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Good Shepherd Mission to the Homeless

The Good Shepherd Mission to the Homeless (GSMH) was launched in 1990 by Sister Joan O’Donoghue,  who was part of a small convent of nuns living in Montacute Road, New Addington and attached to the Good Shepherd RC Church on the estate (hence the name of the homeless project).  She was awarded the MBE for her work with the homeless and the community in New Addington.  Sadly, Sister Joan died in 2010.  However, the homeless project still continues to flourish and this is a lasting legacy to her tremendous compassion and dedication to the plight of the homeless.  The project is now a truly ecumenical venture and funded entirely by local donations. 

Volunteers from St Francis and St Mary of Nazareth, West Wickham are members of the team taking food and clothing to the homeless gathered at Lincoln's Inn Fields and Waterloo.  Every Thursday night the volunteers take a range of sandwiches (cheese, egg, spam and jam), a large urn of tea with flasks of hot water to top it up and several flasks of steaming hot soup to the homeless   In the summer months there are cold drinks as well.  Invariably, someone will make a tray of bread pudding and there is usually a supply of buns and KitKat bars.  Men’s clothing is always needed by the homeless and the minibus is often loaded with shoes, trousers, jackets and other items of clothing to be given away along with toiletries such as soap, toothpaste, shampoo and disposable razors.