When Lee Forshaw entered the James Street project, he was at his lowest ebb.
Following a breakdown in his relationship with his wife, the 47-year-old found himself separated from his four children and attempted to take his own life.
By his own admission, he was at rock bottom. But the chance to move into Together Housing’s homeless single person’s unit changed all that.
Now he’s preparing to move nearer to his children, into his own home with a secure tenancy and life is certainly on the up.
It’s an astonishing turn around in just less than 12 months.
“I can’t believe how much I’ve changed in such a short space of time,” Lee said.
“When I came to James Street, I was as low as I could be. In the first couple of weeks I just closed myself away. I couldn’t see anything improving my life so I stayed away from everyone.
“But once I let the staff here, and people from other agencies, help me I started to get back on my feet.
“The support I’ve had has been second to none. Previously, I got passed from pillar to post and it just wasn’t helping me.
“But at James Street, the staff won’t let you give up. You get to know them and they are always there to help and I can’t thank them enough. They’ve literally saved my life.”
Lee has now embarked on a brand new chapter as he is moving to Shropshire to be close to his children.
And although it’s a huge step, it’s one he’s looking forward to.
He added: “If you’d have told me 12 months ago that I’d be moving on I wouldn’t have believed you.
“But thanks to the staff, they’ve given me the strength to help me get back on my feet. And my own willpower has allowed me to get to a position where I can be there for my children.
“I can’t thank the people at James Street enough for what they’ve done for me. I’m even helping the other residents with some of their issues and maybe that’s a role I can go into in the future.”
And he had a word of advice for anyone who enters James Street, worried about what lies ahead.
“James Street is like a bubble,” Lee said. “You feel protected and safe when you’re there and you’re able to get the help and support you need.
“The staff have given me hope and spurred me on. I was at rock bottom and they saved my life. If they’ve helped me, they can help anyone who comes through the door if they’re willing to play their part.”