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Like so many people who become homeless, Paddy was just unlucky.

In the space of a year, his beloved nan died, he broke his leg, and then he lost his job. With nowhere to turn for support, Paddy became homeless. Left living on the streets, he became dependent on alcohol and heroin.

But then Paddy met Colette, one of our peer mentors. When Colette said it was possible to turn things around, Paddy believed her – because, like all our peer mentors, she had once been in the same position as him.

Colette told Paddy how similar their stories were and helped him realise that together, and with the right support, he could overcome his issues too.

How we helped

Colette was there every step of the way. She found Paddy temporary accommodation, and within three months helped get him into rehab. She encouraged Paddy, even when things got tough, and helped him gain confidence and unlock his aspirations.

Now Paddy has a home, a partner, a baby on the way, and he’s volunteering as a peer mentor too. He’s out there helping the next person who needs our support to get off the streets.

Our work isn’t just about getting people homes. It’s about empowering them to find a new path, paid work, a purpose, to give them choices – a future.

This is what your support means. Please, donate to Shelter Scotland and help us keep a good thing going.

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