“At times we all face setbacks in life, it’s important to take strength in what can be learned from these setbacks and move forward in life wherever this takes you”
In December 2002 Depaul opened the Aungier Street service, a service for street drinkers and people with acute alcohol issues. Based on the principles of harm reduction Aungier Street Hostel was the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland. In 2008, the service was relocated to James Street, and is now called Orchid House.
Orchid House provides supported temporary accommodation for up to 23 men, women and couples with entrenched alcohol issues and complex needs. The service offers 24/7 support for residents, for up to a 6-month period though dedicated and individual keyworkers working with each person.
Keyworkers advocate for and support residents to ensure they can access all the services they require and receive the appropriate support around their alcohol management, physical and mental health, welfare entitlements, life-skills and budgeting.
Further specialist support is made available through the support of Sundial House, a neighbouring Depaul service, and by visiting GPs and other agencies.
Orchid House aims to offer a homely environment to service users, supporting them to address the root causes of their homelessness and helping them to identify appropriate long term supported move-on opportunities.