Safety Signs Express Helps Homeless Man
Safety Signs Express is owned by Christians and each month 10% of profits from sales of safety signs are donated to all kinds of good causes but it is not always registered charities that we give to and we trust in God to present us with opportunities to help individual people who are in need. In October 2013 Paul* was one of these people. Here is his story. (posted 2nd December 2013)
After the stresses and strains of selling safety signs, we were walking through town one evening, looking for a nice pub to have one last drink, before heading off for a curry. On our travels we were stopped by a young man who looked afraid and was very emotional and he was asking for money to be able to secure accommodation for that night. Now normally, we would have just said ‘sorry’ and walked on, as it is illegal to beg on the streets of Nottingham but something made us stop. As Paul tried to communicate his story through emotion and nerves, we weren’t very clear as to what had happened but we could see he was genuine and that he wasn’t intoxicated, so we gave him the money he needed, out of the safety signs fund, to secure the accommodation. We also prayed with him and Garry gave him our GD Associates (Nottingham) Ltd business card so that he could keep in touch and let us know how things were going.
The next day we received a text from Paul and we were shocked to hear that unfortunately he still hadn’t been unable to secure the accommodation the night before, as he didn’t have any ID on him and therefore this warranted a further £30 deposit to secure things, that would be available in his room such as bedding, kettle etc. Having been turned away he had no option but to sleep on the street that night. We returned his text to arrange to pay the deposit by debit card over the phone, direct to the hostel but we did not receive a reply, so we assumed he had managed to raise the money a different way. Little did we know that as we snuggled into our nice warm bed that night, looking forward to waking up to selling more safety signs, Paul’s phone battery had died so he was unable to respond, and he spent a second night on the streets of Nottingham, bracing predicted storms that night of the worst Britain had seen since in many years.
How did Paul survive? Part 2 coming soon (*Name has been changed to protect identity) – Do you want to be a part of making a difference in someone’s life? Then purchase your safety signs from Safety Signs Express.