Today, I spent the morning with Keith, a remarkable man, part of a remarkable team, doing remarkable work with some of the most vulnerable young people in our community. Keith lives and works at Mill Grove, South Woodford, on the outskirts of London. On November 20th 1899, Herbert White asked Rosa Hutchin to provide a home for a little girl, Rosie, who was grieving and destitute because her mother had just died. It was a spontaneous expression of their Christian commitment and love. And so it began. Keith, grandson of Herbert, runs the home and associated centres which form a unique extended family and residential community. It is still a place of love and care where children and young people who cannot live with their own families are cared for, and where families who need accommodation and support can stay.
Over 1,000 children have lived there for all or part of their childhood and hundreds more, though continuing to live with their own families, have found it to be a place of acceptance, encouragement and nurture.
A great story!