Holy Spirit would provide whatever was necessary for their work, Mark Snell, director of Walsingham Community Homes can report remarkable progress since it was formed in April 1986. It now has two homes for the mentally handicapped in Watford and a third house has just been purchased in that area.
Walsingham Community Homes is an ecumenical charity whose aims are supported by the Anglican, Roman Catholic and Free Churches. Their aims, which are set in response to parents needs, are to run small, locally based Christian homes for people who are mentally handicapped. A further aim is to ensure that their residents are supported by the local Christian community.
All their homes are family sized for between four and six residents. They are usually in ordinary houses in ordinary streets.
All the residents of the homes come from the area in which the home is situated. This enables the residents to be in familiar surroundings and to be near their families and friends.
All the council members and staff are practising Christians who, by their example, are expected to live out their beliefs. Christian teaching tells us that God is present in all human beings, and that very much includes people who are mentally handicapped, and the staff therefore value all residents as people of God, equal in His eyes with all other people. Local Christian communities of all denominations are encouraged to support the residents of the homes, welcome them into the local community and include them in the normal spiritual and social life of their church. If you would like further details of this work for the mentally handicapped, write to Walsingham Community Houses, St Joseph's Centre, The Burroughs, Hendon, London NW4 4TY. Telephone 01-202 6789.