Jacob was 19 when he left home. Out of touch with his mother, and with an abusive father, he knew he had to get away. For a while he slept in a friend’s car, but when he lost his job and the money ran out, the streets were the only place left.
Out on the streets in the winter weather, Jacob struggled to find safety and shelter. “It’s pretty hard to find somewhere with four walls and a roof, so you don’t get wet," he remembers. “So I just ended up sleeping on stairs.”
After a few weeks, Jacob was feeling desperate — but then he heard about Crisis. At Crisis at Christmas he got a bed, good food and company, and lots of encouragement and support. “When someone walks past, they smile, say hi. They’re so nice! Outside no one really notices you.”
“If Crisis wasn’t open, everyone here would have nowhere to go.”
Now Jacob has big plans for a brighter future. “When I get back on my feet, I’m thinking of joining the RAF or college. We’re looking into somewhere to stay tomorrow . . .”