Joe became homeless at 18 when his sexuality became a problem for his foster parents.
After spending his childhood in care, Joe had been struggling with bipolar disorder and used drugs to help him cope.
Without a home, he stayed with strangers, at all-night parties, in hostels and on the streets. Eventually Joe was put in touch with Depaul.
In care since he was two years old
Forced to leave foster care at 18
At risk sofa sleeping and sleeping rough
Helped by Depaul UK
In care since he was two years old Forced to leave foster care at 18 At risk sofa sleeping and sleeping rough Helped by Depaul UK

Image of joe with quote. Quote reads: "Without help from Depaul I would not be here today, they were always there at the end of the phone."

How Depaul helped
Icon of a house Accommodation: Joe was placed in emergency accommodation through Depaul’s Nightstop service. Icon of a bank note Financial support: Joe was helped with money to buy food. Icon of two people Pathfinder project: Joe was supported and guided through the housing system to find a safe place to live. Icon of a bowl of food Life skills: Joe was taught cooking and other life skills to set him up for living independently. Icon of a heart Hope: Joe's life is on track for a brighter future

JUST £12 A MONTH could pay for a young person like Joe to have a safe place to stay, a warm meal, laundry facilities and a listening ear, followed by housing advice, guidance on money management and the costs of getting the ID needed for job applications.

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