Greenock Floating Support Service helps people at risk of losing their tenancy by offering support with addiction, budgeting and other issues.
The service has forged strong links with the local Salvation Army corps and the two have signed a covenant pledging to work together. Service users help at the café and get to know corps members. Lesley is an addiction support worker and member of the corps.
Service user Chris says The Salvation Army saved his life after he spiralled into despair and depression caused by alcohol.
He said: “I’m not exaggerating when I say that I wouldn’t be here without The Salvation Army. The support I received was the wakeup call I needed to sort my life out.
“Before then, alcohol was my crutch and I found myself in a number of dangerous and life-threatening situations. But The Salvation Army was there for me when I needed it and thanks to its compassionate support and practical help I am enjoying my life again.”
Another service user, Willie, said: “I was given the chance to work in the cafe at the corps and it gave me a lot of confidence facing other people. Before then I couldn’t really work with other people or get into group activities.
“I’ve come to rely on The Salvation Army. It is like my family because they are there for me day in day out.”