This morning we received a delightful email from Dumitru, who wanted to share his story of how his life was turned around after he started selling The Big Issue.
Simon, our Service Broker, remembers both Dumitru and his wife clearly and told us his part of the story. Below you can read Dumitru’s unedited account of his powerful journey.
It was a cold February morning when Dumitru and Lenuta came into the office and asked about selling the Big Issue magazine, I remember how desperate they were to be given a chance to get out of homelessness. We arranged an induction there and then.
We referred both of them to Bournemouth Street Services (homeless outreach team) to help them get housing support. With it being really cold out, the “SWEP” (severe weather emergency protocol) was in place so the street services team were able to get them into a B&B. The Big Issue Foundation team also helped them set up a bank account and they joined our saving scheme. Dumitru gained a job and accommodation provided for them both and he quickly stopped selling the magazine. Even after they stopped selling they still came into the office with coffee and tea for the vendors, one time bringing a small vase with a flower for the staff, which we still have as a reminder of the amazing people we are grateful to be able to help.
DUMITRU’S OWN WORDS
I recently saw a program on BBC about “The Big Issue foundation” and how the founder of the organisation was cornered by the lady interviewing him, so I decided to tell our story hoping that it will help in the future Mr. John Bird to answer the question “Why are you doing this?”
My name is Dumitru Burghelea and my wife’s Lenuta, we both from Romania.
Miraculously, first night, asking someone some directions, he said that is too late and we should get some sleep because after a good night sleep we will be wiser in our decisions, he then offered to pay for a B&B for us, no question asked.