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We started life in 1991, as a temporary shelter, operating only for the winter months, based in a former school building on Leasowe Road, Wallasey. The service was set up by the Wallasey Council of Christian Churches with the aim of offering emergency accommodation for those who found themselves homeless. The aim of the service was simple: to offer shelter, food, friendship and a bed for the night, together with help in finding and keeping a permanent home.
The service moved to the former Arriva building on Laird Street, Birkenhead before a significant boost from the National Lottery Charities grant and local business contributions, meant that a new, purpose built facility could be built.
On September 20th 2001, the Ark moved into Mary Cole House, in Sandford Street, Birkenhead, where it has operated to the present day. The building was funded through National Lottery Charity funding and donations from local businesses and is named after a much-respected member of staff, Mary Cole, Secretary to the Ark. It was opened by HRH Princess Anne.
In 2013, further funding permitted the Ark to purchase a derelict public house, The Grand Trunk on Old Bidston Road, and this was converted into 6 studio flats. This facility offers accommodation for semi-independent living. The service also operates ArkAngel Supported Housing, offering several rental properties around the Birkenhead and Wallasey area.