The ribbon has officially been cut on Hopestead Place!
Today, we are incredibly proud to have unveiled Hopestead Place in partnership with @emmaus_suffolk, a site with two modular homes to provide accommodation to alleviate homelessness in Ipswich. Hopestead funded the homes, which sit next to Emmaus` community café, and the homes themselves were built by Cambridge charity @new_meaning_foundation (NMF) using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) to ensure efficiency and affordability.
In the words of our CEO Marie-Claire Delbrouque, "This is the very first project delivered under our `Building Hope` initiative, which is the provision of bed spaces or additional homelessness accomodation in the East of England, and it’s something we’re very proud to be a part of."
Claire Staddon, CEO of Emmaus Suffolk, added: "They [Hopestead] decided that [funding this] was very much in keeping with ending homelessness, and these modular units will be that final complement to someone’s full rehabilitation from experiencing homelessness all the way through to stabilising themselves in their own home, with the dignity of their own front door."
And John Evans, CEO of New Meaning Foundation, said: “In addition to providing a house for someone who’s experienced homelessness, which is already a pretty positive impact, this has helped us with our aim to provide people with training and employment. We’ve had 66 trainees in the last three years building 20 micro-homes, of whom 36 are now in work and 12 are working full time with New Meaning, and it’s the funding from Hopestead into this project that’s helped that happen."
Thank you to everyone who`s been involved in this project from the outset all the way to today`s ribbon-cutting ceremony. These homes will provide a safe place to call home for people coming from a route of homelessness, and that`s everything for us.