Signposts chief executive Kevin Porter is a happy man.
He’s just celebrated 25 years with the charity that helps Luton’s homeless, his own 60th birthday and the fact that Arriva have recently named a bus after him.
“My dad always said that one day I’d get a proper job,” he beams. “And working with Signposts has filled my life with joy every step of the way.
“My ambition for this organisation is for it to become genuinely client-led. Our clients are our biggest asset and I want to unlock and develop their individual potential.
“You read so much about the negative side of homelessness, that people are victims and inadequate.
“We want to change that image, to show how strong and capable those who just happen to be homeless can be.”
He points to a poster of a young girl on the wall and says. “She was 16 when she came to us, a baby.
“But now she has a law degree. My heart swells with pride when I think of her achievements.”
Signposts accepts people from 16 - 65. When they arrive they’re assessed, analysed and an action plan put in place.
Mr P – as he’s affectionately known – says: “This isn’t a passive system. It’s a positive opportunity to contribute and we expect them to actively participate.
“I like the concept of community. Life can be unfair - and maybe we can help rebalance that.”
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