Michael House is more than just a homeless hostel; it’s a home and our mission has always been to help anyone who is vulnerable. We are a dry house (drug and alcohol-free environment) offering supported accommodation to both male and female residents.
• To provide emergency and longer-term accommodation to homeless people and provide related day services.
• To provide encouragement, advice and support to our clients in an environment which enables them to gain a greater sense of self-worth and to move towards a more independent life.
• To work in co-operation and a collaborative way with the relevant statutory agencies and with other voluntary organisations.
Broken lives as a result of homelessness has been a major problem in the Bournemouth area over the last twenty years.
Need is demonstrated by the fact that we always operate to full capacity. Official Rough Sleeper Counts, which tend to minimise the situation, are consistently in double figures. Soup kitchens, with which three of our directors have considerable experience, have been crowded throughout this period.
By providing respect, care and support to all residents, we aim to restore self-esteem, assist with life skills, access further education where necessary, facilitate training for employment to enable individuals to rebuild their own lives and reintegrate back into the community.
Michael House is a place where our residents feel “safe, warm and inspired”.