CEO of Salisbury homeless charity celebrates 20 years of service

CEO of Salisbury homeless charity celebrates 20 years of service

Published by Jack Deery at 12:35pm 20th May 2020.

3 minute read

Andrew Lord, who is Chief Executive of Alabare, has been in the role for two decades now.

Andrew has seen a big growth for the charity since he took on the job 20 years ago, with them now supporting around 2,000 people every year. 

He joined Alabare from a Portsmouth housing and social care charity on May 15th 2000, with the initial goal of helping people within Salisbury and then moving on further across the region. 

Andrew Lord Alabare Ceo
Andrew Lord's been keeping up his work during the Covid-19 pandemic - pictured here with Neil Hunt from Alabare's Marketing Team, keeping to social distancing

On the anniversary of his 20 years in position, Andrew commented:

"It has been a privilege to work for Alabaré over the past 20 years alongside an amazing staff team who support the vulnerable and marginalised to transform their lives. To see our service users overcome such difficult barriers to live better lives gives me an enormous sense of pride. 

There have been numerous moments that I can reflect fondly on as well as a number of challenges, none more so than the current situation, however I never cease to be amazed by my colleague’s commitment and care to our service users. The current pandemic around COVID-19 has further highlighted the need of Alabaré’s services and I look forward to marking our 30th year anniversary in 2021."

The charity say they have met huge challenges they set for themselves over the 20 years, including opening dedicate Homes for Veterans in nine areas across the South West and Wales. 

Andrew says that there are many moments that he thinks are personal high points, but one in the city sticks out particularly: 

"For me I look back with pride on how we were able to redevelop the old Damascus House hostel in 2010 to what is now Alabaré Place, our charity’s largest service which provides a home to 41 homeless and vulnerable people in Salisbury."

Alabare are currently appealing for donations, after the Covid-19 crisis has mean they have been unable to do fundraising events as they had planned and you can find out more here - www.alabare.co.uk/donate.

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