We set up The Hazel Project in the early spring 2015, as a small team of Christians wanting to help the homeless and vulnerable people on the streets of Southampton. We started with a team of two, but rapidly grew, and now there are about fifteen of us going out on the streets and praying behind the scenes too. We go out every Tuesday lunchtime and share food, drink and clothing. But our main aim is to befriend, listen to and support these hurt and lonely people whose lives are in such chaos, often driven by addictions to alcohol and drugs. We meet up and pray each month together and are in contact with the local police and the Southampton homeless prevention team who are run by Southampton City Council.
We believe that everybody should be able to have a safe place to sleep at night, and that our friends on the streets should be shown respect, care and love. We carry the message of Jesus' redemptive love, that total forgiveness is waiting for us through accepting Jesus as our Lord and saviour. Each one of us on the team have had our lives transformed by knowing our Heavenly father, and our prayer is that each and every person out on the streets should be able to know this too.
The people we meet are broken, often from abusive homes. They frequently know rejection as a way of life, and trust very few. Their lives are part of a street community which involves drugs, fights, alcohol and often early death through chaotic lifestyles. Yet they are God's children, and we are privileged to see them and share part of their lives with them each week. They can be generous and caring, and have such a huge potential in each and every one of them. They have skills, hidden now, but waiting to emerge.
You can help us by praying for our street friends, or if you feel that you would like to do more please contact us (contact details at the bottom of the Hazel Project Webpage) and we can talk through different ways you can support us.