Teenage pregnancy. Addiction. Prison. Prostitution. Homelessness. Emma had to deal with it all alone.
When Emma found herself glad to be arrested, she knew she’d reached a pretty low point.
She told me how she was walking through customs with two kilograms of cocaine strapped to her legs when the officers put a hand on her shoulder – and she felt grateful. Maybe now, at last, something in her life could change.
Emma had a tough start, and ended up pregnant at 15. By 17 she had discovered crack, and fell into prostitution to fund her new habit. ‘Every day was the same,’ she says. ‘I’d get up, wash, and go look for crack.’
I work as part of a key team here that aims to help people like Emma find their way through the most complex challenges, and onto a better life that can really last.
It felt like a huge mountain to climb, but Emma was amazing, putting everything into preparing herself. I think she knew this was her one chance – and the alternative didn’t bear thinking about.
By the time Emma came out of prison, she had a safe home to go to – and six months later, thanks to our support with confidence-building, CVs and interviews, she’d found a job as a kitchen assistant. Today, reunited with her three daughters, she’s supporting her family, and has even started up her own business.
Please can you help others like Emma, by making a gift today?
‘If it wasn’t for Crisis, I don’t know where I would be now,’ Emma says. ‘Crisis definitely saved me.’
Coach, Unlock Your Potential Project
PS We want to raise £18.5 K with this online appeal, which is 10% of the total appeals target. Please make your donation today, and leave a personal message for Emma or Crisis if you wish.
|Christine||23/03/2012||£50.00||£12.50||I hope this helps|
|Julie||06/02/2012||£15.00||£0.00||My thoughts are with all the people who need your help, in the cold weather|
|Lisa||03/01/2012||£22.00||£5.50||This is a late donation from our Christmas Appeal – I hope it helps.|
|Tarnia||31/12/2011||£50.00||£12.50||I think you guys will spend this better than I.|
|Jacqueline||28/12/2011||£56.00||£14.00||This £56 was raised in our Christmas hamper raffle at Stoke Mandeville Ambulance Station. A Happy New Year to you all.|
|Christine||27/12/2011||£25.00||£6.25||This small gift is donated from small coins collected at our Mother and Toddler group just before Christmas|
|Diana||27/12/2011||£10.05||£2.51||A late donation given to us for our carolsinging which has now in total raised £169.00 for your very good cause!|
|Roger||25/12/2011||£75.00||£18.75||On behalf of myself and my wife Heather.|
|james||24/12/2011||£20.00||£5.00||hope this will help someone less fourtunate than me… merry chrissmass..james|
|Geraldine||24/12/2011||£100.00||£0.00||Thank goodness for the help you are giving.|
|Ros||23/12/2011||£100.00||£25.00||Money saved from xmas excess we certainly didn’t need|
|jeanette||23/12/2011||£10.00||£0.00||on behalf of my daughter-in-law, Luise from Mummy Jeanette x|
|Laura||23/12/2011||£20.00||£5.00||This gift is given on behalf of Rachel Haynes|
|Lynda||23/12/2011||£12.00||£3.00||our office decided not to give each other cards this year, but to put the money towards a donation to crisis.|
|Marcus||22/12/2011||£100.00||£25.00||Thank you for the great work you are doing changing peoples lives.|
|nitin||22/12/2011||£5.00||£1.25||Carry on all your good work. God bless you guys.|
|E||22/12/2011||£50.00||£12.50||Towards all your good work throughout the year|
|Paddy||22/12/2011||£50.00||£12.50||If possible I’d like my donation to help Crisis work in Scotland.|
|June||22/12/2011||£15.00||£3.75||Couldn’t find any evidence of Crisis or similar voluntary groups/organizations in Brentwood on line – please let me know if you are aware of any.|
|Anne||21/12/2011||£50.00||£0.00||The only real gift at Christmas is one like this.|
|Arthur||21/12/2011||£25.00||£6.25||In gratitude for our wellbeing.|
|John F H||21/12/2011||£50.00||£12.50||Is this line secure – there is no “padlock” sign?|
|Beatrice||21/12/2011||£60.00||£15.00||Christmas Collection from Cincom Systems|
|Valerie||21/12/2011||£100.00||£25.00||Initial donation from staff raffle at Plowden & Smith Ltd|
|Gillian||20/12/2011||£100.00||£25.00||Hoping 2012 will be a good year for you.|
|Sarah||20/12/2011||£50.00||£12.50||For my Aunty Angela, who always puts other people first and asked for her Xmas present to go to this charity- you are lovely!|
|Liz||20/12/2011||£70.00||£0.00||This is in place of an Xmas gift to my grown up cousin Taan.|
|Mary||20/12/2011||£50.00||£12.50||I hope to volunteer next year.God bless eveyone at Crisis you do fantastic work!|
|Tara||20/12/2011||£10.00||£0.00||I pray that this small gift will be multiplied a thousand fold|
