Press Release 06.07.2017
July 7th, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Homeless charity Depaul welcomes new Dublin Lord Mayor Mícheál Mac Donncha to Sundial House
Thursday, 6th July 2017. Depaul CEO Kerry Anthony today welcomed Dublin’s new Lord Mayor, Ardmhéara Micheál Mac Donncha, to Sundial House, a service providing long term accommodation and support services to vulnerable homeless people.
The Lord Mayor was greeted by Ms Kerry Anthony as well as front line staff who highlighted the work that takes place in Sundial House. Located on James’ Street, Dublin 2, Sundial House is a low threshold service which was purpose built in September 2008 as a long term housing project providing homeless men, women, and couples struggling with complex support needs due to alcohol use with services and support. Accommodating 30 residents with ensuite rooms and daily meals, it is of the first in Dublin to provide housing to those who have experienced extended periods of street homelessness and have entrenched alcohol addiction.
Sundial House offers a holistic approach, including medical and social support, to each resident based on the principles of alcohol management, helping them to reduce the harm caused by alcohol addiction.
A representative from Túath Housing, the not-for-profit voluntary housing association was also in attendance at the tour of Sundial House.
Ardmhéara Mac Donncha said at Sundial House:
“I have received a really warm welcome here today from Depaul and from the residents in Sundial House, it was a pleasure to meet the people who work on the ground in homeless services. As the Ardmhéara of Dublin I am committed to tackling the housing crisis and homelessness in our capital city. It’s great to see a service like Sundial House providing accommodation and support to those whose issues often mean that the doors to other services are shut to them.”
Depaul CEO Kerry Anthony commented:
“We are delighted to welcome Lord Mayor Mac Donncha here to Sundial House today and to show him how Depaul services make a difference to people experiencing homelessness. Sundial House really exemplifies a central ethos of Depaul as an organisation, it meets people where they are in their lives, providing them with a safe and secure bed and offering the support that suits their unique needs without judgement.”
Notes to Editor
Depaul was established in 2002 and supports people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We manage 25 specialised services in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and provide accommodation and vital services to those most in need including: families, people with acute addictions, migrants, people with mental health issues and women leaving the criminal justice system. In 2016 alone, Depaul supported over 3,600 people. For further information, please visit: ie.depaulcharity.org