The Pret Foundation is to open a house for the homeless in partnership with West London Mission (WLM), at WLM St Luke’s.
It marks a decade of its Rising Stars Programme, which is dedicated to providing career opportunities to the ex-homeless.
The house will accommodate up to 13 people at the time, who will live there for six to 12 months before moving into a privately rented home. The ambition is to help at least 20 ex-homeless people off the streets by the end of the year.
Each resident will have their own private room and will receive advice from WLM on how to get a bank account, save for a deposit, as well as develop wider literacy and computer skills. They will also join the Rising Stars programme, working in Pret shops nearby.
Clive Schlee, CEO of Pret, commented: “Ever since Pret opened its first shop in London, helping the homeless has been part of our promise to our customers and the communities in which we operate. We set up the Pret Foundation with the singular purpose of breaking the cycle of homelessness, and to do that, we believe that people need three things: food, employment and shelter.
“The opening of the Pret House at WLM St Luke’s is the next evolution in our efforts to help the ex-homeless live their lives independently. It’s been a five-year project in the making, and we’re hoping it will have a meaningful impact on our Rising Stars and the wider community.”
Roger Clark, WLM’s interim CEO, added: “Launching the Pret House at WLM St Luke’s is an exciting new partnership between WLM and the Pret Foundation with our shared vision of ending homelessness. We really believe in the positive difference it will make for individuals and the community.”