Valentin, a guest at Tabor House – a 24-hour accommodation project for rough sleepers in central Birmingham – has been creating a masterpiece commissioned by the Heart of Tamworth.
The six-foot long painting depicts Noah’s Ark and took only a week to create. With equipment provided, Valentin was able to paint whilst staying at Tabor House, watched by other guests, staff, and volunteers.
Fr Michael White, parish priest at St John the Baptist Church in Tamworth, collected the painting from Tabor House. He said, “We heard about Valentin and were delighted to be involved in helping with getting him back to his painting. He is very talented and now he has the equipment he needs to use his gifts. We are delighted that his work will be displayed in our community centre in Tamworth. It will be titled ‘A new Dawn, a new Day’ which seems a fitting title in the circumstances.”
Valentin came to Tabor House after rough sleeping in Birmingham following unemployment. He has set his own goal at Tabor House to work in the construction trade and is receiving support to achieve that ambition. However, he also wants to continue painting in his spare time.
Like many other guests at Tabor House, Valentin has been supported to develop and share his unique talents and skills to help him get back on his feet. Tabor House goes beyond offering a warm place to stay; using a strength-based mentoring programme guests are encouraged and supported to fulfil their ambitions.
Sharon Fear, Project Manager at Tabor House commented “Tabor house is always happy to support all the talents that our guests have. It has been wonderful to watch Valentin create such a wonderful piece of art.”