When Jin became a civil servant, he thought he was starting an exciting new chapter in his life. Being homeless in an unfamiliar town was never part of the plan.
Jin had a troubled upbringing. The majority of his childhood was spent moving from country to country to live with different relatives. At just fourteen years of age, his father put him on a plane from America to the United Kingdom with no one waiting for him the other end. His luck changed when he found a new family through the UK foster care system.
Despite years of neglect, Jin was determined to make a fresh start and live the best life he could. After a few years of stability, he went on to have a successful career in The Royal Airforce Association and became a father for the first time. Although he was no longer romantically involved with the mother of his child, the pair sustained a strong co-parenting relationship for the sake of their son. At the point where everything seemed to be going well, his life turned upside down.
“My ex-partner decided to move to the other side of the country with our kid. At first, I commuted back and forth to see him as much as I could… but it wasn’t enough. He’s the only family I’ve got.”
Jin made the big decision to pack up his life and move closer to the child that meant everything to him. After months of spending his weekends on the motorways, he successfully transferred offices within the Royal Airforce Association and lived with his ex-partner whilst looking for new places to live.
In a time of constant change for Jin, he then changed his career path and became a civil servant. After weeks of searching for the perfect fit, he landed a job with the Animal and Plant Health Agency. Although this was fantastic news, Jin faced another big problem. His new office was too far from home to commute and he had no savings to find somewhere closer to live.
“That’s when things became really tough. I needed to move closer to my new job but I didn’t have any savings. I couldn’t afford a deposit for a new place. I had no choice but to sleep in my car near work.”
Jin had reached breaking point. To add to the complexity of the situation, his line manager quickly decided to make his new role permanent. Even though this was ultimately great for his career, he was still homeless and was now facing a month of no income as he made the transition from agency to a permanent member of staff.
“It was hard to find somewhere safe to park at night. I think I survived on an hour’s sleep each day because I felt so unsafe. Luckily, I had shower facilities at work, but I felt so tired all the time. It was an absolute nightmare.”
It was around this time that Jin discovered a leaflet about the Charity on his office noticeboard. He decided to give us a call to see if there was anything we could do to help. After a supportive conversation on the phone with our team, we were able to provide the financial support he so desperately needed. We also signposted him to other charities who would be able to provide further assistance.
“The Charity has had a huge impact on my life. Their financial support allowed me to find a place close to work and get my life back on track. I’ll be forever grateful.”
Jin is now settled into new accommodation, thriving at work and spending a lot of time with his son. When we got back in touch, he told us how he wants to give something back to his lifelong community so regularly recommends the Charity to colleagues in need of a helping hand.
“The Charity were so brilliant, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I hope my story encourages other people to come forward for help. I tell everyone about the Charity, I can’t thank them enough.”