In the bustling streets of the inner city, Rudi Richardson is regarded as a Christian community hero by hundreds of homeless people.
Here is why...
Rudi is an ordinary Christian who is doing some extraordinary things for God. He is the founder of Streetlytes, a charity that shows God’s love in practical ways to the homeless and destitute.
Streetlytes provides food, clothes and hygiene packs to over 500 homeless people each month via drop-in day centres. You can see the amazing work Rudi and his team are doing in this short film.
Just a few years ago Rudi was homeless too. He was struggling with drugs and alcohol addictions. But, his life changed drastically when he stayed at a Salvation Army Men’s hostel in Berlin. There Rudi encountered Jesus through the unconditional love and compassion shown to him.
Having gone through a process of recovery Rudi decided to do something for homeless people in London. So, in 2006 he founded Streetlytes. He began to help homeless people in practical ways by offering them food and ‘a listening ear.’
Thanks to the past generosity of local churches and individuals like you, Church Urban Fund was one of the first funders to support Rudi's work. Soon, others joined in, local volunteers and former homeless people whose lives have been changed forever by Streetlytes.
Today, Streetlytes is a growing community of volunteers that is thriving under Rudi’s leadership. He is a passionate leader who understands the despair and apathy that homeless people experience.
But, Rudi’s job is not yet done. In these hard times, he needs our support more than ever to help more homeless people break free from poverty.
Will you join forces with Rudi today?
Your monthly gift of £5 or £10 to Church Urban Fund can enable Rudi and – and other Christian community heroes like him - to offer practical support to hundreds of homeless people.
We'll keep you informed about how your monthly gifts are being used, enable you to pray effectively and share real life stories of the people whose lives are being touched by your generosity and prayers.
Together, we can tackle poverty.