Sharing your house with asylum seekers
“If every Christian just welcomed one stranger into their home we’d end homelessness overnight.” (Dorothy Day, Catholic Worker Movement)
Maria Albrecht has only hazy memories of the first homeless person she and her husband, Scott, invited into their home to stay. But he was almost certainly an alcoholic, in his 50s or 60s, and he wouldn’t have had a shower in a long time. He slept on a camp bed in the couple’s sitting room: the family, with two small children at the time, were living in a two-bedroom semi.
That was about 20 years ago: since then, the Albrechts have welcomed approximately 300 homeless people into their home – some straight off the streets, others referred by the British Red Cross. “I know people think it sounds impossible, to just take in homeless people,” says Maria, “but the motivating factor for me is this: if I was sleeping on a park bench, I would hope someone would do this for me. So I do it for others.”
Lifted from A Pinch of Salt website without permission (www. apos-archive.blogspot.co.uk)
(Met Maria at LCW event on 25/5/13 and told her of the existence of this copy)