Here are some of the lives that have been set free and restored by the work of City Hearts.
Robert always wanted a better life. He saw an advert in the paper for a job in the UK at a car-wash, and so Robert and his family travelled to England to start their new lives.
However, all did not go according to plan. He had been promised somewhere to live, and a well paid job, but instead his boss applied for benefits on Robert’s behalf, claimed all the money, and never paid Robert for his work.
Robert’s wife was pregnant with twins, but it wasn’t until at 38 weeks the traffickers let them seek medical attention. It was there that the family’s story was uncovered. The family was rescued and brought to City Hearts Safe House. The twins arrived just one week after.
Robert joined the City Hearts Integration Support Programme, there his shattered confidence was rebuilt. He was successful in getting a job and is now employed full time. Robert is excited for his family’s future and has a purpose in life once again.
At 28 years old and weighing just under four stone Jess had exhausted every service that the NHS could offer. Since a teenager Jess had su ered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
She had spent most of her teenage and adolescent years in and out of hospital, leaving with unanswered questions and every time closer to death’s door. Jess decided to apply for City Hearts as her last resort, something needed to change.
“I was met with hope, they saw me as a person, not an illness. It wasn’t easy, but it was so worth it. After years of living in a hopeless situation, going round in a cycle that was killing me, I found freedom, fun and love. I look forward to each new day, and whatever is coming round the corner.”
Jess graduated the Restore programme 5 years ago and is now a highly valued member of our staff team.
“I love working for City Hearts, I love seeing people with no hope, and hope again”.
An orphan at ten years old Aaminah found herself on the streets of India. Kidnapped and tra cked to the UK, little Aaminah was kept as a servant, cleaning, cooking and meeting her masters every demand.
For 8 years she was held in captivity with no bed to sleep in and very little to eat and drink.
“I never thought the day would come that I would get out, I felt like the only way out was to die. I had been held in what was my prison.”
At 18, Aaminah came to City Hearts Safe House after being rescued.
“At City Hearts they cared and they looked after me. I had no one in my life, no one to call family. I didn’t know people could help, I didn’t know people cared, I didn’t know laughter before. At City Hearts I experienced joy, family and friends”.