Nsa first came to the Centre in December 2013. He was living on the streets after losing his business and being forced to sell his house. Less than 12 months later, Nsa now has a secure job and can afford to rent a flat.
Homelessness was not something that Nsa had ever considered. “I didn’t really understand what being homeless meant, it can happen to anybody overnight”. After explaining his situation, Nsa started to access employment and housing support. Richard in the Employment Team explored Nsa’s aspirations with him and put him forward for a placement with Land Securities. The placement includes bespoke training to the employer’s requirements, a period of work experience and a guaranteed interview at the end.
Despite spending the night on the street, Nsa impressed in his interview and was offered a place on the course. He really struggled at first as he was sleeping on night buses and not getting enough rest. He found it difficult to concentrate but persevered. The Centre helped secure some temporary accommodation and Nsa moved into a night shelter and finally got a decent meal and a good night’s rest
After completing the placement Nsa was offered a job as a general labourer, but quickly proved himself on site and was promoted to a traffic supervisor. The promotion has enabled Nsa to move out of the night shelter and he is now sharing a flat.
Nsa’s determination and perseverance combined with your generosity shows that lives can be turned around. Nsa still comes back to the In-work Club to talk through any problems he has and his story inspires and motivates others.