Makeover for London homeless centre

After 50 years of serving the homeless, London City Mission's Webber Street day centre has been given a new lease of life.

A five-week refurbishment was carried out to improve the building at the cost of £100,000.

Improvements include an extension of the male toilets, a new servery, the addition of female and disabled bathrooms, freshly painted walls, new radiators, and improved lighting and flooring.

The upgrade coincides with Webber Street's 50th anniversary celebrations.

Duncan Cuthill, Ministry Director for Webber Street said: "The goal of the project was to improve the building so that staff can offer a better service to guests.

"We pray that all these practical improvements will be of great benefit as we seek to bring hope to homeless people."

Webber Street provides homeless men and women with a refuge from life on the streets and a place where they can experience God's love through the patient care of dedicated staff.

In 2012, Webber Street gave out 13.928 breakfasts, helped 512 guests to be seen by a nurse, and ran a weekly Bible study attended by 248 guests over the year.

"One guest who has been using Webber Street for years was very positive regarding the refurbishment and said that the new toilets were a dramatic improvement on the previous ones" said Cuthill.