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May 23 2009
Volunteers with experience of addiction and homelessness reach out a hand to help others It has been a long road to recovery for Rudi Richardson. After 34 years of drug and alcohol addiction and a series of life events worthy of a film script, he is now inspiring and helping others on their own road to recovery through his foundation of Streetlytes. Born in Germany of mixed parentage, he was adopted at a young age, and moved to the States. From his teens, he fell into drug addiction and this continued sporadically throughout his life, causing him to have brushes with the law and homelessness and his eventual deportation back to Germany. Eventually, in London, Mr Richardson founded the charity Streetlytes to help others with similar experiences. Streetlytes is run by volunteer recovering addicts, who not only provide invaluable practical help, including soup runs, clothing and referral, but also have free workshops which tackle the issues of homelessness, drug addiction and alcoholism through shared experiences. The soup run (see The List) operates on the first and third Saturday of each month on the piazza at Westminster Cathedral, Victoria. Tea and coffee, sandwiches, fruit, yoghurt and pasta, as well as blankets and clothing, are provided to the vulnerable and homeless. Starting from 10th November, Streetlytes will be cooking and serving dinner on Mondays at Chelsea Methodist Church. Forthcoming workshops include a Q&A on "personal life stories", relapse prevention, and the "disease of addiction". To find out more, visit the website - www. streetlytes.org - that offers support and explains what they do. Plus Rudi shares his reasons for becoming involved in helping the homeless.
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