|Raymond||19/12/2011||£10.00||£2.50||I pray that you will know God’s blessing in all you do in bringing hope to so many.|
|Wendy||19/12/2011||£10.00||£0.00||Nobody should face the horrors of homelessness. Thank you Crisis for all you do. I will be working with you some Christmas soon. (Not earning so no tax)|
|Carole||19/12/2011||£30.00||£7.50||For Elaine and Roger McGarva, Merry Christmas|
|Peter||19/12/2011||£100.00||£0.00||On behalf of BrandEnergy Research Ltd|
|steve and bernie||18/12/2011||£30.00||£7.50||hope this helps someone in crisis x|
|Andrew||18/12/2011||£30.00||£7.50||Good luck and good courage for 2012!|
|Peter||18/12/2011||£100.00||£25.00||Keep up the good work!|
|Suzanne Margaret||17/12/2011||£10.00||£2.50||Keep on doing what you (Crisis) are doing-you are amazing.May God bless you all with the gifts of Christmas. xx|
|Alison||17/12/2011||£27.87||£6.97||gift aid already set up see Mr MG and Mrs A Huxtable 1164189|
|Deborah S||17/12/2011||£25.00||£6.25||part of my heating allowance shared with other homeless charities|
|Dawn||16/12/2011||£25.00||£6.25||My son has requested this for his Christmas present. Happy Christmas Jonathan|
|Julia||16/12/2011||£46.36||£11.59||Raised by everyone at Alamy|
|JULIE||15/12/2011||£50.00||£12.50||In memory of Sister Mary John, an inspirational headteacher devoted to working with the homeless, who sadly died this year. I cannot possibly make the difference she did, but I hope this helps.|
|Nina||15/12/2011||£5.00||£0.00||Merry Christmas. Love & Light.|
|Jim||15/12/2011||£15.00||£3.75||A small contribution to those less fortunate than myself. God speed and good luck to those who benefit
|Rebecca||14/12/2011||£30.00||£7.50||Merry Christmas and good luck. xxx|
|JEAN||13/12/2011||£80.00||£20.00||From Matt – hope it helps|
|Babs||13/12/2011||£25.00||£6.25||Merry Christmas to all|
|malcolm and iris||12/12/2011||£100.00||£25.00||you can make better use of this fuel allowance than we could.|
|Elizabeth||12/12/2011||£200.00||£50.00||This is my fuel allowance which I don’t need and would like you to have.|
|jan||11/12/2011||£500.00||£125.00||hope this helps to make life better for others like emma and give them the help they need to get their lives on track.|
|Isobel||11/12/2011||£100.00||£25.00||Please use the money in any way in your wonderful work. Thank you for all the time, work and love you give to some of the most vulnerable people in society.|
|Iain||09/12/2011||£100.00||£25.00||We will have food and presents at Christmas witn our family and grandchildren. This is a token of sharing|
|Harold Kenneth||09/12/2011||£50.00||£12.50||This is one half of my senior’s heating allowance, which I don’t need; the other half is going to another charity I support|
|Wendy||08/12/2011||£50.00||£12.50||This gift is equivalent to the amount I would have spent on Christmas cards, and is given with my very best wishes and in the true spirit of Christmas.|
|claire||08/12/2011||£2.00||£0.00||In memory of Angie who just passed, she’d had a hard life. my you be free of pain & suffering my friend.|
|Maxine||08/12/2011||£15.00||£0.00||blessings this christmas xx|
|David||07/12/2011||£50.00||£12.50||I am happy to give and fortunate to be able to do so.|
|Cathy||07/12/2011||£50.00||£12.50||Wishing you happiness and hope this Christmas|
|Simon||06/12/2011||£25.00||£6.25||Happiness to you|
|Sara||05/12/2011||£200.00||£50.00||Glad to be able to help. God bless you and the great work you are doing.|
|Christopher||04/12/2011||£25.00||£0.00||You never know when ill fortune will come,we need to provide for everyone|
|Peter||04/12/2011||£40.00||£10.00||Wishing you a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year|
|Judith||04/12/2011||£20.00||£0.00||From the Breakfast Club|
|Edith||02/12/2011||£15.00||£3.75||Thinking of you at Christmas time x|
|David||22/11/2011||£25.00||£6.25||Emma you are brilliant|
|Jed||21/11/2011||£10.00||£0.00||well done I’m 8 i didn’t know what to do with my money, I wanted to help other people so I got my dad to help me give it to you – Akrina|
|Rebecca||19/11/2011||£20.00||£5.00||This appeal deserves more support, and I am happy to lend mine. Keep up the good work Crisis.|
|Brian||07/11/2011||£25.00||£6.25||In memory of our recently deceased beloved son David|
|Louise||28/10/2011||£20.00||£5.00||Good luck and God bless Emma|
|Val||24/10/2011||£20.00||£5.00||For Emma, its good to put a face to a donation. Thank you for telling me about Emma’s plight|
|John||22/10/2011||£50.00||£0.00||Given a more difficult start in life, we all might have ended up like Emma or worse.|
|Terry||21/10/2011||£30.00||£7.50||Best of luck to you and your daughters, Emma|
|Chris||18/10/2011||£10.00||£0.00||Love and best wishes to you,Emma!
