Libby Purves hears the stories of people helped by the 2008 Radio 4 Christmas Appeal.
Libby Purves finds out how the money raised by listeners for the 2008 BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal has been spent over the past 12 months.
For 82 years, listeners have supported this appeal for the work of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, who use the money to transform the lives of thousands of homeless and vulnerable people across the UK.
Homelessness strips you of everything: your home, your friends and family, your identity.
Libby Purves hears how people have been helped to regain their identity - sometimes literally being given a new copy of their birth certificate - thanks to the funds raised by the 2008 appeal.
She meets a teacher, a market trader and a builder, and hears from them how homelessness can happen to anyone.
You can give to this year's BBC Radio 4 Christmas Appeal by calling 0800 082 82 84.
Or by sending a cheque made payable to the St Martin-in-the-Fields Christmas Appeal to:
6 St Martin's Place, London,WC2N 4JJ.
(If you give your name and address they will be able to Giftaid your donation.)
Or you can give online at www.smitf.org/christmas.