The Pret Foundation, which was set up by Pret A Manger’s founders in 1995, has announced the opening of a new home for homeless people, in partnership with West London Mission. For over 30 years, Pret has been supporting homeless people by giving away unsold food to shelters across the country, with over 3m items having been donated each year.
Last year marked the 10-year anniversary of the Rising Stars programme, dedicated to providing career opportunities to the ex-homeless. These initiatives are managed by the Pret Foundation, an internationally registered charity set up with the singular goal to break the cycle of homelessness.
The Pret House at WLM St. Luke’s is located in London, where almost a third of the UK’s rough sleepers live. It will accommodate up to 13 people at a time, who will live there for six to 12 months before moving into a privately rented home. The ambition is to help at least 20 ex-homeless people off the streets by the end of the year through this initiative.
Clive Schlee, CEO of Pret, said: “We set up the Pret Foundation with the singular purpose of breaking the cycle of homelessness, and to do that we believe that people need three things: food, employment and shelter. The opening of the Pret House at WLM St Luke’s is the next evolution in our efforts to help the ex-homeless live their lives independently.
“It’s been a five-year project in the making, and we’re hoping it will have a meaningful impact on our Rising Stars and the wider community.”