Many a sandwich and a cup of tea has been bought from one of their stores to give to rough sleepers but now Pret A Manger is offering more to help the homeless people of Britain – a home and a job.
The sandwich shop chain has teamed up with homelessness charity West London Mission St Luke’s (WLM) to set up The Pret House offering a spot on their Rising Stars programme as well as accommodation.
Pret’s Rising Stars programme, run by The Pret Foundation for a decade, gives 40 jobs at the firm to ex-homeless people every year – a crucial step in providing the stability to break the cycle of homelessness for good.
The London house will accommodate 13 people at a time, with advice also provided to help them transition into the private rental market, with Pret is aiming to help 20 people by the end of 2019.
It is far from the first time that the firm has delved into tackling the issue – they have been donating unsold food to homeless causes since opening their first shop in London in 1986.
“Helping the homeless has been part of our promise to our customers and the communities in which we operate,” said Clive Schlee, CEO of Pret.