|Laura||18/10/2011||£4.00||£0.00||Keep up the good work. Sorry – I think I probably don’t pay enough tax to cover gift aid.|
|Gillian||17/10/2011||£50.00||£12.50||May God give you strength and hope.|
|VICTOR||17/10/2011||£30.00||£0.00||GOD BE WITH EMMA.|
|Rachel||16/10/2011||£27.88||£0.00||May Emma have peace with the care of Crisis|
|Yvonne||16/10/2011||£10.00||£2.50||Keep it up – you’ll get there I know you will|
|Stephen||16/10/2011||£20.00||£5.00||God be with you Emma.|
|Carolyn||15/10/2011||£20.00||£5.00||To Emma and all the others Crisis helps well done and Good Luck in the future|
|Andrew||15/10/2011||£50.00||£12.50||Thank you Crisis for all the great work you do.|
|Mark||15/10/2011||£30.00||£7.50||Our prayers are with you Emma|
|David||15/10/2011||£25.00||£6.25||By the inch is a synch by the yard is hard…. Good luck David English|
|Sheena||14/10/2011||£15.00||£0.00||I know you wouldn’t ask if it was not necessary at the moment.|
|Julie||14/10/2011||£25.00||£6.25||Don’t usually respond to direct mail, but I am thankful that my own boys haven’t had such difficulties…|
|sharon||14/10/2011||£20.00||£5.00||Someone’s daughter, someone’s son, someone’s mum…|
|Michael||14/10/2011||£30.00||£7.50||Have a daughter called Emma|
|Chris||14/10/2011||£27.88||£6.97||A great message of hope|
|Karen||14/10/2011||£30.00||£7.50||Keep up the good work|
|Margaret||14/10/2011||£20.00||£5.00||Well done Emma!! I hope life continues to go well for you and your family|
|Julie||14/10/2011||£5.00||£1.25||Thank you for the wonderful work you do and best wishes to Emma and her Duaghters for the future.|
|Ailidh||14/10/2011||£40.00||£10.00||Good luck Emma, and thank you Crisis for your good work which I feel happy to donate towards.|
|Mark||14/10/2011||£10.00||£2.50||Great work. Keep going.|
|Natalie||14/10/2011||£25.00||£6.25||With best wishes to Emma for the future, and all other ‘Emmas’ out there.|
|Anon||14/10/2011||£10.00||£2.50||A brave DM – but well done! (A hospice fundriaser)|
|Gill||12/10/2011||£25.00||£0.00||Hang in there, Emma – I hope life is kinder to you in the future than it has been in the past. Gill|
|Francesca||08/10/2011||£25.00||£0.00||With all good wishes for the future, Emma.|
|Deborah||06/10/2011||£25.00||£6.25||Best wishes. Glad to be able to help.|
|g||04/10/2011||£15.00||£3.75||please don’t keep emailing me asking for more.|
|Tony||30/09/2011||£20.00||£5.00||Hope this helps a little|
|Ramute||30/09/2011||£30.00||£7.50||Thank You for the job You are doing.God bless You and people, like Emma!|
|Annie||29/09/2011||£20.00||£5.00||timely…I still haven’t got round to opening the letter you sent!|
|SUSAN||29/09/2011||£15.00||£3.75||Good luck, Emma. you have great courage. and thank you Crisis for the wonderful work you do.|
|Michael||29/09/2011||£25.00||£0.00||Please DO NOT publish our name as a donor|
|Gwendolyn||29/09/2011||£10.00||£0.00||Thank you for the wonderful work you do. Pray that more people like Emma can be helped to a new life.
