Do you have a spare room?
Could you consider becoming a Boaz host?
Boaz began life as a hosting organisation back in 2004, and since then we’ve offered over 280 hosting placements across Greater Manchester. In 2017, we hosted 19 men and women through our network of hosting volunteers.
“Boaz gave me somewhere to live and supported me. I was living with hosts who were really nice people, and welcomed me and helped me to feel at home in their house even though I was a stranger.”
Hosting is an essential part of what we do and who we are as an organisation. Hosting is a very practical way that we can offer welcome, hospitality, friendship and kindness to people who are seeking sanctuary here.
Update September 2017:
We are currently looking to recruit a small number of new hosts!
The main reason we have not been able to take on new hosts over the last 18 months or so is because we had so few spaces coming available in our shared houses, where people generally move to after being hosted. A second reason is that we provide more than just accommodation to our clients. Unfortunately we have had limited staff capacity (and funds) to provide the emotional, financial and practical support needed to the number of individuals we could potentially be hosting. We felt that by taking on more and more new hosts, we would raise host expectations unfairly, as we just aren’t able to offer enough hosting placements to keep up with the number of potential hosts.
However, with our new client support workers in post, and a number of long term hosts currently unavailable, we are now looking for potential new hosts who fit the following criteria:
- have a spare room currently available
- live within the M60, with easy access to bus routes
- are willing to host men or women
- are able to host for a month or longer (assuming the placement works out ok for both parties!)
- have no dogs
If you can answer yes to the above criteria, we’d love to hear from you!
To learn more about our hosting programme and how it works, please read our Boaz Trust Hosting FAQs 2017. If after reading this you have any additional questions or if you would like to take the next steps to explore hosting further, please email us on email@example.com
If you are from outside Manchester and would like to find about similar projects in your area, please visit www.naccom.org.uk, a national network of organisations providing accommodation for destitute asylum seekers and other migrants. In July 2017, NACCOM published a hosting toolkit using case studies from member organisations across the UK which makes a fantastic read for anyone interested in this type of work!
Thank you so much.