- 10 Years of Depaul in Northern Ireland
10 Years of Depaul in Northern Ireland
In 2015, Depaul celebrated 10 years of service to homeless people in Northern Ireland.
In September 2005 Depaul opened Stella Maris in Belfast, the first service of its kind in Northern Ireland, a specialised service offering a safe secure home for vulnerable men, women and couples who very often slept rough because of their alcohol dependency.
Depaul now offers a number of services across Northern Ireland including residential services for single people, couples and vulnerable families, a Day Centre, Floating Support services and Housing First services.
We celebrated a decade of working with homeless people in Northern Ireland at a reception held in Stormont on 9th November 2015 hosted by Fearghal McKinney, South Belfast MLA.
Our CEO, Kerry Anthony spoke at the reception about the work over the past 10 years
"The story of Depaul in Northern Ireland began in 2005 when the need for a service to support people with complex needs was identified. Since then, the journey we have been on is one that has come from 10 years of adapting to those ever-changing needs. Having started as a small organisation in 2002 with one service in Dublin, Depaul has grown to be a large cross-border organisation, and in 2015 we have supported over 14,000 people both in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Depaul responds to need, and remains completely committed to helping homeless people who need our support the most. We have learned a lot in 10 years in Northern Ireland and will continue to do so from the people we are here to serve, as well as our partners. It's in commemoration that we look back on the last 10 years in Northern Ireland and celebrate the service users, staff, volunteers, supporters and partners who are the story of Depaul."
We put together this video to celebrate the work of Depaul over the past 10 years.