HISTORY OF WINTERCOMFORT
Wintercomfort was set up by Henry Rothschild and a number of locally based people. They were made increasingly aware of the growing problems of homelessness within Cambridge. In 1990 Wintercomfort was distributing food, blankets and sleeping bags from an old bus known as the ‘blue bus’.
In 1991 the volunteers opened a temporary winter night shelter in local churches, which also provided showers, laundry facilities and cooked breakfasts for the homeless community.
Wintercomfort became a registered charity in 1991 which enabled us to raise grants to hire staff . In 1994 Wintercomfort acquired its own premises Overstream House which has been our permanent home ever since. The building is centrally located which is of vital importance for our service users.
"Do not categorise me as ‘homeless’. I am a son, a father of two, I am a friend and a man who can make things happen. I just happen to be without a home now. I just happen to have taken a few wrong turns. The path I am on is not where I want to be but I am hoping it leads to a better destination. I am optimistic." Lee, Former service user.