Tabor House is where it all began – the first Tabor Living project to open in Birmingham.
In September 2017, Tabor House opened in Digbeth as Birmingham’s only permanent night shelter for people experiencing tough times on the streets. The ambition was never to be an emergency shelter, but an inclusive accommodation project that could help people into more independent living.
With a very small staff team and an army of dedicated volunteers, which has now grown to around 50 people, we have been able to help over 100 rough sleepers through interventions, signposting and support. Everything centres around our strength-based mentoring, which helps guests identify what they love and can do, rather than focusing on their problems or weaknesses.
Tabor House provides a safe and welcoming environment for guests, with three meals per day, showers, and laundry facilities all included. Some guests arrive with nothing but the clothes they’re wearing so we source everything they need, and support them as they re-build their self-esteem.
We accompany and support guests in areas such as identity documents or re-engaging with medical services and the Department for Work and Pensions. We also help establish connections with family and friends, if this is deemed part of their trauma recovery. We also help our guests find permanent accommodation and, more often than not, paid employment with a 75% success rate.
Originally, Tabor House welcomed 12 guests at any one time, with an open-plan living space and communal area for meals. Along with a fully-stocked kitchen and engaging activities hosted throughout the week. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Tabor House expanded its services and became a 24/7 project, and also saw the introduction of our glass pods. We can now have nine guests staying at Tabor House.