During Christmas 1991 it was recognised by one of our founders that there was a real need for a shelter for the homeless who were arriving in Coventry simply to get a meal at Holy Trinity Church.
The very next year the Coventry Open Christmas shelter opened its doors for the very first time, as a ‘one night only’ project. This proved to be a roaring success and so much so that it has now grown from those very humble origins to a shelter that is now preparing to open its door’s this Christmas for the 25th time for five nights, staying open for 24 hours a day!
Our aim is simple; to provide warmth, shelter and hot food to those who need it the most and to provide to those who have no one else company and a friendly smile. No one need ever be lonely or hungry at a time of year that is all about goodwill to all men, no matter what their present circumstances.
"TO PROVIDE FOOD, SHELTER, WARMTH AND FRIENDSHIP TO THE HOMELESS OR LONELY-Mike Parker / Founder
Without your generosity we cannot run the shelter. We urgently need donations of clothing, bedding, toiletries and food.
Three years ago was the first time we had opened the shelter all day. Given how well this worked we will be doing the same this year.