Our history

As one of the first organisations in the UK to provide residential recovery to homeless alcoholic men, our journey began in 1965, in the crypt of Christ Church Spitalfields in East London.

Our aim was simple: to always be available to help the numerous alcoholics from all walks of life, of any faith or none.

We provided tea, soup, sandwiches and clothing to the dozens of people who called at our door every day.

By offering residential accommodation in the Crypt  to men who were too sick to carry on drinking and living on the streets, they were given a chance to try an alcohol-free lifestyle.

Many people who sought our help were excluded from other services because of their challenging needs.

With basic facilities, we continued working from the windowless Crypt for the next 35 years. SCT provided accommodation and therapeutic programmes - a lifeline of support for homeless men.

In 2000, we moved out of the Crypt and into Acorn House on Shoreditch High Street, the site of our new residential recovery hostel

Today, 50 years on, we provide a wide range of services to help both men and women tackling addiction, homelessness or those facing social isolation. From our drop in service to our work on relapse prevention, we provide a complete pathway to recovery for people in East London.

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Read more about us in the fantastic local history blog, Spitalfieldslife.com 

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