Tabor House is Birmingham’s only permanent night shelter, offering shelter and support to people experiencing homelessness.
It provides safety, support, warmth, and encouragement to people without the very basics and necessities of life. At Tabor House, guests receive a warm welcome, respect and friendship. They find a bed for the night, a shower, food, and warm clothes.
As well as offering shelter, volunteers support guests to move into more permanent accommodation. Mentors work with guests to provide information and advice tailored to individual needs and strengths. This can include help to find training, manage debt, build employment skills and more – whatever individual guests need.
Tabor House accepts men and women, people with dogs, people who can claim benefits, people who have been sanctioned, and those with no recourse to public funds. It cannot accept people who are dependent on drugs or alcohol.
The shelter is managed by a small staff group with the support of a large team of volunteers. Some provide hospitality and welcome, meeting guests’ practical needs. Others volunteer as mentors, giving the one-to-one support to help guests move on.
There is an ongoing need for volunteers. If you can help as a Hospitality Volunteer, a Shift Leader or a Volunteer Mentor, contact Tabor House on 0121 647 5106.
Getting support from Tabor House
Please call Tabor House on 0121 647 5106 to discuss referrals – a member of the team will be happy to speak with you.
If you need help or are concerned about someone sleeping rough, call StreetLink on 0300 500 0914. If someone is ill or in immediate danger, call 999.
Background to Tabor House
Birmingham has seen a great increase in the number of rough sleepers. Figures suggest there are 200 people, possibly more, sleeping rough in the city. Until Tabor House opened there was no permanent night shelter. Emergency provision was only available for three months a year through the Churches’ Winter Night Shelter.
The shelter initially opened with six beds for a six-month pilot, before expanding to nine beds in 2018. These numbers were chosen through research and liaison with other night shelters and the Churches’ Winter Night Shelter, co-ordinated by Thrive Together.
Tabor House is a collaborative project between the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham, Father Hudson’s Care, Housing Justice, Irish in Birmingham, local philanthropists and business people, the Birmingham Rough Sleepers Team (Midland Heart) and local homelessness specialists. It is overseen by the iShelter Management Committee, which is made up of representatives from the key partner organisations.
To find out more about iShelter, visit www.ishelter.org.uk.