An anonymous business owner helped vulnerable people 22 January 2009 – A family of homeless Polish migrant workers has been given bed and breakfast, after they have been sheltering at the YMCA with their children for more than a month.
The anonymous business owner responded to a newspaper article which highlighted the plight of Tomasz Danowski and Teresa Gadrus.
Migrant worker co-ordinators feared the young couple would be repatriated to Poland after losing their farm labour jobs and the accommodation that was provided with the job.
Kat Anderson, a migrant worker co-ordinator for Stonham Housing Association, based at Redruth, has been working closely with the couple to help them find a suitable home.
She said: "Tomasz said the family is delighted about finding their own place and he’s quite overwhelmed by the goodwill that has been shown to himself and his family by British people.”
She added that Tomasz is now working at another farm labour job in West Penwith and the family feel confident their future in Cornwall is secure. The couple’s two daughters, aged eight and 10, will be enrolled into a new school as soon as the couple settle into their new home.
She said: "I can’t tell you what a relief it is for me to see that this family is going to be OK. They were very scared and didn’t know what to do when I met them but now it seems all will be well."
The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA), set up to curb the exploitation of workers, has reported a steep rise in the number of migrant workers being laid off by farm labour supply companies struggling with the downturn in the economy.
Ms Anderson added that she is dealing with other migrant workers who are facing the same desperate situation as Tomasz and Teresa.