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Improving facilities for the homeless in Birmingham: Order of Malta a partner in exciting new project

The Order of Malta in Britain runs care homes for the elderly, soup kitchens for the homeless, lunch parties for the elderly lonely, pilgrimages with the disabled.
It now extends its projects by responding to the plight of homeless people in Birmingham, where many are in need of housing and food, but also of companionship. Recognising this, a new collaboration has been set up to give support, through its members and its auxiliary organisation, the Companions of the Order of Malta.

The new facility was opened last week by Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and attended by local authorities and senior members of the Order of Malta in Britain.

Charles Nicholson, deputy chair of the Companions: “We are delighted to be partners in the refurbishment of premises at St Catherine’s Church, Bristol Street, central Birmingham – an exciting development providing improved facilities for homeless people in Birmingham and we are honoured to be working together with Fr Hudson’s Care and Caritas AoB with whom we share a common purpose in our concern and care for those in need.”
Photo: Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street with the Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley at the opening

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