I’m sorry I cannot give more, nor do I pay tax.
|EUNICE||29/09/2011||£50.00||£12.50||I am glad to help now – but please do not ask me again at Christmas. I’m a pensioner with limited means and like to support a number of charities, but to give more to one means less to another.|
|Patricia||29/09/2011||£10.00||£0.00||sorry I can’t donate more I am a pensioner and
only wish I had more money.I donate to 7 charities.
|derek||29/09/2011||£10.00||£2.50||well done; keep it up!|
|derek||29/09/2011||£10.00||£2.50||well done; keep it up!|
|LINDA||29/09/2011||£100.00||£25.00||I have a 20 year Emma myself and I hope that Crisis can help lots more ‘Emmas’ to escape the potential hardships that face many young people nowadays.|
|susie||29/09/2011||£25.00||£6.25||best wishes in your new life it took great courage|
|Timothy||29/09/2011||£50.00||£12.50||Go for it Emma!|
|Malcolm||29/09/2011||£10.00||£2.50||May God guide you in your vital work
|Albane||29/09/2011||£30.00||£7.50||well done. Keep at it, don’t give up.|
|Angela||29/09/2011||£25.00||£6.25||Emma is an inspiration…..|
|Sue||29/09/2011||£1.00||£0.25||Keep up the good work|
|Elaine||29/09/2011||£10.00||£2.50||a great cause – I wish you success with your fundraising.|
|Katy||29/09/2011||£20.00||£5.00||Well done Emma – and Crisis.|
|simon||29/09/2011||£25.00||£6.25||Hey sorry, your posted thing, arrived he week I was going in for an op in hospital. But good luck with it all- no one should have to live on the streets, in poverty, be abused ANYWHERE in this world of ours. Keep up the good work! We can make it better!|
|Louise||29/09/2011||£100.00||£25.00||Well done and good luck.|
|James||26/09/2011||£25.00||£6.25||From the Wilf.|
|Jane||21/09/2011||£45.00||£11.25||Thank you for your help.|
|Jane||21/09/2011||£0.00||£0.00||Thank you for helping.|
|Mark||19/09/2011||£1.00||£0.00||A wonderful cause and I full support what you do!!!|
|Adrian||17/09/2011||£200.00||£50.00||Received mail appeal|
The following is a replay from a goverment official & I thought i would pass it on.
Thank you for your recent email.
I do not believe that anyone should have to sleep rough in the 21st century. Clearly local authorities play a key role in helping to prevent people ending up on the streets in the first place. They are required to provide advice and assistance and I do not envisage further legislative change
However, I recognise that some ought to do more and I want to encourage all local authorities to raise their game. That is why I have made available an additional £70 million to tackle homelessness and prevent repossessions. This includes £18.5 million to help local authorities ensure single homeless people get access to good housing advice and a £20 million Homelessness Transition Fund to support the national roll-out of No Second Night Out. My officials are closely involved with Crisis on monitoring the £18.5 million funding to ensure that it provides real help to the single homeless.
This additional funding is on top of the existing £12.5 million provided to Crisis to help single people access private rented sector accommodation. This scheme has got off to a strong start and this year should help nearly 4,000 single people into a tenancy in the private rented sector.
In terms of aiming high on rough sleeping, I want all local authorities to adopt the No Second Night Out standard so no one new to the streets has to spend a second night. Indeed this is a commitment of my Ministerial Working Group on Homelessness supported by the £20 million Homelessness Transition Fund.
We have maintained funding for Homelessness Grant at 2010/11 levels with £400 million over the next 4 years. And Supporting People investment – at £6.5 billion over the Spending Review period – will protect the preventative services that help the most vulnerable live independently and retain their tenancies.
I am personally strongly committed to ending homelessness which is why I set up the Ministerial Working Group, having previously run the Homelessness Foundation whilst in opposition.
The Ministerial Working Group ensures that the rest of Government plays its part both in tackling homelessness. Our second report will set out how central Government will work with local authorities, local agencies and other partners to intervene earlier to prevent homelessness from occurring in the first place. It is expected to be published shortly.