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Stories for Reflection

A number of people have shared their stories of home and homelessness with us. We have changed their names to protect their identities. They come from different parts of the UK and from all walks of life. In this space you can read some of these stories. You might like to think about these experiences and reflect on them more deeply. You might also like to pray for them and you might like to make notes and ideas in your journal or blog.

You can also read more real-life stories at http://stories.shelter.org.uk/

Ben

Dev’s story

I was fine all through primary school, where I had friends and really nice teachers. When I got to secondary school it all kicked off. The school was huge and I felt overwhelmed and the teachers hated me. I stuck it for a year and then I decided if I didn’t get out my head would explode. I started cutting school and just hanging round shops and parks with some other people my age. Then my mum and dad found out and started on my case about going to school. My dad would make me get in the car and deliver me to the school gate, but I just walked on to the field and got out again. But now home was horrible. I got asked about school all the time, and then yelled at when I lied about where I’d been. My mum and dad said they understood, but they didn’t.

So I decided to just leave. I went and stayed with friends. I couldn’t go home because my parents would make me go back to school, so I slept on floors and sofas. I felt angry that no one was listening to me, but also scared and ashamed. Eventually I got worried that someone would tell the school or my parents where I was, so I went and slept rough for a few days. It was horrible. I felt lonely and frightened and I didn’t know what I was going to do. I really missed my parents and I wanted to go home, but I didn’t dare.

Eventually I got picked up by the police and taken home. My parents were so relieved to see me. They talked to the school. I’m hoping things might get better, but I’m not sure.

Continue: Rahena’s story
© CTBI and MTAG 2014

Navigating the pathways

From here, you can travel as a visitor through a number of pathways through the various cell-spaces finding out what it is like to be an inmate here.

You can mix and match your journey through the different spaces depending on what you would most like to explore, study or do.

Yellow Blue Green Pink

Welcome

  • What is a home?
  • What do you feel about homeless people?

Scripture passages with questions

  • Garden of Eden
  • Babylonian Captivity
  • Jesus has no home
  • Jesus’ mother at the Cross
  • Prodigal Son

Art/images on the theme for reflection with questions and exploration

Gift-giving and baggage dumping

  • Appreciating your home
  • Understanding homeless people better

Thought

  • Brief thoughts from different people about home and homelessness.
  • Questions for discussion

Prayers

For those who have lost their homes. With images for reflection

Research

Websites to explore on the theme of home; homelessness; refugees and asylum seekers

Diary/blog

  • What have you noted down for consideration?
  • Other bloggers; Comments from young people piloting the project

Theology

Theological reflection on home and heaven

Hymns and other music

Choose from Hymns; chants; psalms; classical music; contemporary music

Media

Video clips, TV episodes, Films, Books, Contemporary music

Footsteps of Jesus

  • How did issues of home and homelessness affect Jesus?
  • Matthew 2. 13-15 The Escape into Egypt
  • Luke 4. 16-30 The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth

Stories

Reflective stories
  • Manda’s story
  • Tanya’s story
  • Rebekah’s story
With questions for discussion

Reflections

Story telling
Real life stories
  • Dev’s story
  • Rahena’s story
  • Simon’s story
  • Ana’s story
  • Carl’s story

Recipe - suggestions for hospitality, trying new things

  • Megan’s story; the work of the Salvation Army
  • Making soup to share with others

Dispossession - how am I changing?

  • Going home....what will I leave behind?
  • What new things will I take home with me?
  • Info