Dorothee and Cordelia

Dorothee helped in by The Connection Street Outreach team with Cordelia, Deputy Manager of Employment, Training and Education

“She’s so kind, she’s patient, she takes all her time to explain something to you. She doesn’t push you. Thank God we have her. She’s very sweet. Thank you Cordelia!”

Despite searching for a full time, permanent job, Dorothee could only find temporary work, leaving her without the regular income needed to pay for accommodation. And though she had been living with her sister, this became strained, so she left and stayed on a friend’s sofa, then moved on and slept in a garage, until eventually she found herself on the streets.
‘‘I missed the roof over my head. I just need to have a roof over my head, no matter where it is. Because without a roof you are nothing… You feel so lost.”
Sleeping rough was a frightening and demeaning experience. During this time, Dorothee endured violent assaults and would rarely be able to sleep at night as there were so many potential dangers. It wasn’t long before her mental health deteriorated:
“To tell you the truth I was scared of everybody. I didn’t know who to trust anymore.”

Thankfully, Dorothee has found that she can trust people again. Since she first walked into The Connection, she has made many friends, including support worker Cordelia, who helped Dorothee enrol on a health and social care course.
“She’s so kind, she’s patient, she takes all her time to explain something to you. She doesn’t push you. Thank God we have her. She’s very sweet. Thank you Cordelia!”

Today Dorothee is a familiar face at The Connection, as she volunteers three times a week – helping to set up the night centre and supporting guests to access the in-house NHS medical centre, which she manages alongside her studies.