“King’s Arms Project has taken me from a place where I felt like there was no hope, to a place where all I can see is opportunity.”
Two years ago, Marcellus was homeless. Now, he works for the King’s Arms Project Pathways to Employment team bringing community and opportunity to people who are in the same situation he was in not that long ago.
“King’s Arms Move-On Housing helped me, then Pathways to Employment created a community for me. I’m part of the Project now, and guys are looking at me and seeing a model of what could happen for them. A lot of them are saying they want to volunteer for Project. More money raised will help more do that.”
To help raise that money and open up opportunities for homeless men and women in Bedford, Marcellus has created a fundraising event he calls the Share the Load Challenge. On 17th October, Marcellus will hike Skiddaw mountain in the Lake District carrying a backpack full of his belongings.
Marcellus explained that when he had to leave his home, he fit everything he could carry into a backpack. But the longer he was on the streets, the more things he would lose. As he hikes Skiddaw, he’ll remove things from the backpack and pass them to members of his support team – so they can Share the Load.
“When I became homeless, I felt really isolated, but King’s Arms Project showed me I’m not alone. I want to show other guys that they’re not alone, either.”
“Raising this money will go back into the community to bring people like me back from homelessness, having a community, having work and then giving back.”
To donate to Marcellus’s fundraiser and help Share the Load of homelessness, visit the Share the Load Challenge fundraising page.