A CHARITY which helps the homeless is celebrating the perfect house-warming present as it settles into its new home — a cool £250,000 in lottery funding.
Trustees of Shiloh Rotherham announced the wonderful windfall of more than £254,000 from the Big Lottery Fund at the official opening of their new HQ at the former council weighbridge Station Road in Masbrough.
The Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Eve Rose Keenan, also unveiled a plaque commemorating Shiloh’s 25 years serving the local community at the event.
John McDonnell, chairman of Shiloh, said: “We are so grateful for the huge amount of support we have received from Rotherham Borough Council and its two main housing contractors Fortem and Mears, and for the support of other businesses, churches, charities and the general public.
“With their help, the old weighbridge has been converted to become perfectly suited for Shiloh’s work.
“With the additional funding provided by the Big Lottery Fund we will be able to expand the support we give to our homeless and vulnerable guests in the future.”
The building has been refurbished and modernised thanks to a unique partnership between the council Fortem and Mears, who all played a part in ensuring Shiloh’s new home is ready to support clients.
The link-up meant the long-running charity could move from its former base on Westgate after trustees were told their lease would not be renewed.
As well as providing hot meals to the homeless, the new centre will also help people develop life skills to find employment and housing.
Shiloh aims to build its base of volunteers up to between 50 and 80 people helping in the kitchen, laundry room and activities and with DIY and maintenance.
To find out about becoming a volunteer, visit http://www.shilohrotherham.org.uk/volunteer-3/.