“Providing a warm and welcoming culture is at the centre of Depaul’s service provision and at no time is it more important than when welcoming small children into strange surroundings at a difficult and scary time in their lives”
Rendu Apartments became part of Depaul’s services in 2009, originally part of the Vincentian Housing Partnership and founded by The Daughters of Charity, the Vincentian Fathers and the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.
Rendu Apartments is a project for women and women with children who are homeless. This family service works to help families with complex needs who need some help for a short period of time to learn and develop the skills necessary to move on and live confidently in their own new home.
Rendu Apartments provides 19 self-contained apartments, is based in Dublin’s North Inner City and welcomes women and children who are on the path to living independently. Families are encouraged to cook their own meals and manage their own accommodation to develop their independent living skills, seeking help and support in the process from the project staff.
The service is staffed 24/7 and there are a number of communal areas where families can socialise together and take part in communal activities. All families are appointed a personal keyworker and together they develop a needs-based support plan for their stay. This plan covers areas such as parenting, child development, life skills, budgeting, alcohol harm reduction, detox access and physical/mental health support.
Staying at Rendu Apartments provides the time and space during which women and families can address the problems which led to them becoming homeless and work to prevent it happening again.