new and improved hostel, Passage House, opened.
The Mentoring Scheme was introduced. The aim of the scheme was to help clients maintain a development in their life, such as a job or flat, by providing them with someone to talk to when things were going well and, more importantly, when they were not. Barclays and John Lewiscontinue to support the mentorship scheme.
Montfort House was acquired and remains in use today. Montfort House consists of 16 self-contained flats supported by three staff, providing accommodation and support for entrenched rough sleepers.
The first ?Night Under the Stars? event, the annual fundraising concert, took place (and is still an annual event to this day!).
The Jubilee Anniversary of The Passage was commemorated with a series of events, including a concert by Westminster Cathedral Choir, a garden party at Westminster Abbey, and a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Cathedral.
St Vincent?s Centre is purchased from the Sisters using a statutory grant of ?5 million.
The Client Volunteer Scheme was initiated, enabling clients to use the skills acquired from The Passage to help other clients. This has since become a model of good practice across the sector.
The 30-year anniversary of The Passage.?
Since 1980, 100,000 people had been helped, 3,000,000 meals had been served, and 36,000 people had received the help of the health team
Streetlink (Outreach) Team begin working 365 days a year. The No Second Night Out initiativebegan, aiming to get new rough sleepers off the streets so that they wouldn?t have to sleep outside for a second night. Passage House was converted into a 35-bed hostel with an innovative five-bed adult foyer.
The Personalisation Pilotand Housing Firstschemes are launched.
All services now operated seven days a week. The planning application for the refurbishment of St Vincent?s Centre was approved. The staff-to-volunteer ratio reached 1:4 (100:400). Before You Go– a homelessness prevention project – begins.
The Home for Goodproject begins, aiming to keep resettled clients from returning to the streets. Passage House receives straight ?A?s in its review by Supporting People. The innovative Social Impact Bondis the first ever payment-by-results homelessness initiative.
Nearly two years? building work at St Vincent?s Centre was finished. The refurbishments created a building that was of as high a quality as the services themselves, allowing an abundance of new opportunities and services.
The centre was officially opened by HRH The Duke of Cambridge. Immigration Advice was introduced, and Client Ambassadors began assisting other agencies in a voluntary capacity
The complete refurbishment of St Vincent?s Centre enabled The Passage to create?Cathedral View, a beautiful and unique venue space that will provide further sustainable income for The Passage?s vital services.?
The Duke of Cambridge became The Passage’s Royal Patron. The Duke has visited The Passage and Cathedral View many times.