A vagrant woman turns up at the church last night. Long convoluted story about all that’s happened to her – the point being she wants money for a hotel and then when her giro’s cashed she’ll pay us back. Desperate situation. Rang several of the emergency shelter accommodation agencies – no beds available. Tried social services. Emergency social worker on duty very good. He tried a few things, made a few phone calls but no-one could help. Last resort as suggested by social services – put her into a taxi and send her to the nearest police station so that she can spend the night in the cells. At least she’ll be safe and warm. Really sad that’s all that could be done.


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