Having gone from eating our food to distributing it himself, Ron knows Rhythms of Life better than most people who pass through our doors.
Shortly after our charity was founded, Ron, who was sleeping rough at the time, came to our attention. Over several years, Ron forged a close relationship with the team at Rhythms of Life, and learnt I.T. and financial management skills from our classes as he rebuilt his life.
Ron now lives in a council flat in Hackney. As recently as last year, Ron was a regular volunteer who collected food from our partners and prepared it for distribution.
“My name is Stevie, I’m 59 years old, and people say I look like Fagin from Oliver Twist. I don’t know if you agree.
“What keeps me going is my dog, which I found in a terrible condition. I feel less lonely because of him. He is my only real friend.
“Yes, I am homeless. It’s really hard to live like a normal person. You get used to living in the street and sleeping on the ground. I used to live in different countries and places like France, Germany, and Sweden – I was fluent in French and German when I was younger.
“I never expected to live like this. I just want to settle down. I want a bed to sleep in, a shower to wash myself, my own room and some food.
“Rhythms of Life help feed me, but I’m still miserable. If someone can help me get out of this situation, I would be so grateful.”
“I first came across Rhythms of Life a year ago or so, I get meals here three times a week. Sometimes I get food from other charities too.
“I’ve been offered volunteering opportunities, but I prefer to look for paid work. I want to prove that I’m socially acceptable, and to improve my lot in society.
“It’s tough – I’m trying to find work as a driver, but I don’t get many hours at all. But, I won’t give up.