Deputy Governor, HMP La Moye
At the prison we are very grateful for all the help and support that Living Hope provides to the prisoners when they leave us. We believe they are a great benefit… Many services recognise the good work done by Living Hope and they are involved at a high level with the JMAPPA team and with liaising with Social Services and Housing.
Grace – Caring For Ex-Offenders (Holy Trinity Brompton, London)
I have felt encouraged and inspired by the vision that Kevin Houiellebecq has to establish an organisation which focuses on people whose lives have been broken and mostly through no fault of their own. His vision is to enable transformation in the lives of individuals so that they are able to integrate into society and thereby contribute to the community as a whole. [Living Hope]... is being established on the foundations of excellent principles, sound values and models of best practice.
Mr P. – Recovering Alcoholic
When you leave I never have a bad day and I always have a good sleep. I would have to go through a hell of a lot to have a bad day after I’ve met you. You have definitely been helping me.
I don’t know what I’d have done without your help. Previously, I left prison with my stuff in a sack, a few quid in my pocket and nowhere to live.
... [Living Hope] have given me invaluable support since my release from prison, and from day one right up to the present time have continued with this help, without which I honestly don’t know where I would be now, probably reoffending and back in prison.
Living Hope received a referral from the Prison to support Jim (name changed to protect anonymity) upon his release. We met with him several times before his release from prison. He had nowhere to stay, no job and had absolutely no support network. The statutory agencies were very concerned for his future due to his potential isolation upon release, and the possible increase of offending as a result. Just before his release we found Jim accommodation so that on the day he came out he had somewhere appropriate to stay. We then met with him several times a week. Over time we helped him build a new support network and he began to make new friends. We helped him in developing various life skills and were there to support him when things became tough, as well as being there to celebrate his successes. After a few months Jim was put on a work placement and has since been successful in securing a full-time contract. Three years after his release Jim continues to enjoy his work, has settled into a new flat and meets with his new friends. Although there have been challenges and difficulties to work through, he has admitted that he could never have imagined life would turn out so positively.
The ... [Living Hope] team gave me hope when I reached rock bottom and everyone else seemed to have given up on me. ... Without their continued support I dread to think where I might be.
I first met Kevin and Neil ... [Living Hope] at the Sunday Chapel Service at La Moye Prison. From the first moment we met I was impressed with their non-judgemental attitude, kindness, and their love and commitment to the faith of God. Our relationship continued after I was released. They have supported me through helping me gain accommodation, and helping me work towards gaining my HGV licence, which I have successfully achieved. I thank them for helping and believing in me.
Before I went to prison I didn’t want to live. Feeling this way, I knew I needed help. Meeting Kevin and Neil ... [Living Hope] initially in the prison and now continuing to do so in the community has helped turn all my expectations around. It’s made me realise that life is worth living. I want to live now!