On 18 March 2021, Tabor Cottage, the new move-on project from Tabor House, was blessed by Monsignor Tim Menezes, Dean of St Chads Cathedral.
The Cottage is a new move on house for guests from Tabor House which is run by Father Hudson’s Care and provides accommodation and support to rough sleepers in Birmingham. The three-bedroom Cottage is a stepping stone for an individual to begin move their lives forward. During their stay of three-four months they will be supported with securing employment and a longer-term tenancy.
The blessing was led by Mgr Tim with a reading from St Anne’s Parish Priest Fr Robert Murphy. The prayer for those who are destitute was read by St Anne’s Deputy Head Fiona Lane and the prayer for the homeless, was read by Jo Watters Head of Community Projects for FHC. Both prayers were taken from Caritas Archdiocese of Birmingham prayer book.
Unlike previous blessings of Father Hudson’s Care community and accommodation projects, due to Covid it was attended by a small group for social distancing and took place outside. Those attending included Tabor House Manager Sharon Fear, Tabor House Outreach Worker Derek Clark, St Anne’s Primary School Caretaker Rob Swain and Tabor House Volunteer Chris Wieczorek.
Chris was the winner of the competition to name the new move-on house, with Tabor Cottage. He explained he chose this name due to the warm and cosy atmosphere of the house. Mgr Tim presented him with a box of chocolates.
The Cottage has been funded and supported by the Edward and Dorothy Cadbury Trust, Friel’s Homes, Lambe Construction and Let’s Feed Brum.
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