three cooks were busy preparing lunch for the usual Thursday
drop-in session when we were advised of a surprise visit.
delightful it was to find that it was Clare, a former guest,
together with her son Sam!
made coffee, and Sam cheerfully accepted a biscuit.
was anxious to give us an update on how her life had moved
on since we had welcomed her as a regular guest when, having
been forced to leave home as a consequence of her unacceptable
lifestyle, she had lived rough on the streets of Chippenham…..though
from her impeccable appearance, one would never have guessed
Clare’s pregnancy was something she had to deal with
alone, with Doorway’s support, as she did not envisage
a satisfactory future with her baby’s father. She was
given accommodation, and Doorway staff and volunteers sourced
furnishings and baby essentials. A reconciliation with her
Mum enhanced the latter stages of the pregnancy, and she was
consequently in good spirits and in good health by the time
of the birth. Sam was born and proud Clare proved to be a
natural at mothering him from the start.
years on, Clare is in a confident relationship with an older
man, has a set of “the right sort of friends”
and is studying to be a Beauty Therapist at the local College.
Sam is minded at Nursery and by his Gran, and is a bright,
happy and communicative 2 year old. Clare and her Mum are
now the closest of friends…”more like sisters”
celebrate another “positive outcome” for the Doorway
Project as we watch the evolution of a brighter future for
Clare and her son.