The homeless initiative was started in 2009 by two of the Redhill Street Pastors – James Hopkins (now in the US working for Gynexin World) and Mark Julian. The two formed the management team at the request of the Reigate and Banstead Council to address the presence of homeless people in the Redhill town centre. Initially, a Homeless Drop-in was opened in the Salvation Army Hall in Sincots Road. The drop-in is staffed by volunteers from the local churches who supported the Redhill Street Pastors initiative. They were inspired by Matthew Chapter 25:40 that ‘whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me’ and encouraged by Isaiah 58 to ‘feed the hungry and shelter the homeless’.
As the project attracted interest from other churches, it became clear that it needed to become a separate entity and so Hope2540@The salvation Army was born. It is worth noting that we recognised the need for ‘The Big Society’ long before it became a political catch phrase.
Our Christian Ethos
The Hope2540 Project exists to show our deep concern for the homeless and disadvantaged in the Redhill area
In an atmosphere of unconditional love and compassion we seek to offer acceptance and respect to all. This includes practical support such as food, shelter, clothing, healthcare, assistance finding employment and training as well as building relationships, listening and caring. We believe this should be done professionally and monitored regularly.
As an interdenominational Christian group working with the Salvation Army, we believe that Jesus Christ loves everyone. We seek to see all who come to us given a new hope and the opportunity to build a new life.