Lavina's story

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Thanks to Streetlytes, a project supported by Church Urban Fund, Lavina is putting her troubled past of abuse and homelessness behind her.

Lavina battled an abusive past that led to her becoming homeless in London. “I just felt really desperate. Everyone kept turning me away. The tears wouldn’t stop. I was sobbing and this gentleman said,  “Come here, they’ll sort you out”, and I came inside. Tony and Sonya took me to  the night shelter and stayed with me until they gave me a bed.” 

“I started breathing again. There was a way out, and I could see it. I still carry that hope inside me. I know it’s going to get better.”

Thanks to Streetlytes, a project supported by Church Urban Fund, that offers help, friendship and support to the homeless in central London – hundreds of desperate people like Lavina have experienced the power of neighbourliness and seen their lives transformed. 

StoriesMatt Hollidge