"“We encountered an 18 year old homeless man and Loaves and Fishes signposted us in the right direction. The young man has since become more stable and has employment. I met a man who in another world would be lonely but he finds purpose and activity by helping Loaves N Fishes.”"
"“Loaves N Fishes are a source of love and friendship to people who need help in their moment of greatest need. Everyone I know admires their work, both their responsiveness to need and the way they go about it, freely giving and caring. We have learnt and can learn a lot more from Loaves N Fishes in the council.”"
"“Loaves N Fishes are proving to be invaluable to Hope into Action: Black Country. We get investors to purchase houses which we partner with a local church and then tenant with vulnerable adults. Loaves N Fishes are currently assisting one of our partner churches with furnishing a house that they are opening in the next few weeks for people who are either currently homeless or at risk of homelessness."
Hope into Action: Black Country
"“Having worked with the homeless / insecurely housed for a number of years in various towns around the UK, I know that setting up your home from being homeless and vulnerably housed is a very complicated and expensive business. To have a charity who can provide all that for free or low cost to help the individual live a decent life in their own accommodation is an invaluable resource and is almost unheard of … and this is what LnF provide. They also mentor and help the unemployed helping them to be ready for work … this is all provided in an organisation with a Christian ethos to those of all faiths and none. “My family has been personally helped by LnF and it was such a great help and a blessing when we were in times of most need. Thank you!!”"
The Way UK
"“I have experience of working with L&F and the benefits and impact they have, both in my role at Black Country Housing Group and with my involvement on the board at Gatis Street Community Project in Wolverhampton. “For the Gatis project, Loaves N Fishes provided furniture to enable us to open a community cafe that will provide affordable healthy meals to vulnerable people and families in the community and health and wellbeing activities. We launch the daily cafe this summer and from one-off events have already reached 45 people to engage them in the cafe with food and purposeful activities that address social exclusion. Without the furniture from L&F, we couldn’t have done this. “At BCHG we know they have helped some of our vulnerable homeless customers set up home and settle them in their tenancy with furniture essentials and other items. The first 3-months of a tenancy is crucial for people exiting homelessness and without the right support, it would be easy to set people up to fail but L&F interventions both practical and otherwise, ensure the best start for that tenancy and the individual trying to start a new life in a new home. “I have found them to be always helpful, always friendly, always trying to find a solution and they contribute a positive and committed presence on the Blackheath High Street.” "
"“We are a charity working with new and emerging communities, throughout Birmingham. We decided to open a small charity shop in Birmingham but we did not have any items whatsoever. By coincidence we were introduced to L&F, who made it possible for us to not only open our shop, but also to bless many very vulnerable people from all local areas, from all backgrounds, religions and cultures. “I have lived in this country for 20 years and I have never seen a more inspirational, committed, and ready to serve selfless group! The way everything is run is amazing – the charity foundations are strength of love and compassion and each time I happen to mention L&F to very poor and struggling people on the area, it’s rather rare for them to not have received some help from them! “Due to the language barrier, many often say: Yea, got help from that charity ‘Fishes & Something’, and the moment we say the full correct name they smile and show how grateful they are to them. “Well done to you all and keep on going. A big thank you for your continued support and God Bless you all!!!”"
Director, Freedom 2 Stay
"“I have worked with Loaves for almost four years now and have seen them grow and develop into an organisation that makes a real difference to the lives of so many people throughout the Black Country. “They support local people in a non-judgmental way, focusing on the individual, working to improve lives. There are very few charities I work with who can genuinely demonstrate the difference they make, Loaves is one of these charities!!”"
"We have worked with Loaves N Fishes for well over five years and have found their support invaluable. Working ourselves with the homeless, vulnerable and those in crisis there have been many occasions when we have had the need to contact Anna and her team for assistance. Loaves have supplied furniture clothing and shelter! “They have an amazing reputation within the wider community, well-earned after providing quality, caring compassion for so many years. They are inspirational and admirable. Love you guys!”"
Pastor David R Marsh
Centre Point Church