About us

ABOUT US

 

OUR VALUESOUR PEOPLEPARTNERS

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OUR VALUES

People should be able to live in a place where they feel secure and safe, where their privacy is protected free from fear of intimidation or the fear of eviction.

People should have a good place to live regardless of their income, including entitlement to benefits.

People should be able to move on with their lives by better access to the job market.

People should respect where they live, and work on achieving good and supportive relationships with others in the same accommodation.

People should be able to move on from temporary accommodation into more permanent accommodation.

We value difference and inclusiveness. We will seek to provide equality of opportunity, and will take positive steps for those who are marginalized in access to housing and support.

OUR PEOPLE

The directors of Just Homes include:

Rev Bruce Stokes
Minister at Woodgrange Baptist Church, London E7.

Bruce Stokes is a Baptist minister with 37 years’ experience of pastoral work. He has been a trustee of Just Homes for over 10 years.  Formally President of the English Churches Housing Group before its merger with Riverside.  Spent 10 years chairing housing tribunals for the Southwark Arbitration Unit, for the most part dealing with tenants’ complaints.  Has has lived in Newham with his family for 13 years following 17½ years in Southwark.

Brother Vaughan
Brother of the Community of Francis and Clare

Since 2009, an Anglican Franciscan Friar (professed brother). Since 2014, volunteers with the Sisters of St. Margaret helping to organise and run a soup kitchen which includes the distribution of food and clothes mainly used by street homeless or hostel-based people. Since 2013, works and volunteers with Praxis Community Projects, a charity working for and with migrant communities.  Areas of work include immigration, housing and benefits.  Works a lot with single mums who have children but with no recourse to public finds, often cases involving domestic violence.  Works within the advice team and is also responsible for the client records management system within the organisation.

Eva Catherine Mary Price

With long experience in church pastoral work, Eva has training in benefits & debt advice and advocacy, basic and cross cultural counselling. She has an understanding of immigration issues relating to no recourse clients and a number of practical skills.  She worked as Support Manager for Just Homes Women’s Project for 11 years until 2017.  She was a founder member of the Alternatives Trust East London volunteer team, working with a similar client group to Just Homes women’s project as a trained adviser, and continues as one of their trustees.  She has overseas experience, having worked in Bangladesh for 7 years, speaks Bengali and has an understanding of Asian culture.  She continues to work part time as pastoral worker and Elder with her church in East London.

 

Matthew Porter

Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for the last 30 years.  Works as the Officer at Transform Newham, the Churches Together in our Borough.  Has lived, worked and worshipped in Newham for the last 28 years, and understands that responding to poverty in various ways is a part of his Faith.  He is also a trustee at NEW way Project, the local winter night shelter delivered with 17 different churches, and at Bonny Downs Community Association, an anchor charity in East Ham.

Christina Baby

Chief Executive

Christina has over 20 years’ experience of managing supported accommodation-based projects for the homeless and in managing social enterprises.  She has been instrumental in growing the charity from a single project with 9 bedrooms to now 60 bed spaces across 7 different premises.

Having completed a masters in physics, she now boasts of a semi accounting qualification and a Prince 2 practioner certification. A business Analyst holding a BCS certificate and also a Change Management Foundation and Practioner from APMG, Christina is an all rounder who has held this charity together for its best part.

Her faith and determination is what makes Just Homes Charity work. She has a dedicated team of staff who support her and make it possible to achieve the impossible.

Registered office

34 Norwich Road,

London E7 9JH

Registered charity number 1128311
Registered Company number 06777157

Annual accounts/Report of directors

PARTNERS

One of the significant features of Just Homes is the support provided for our clients to find employment and move on into more permanent accommodation. Our accommodation provision is in Newham but we work with, and accept referrals from, other boroughs. Just Homes (formerly known as the Christian Care Centre) has over forty years of experience in many of the issues that face those in housing need and has well developed referral links with other agencies.

We work closely with :-

First Fruit (FF)

A charity running social enterprises which provide work for unemployed people including recycling clothes, a snack bar in a local health centre and charity shop selling a variety of new and old gift items and clothes. Since its establishment in 1997 FF has, on average, supported 30 to 40 individuals a year into employment and independent living. More on First Fruit>>

Transform Newham (TN)
A charity in regular touch with up to 100 churches in Newham, crossing denominational and other boundaries. Transform Newham supports us by providing us with volunteers for our social enterprises and with our clothes recycling project. Transform Newham also supports up to 40 groups working cross-church into the community, from Saturday breakfasts for homeless people to projects that combat street violence among young people. More on Transform Newham>>

Alternatives A charity offering pregnancy crisis counselling and post-abortion counselling. It provides long-term support for mothers who choose to keep their babies, including by offering parenting classes. More on Alternatives>>

Praxis Its mission is to be with displaced communities, listening and acting through our common humanity to create and nurture reconciliation, human rights and social justice. More on Praxis

Housing Justice
A national voice of Christian action to prevent homelessness and bad housing. It offers training, advice and support for churches, community projects and individual Christians working to help people in housing need across the UK. It also campaigns for changes in legislation and improvements in housing conditions. More on Housing Justice

Crisis
This is a national organisation which provides support, education and training for single homeless people. More on Crisis

Business in the Community
This organisation provides two to four week unpaid work placements in retail and office work. More on Business in the Community

Workplace
This initiative is run by the London Borough of Newham to provide employment support to Newham residents. More on Workplace

Just Homes works with other agencies in the fields of asylum, refugee, social services and homelessness both locally and nationally.