But he says he now has incentive to remain drug free, including seeing his 19-year-old daughter.
Jamie has also helped with litter picks along Worcester’s canals and is keen to work alongside the Canal and River Trust which has already forged a close alliance with the creative group at St Paul’s.
Jamie said: “I’m grateful for St Paul’s Hostel because, if it wasn’t for them, I have no idea where my life would have led.
“If not for St Paul’s there would be another 40 people living on the streets of Worcester.”
He believes he could have died if not for the lifeline St Paul’s gave him.
Hostel chief executive Jonathan Sutton has been keen to dispel many of the myths and stereotypes around homelessness, to change people’s understanding and stress the complicated and varied reasons people can end up homeless.
He said: “Homeless people can want to give back to the community. They are part of the community. Jamie has shown immense courage. He really is the person he wants to be now.”
Jamie said: “The main thing is that the person wants to change. I’m nearly there but I have still got a bit of work to do.”