Peter McVerry Trust is a charity set up by Fr Peter McVerry to reduce homelessness and the harm caused by drug misuse and social disadvantage.
Fr Peter McVerry has been working with Dublin’s young homeless for more than 30 years. In 1974 Fr McVerry moved to Summerhill, in Dublin’s north inner-city, where he witnessed first hand the problems of homelessness and deprivation. In 1979, he opened a small hostel to provide accommodation for homeless boys between the ages of 12-16. Four years later, he founded The Arrupe Society, a charity to provide housing and support for young homeless people and response to the growing numbers experiencing homelessness in Dublin.
Peter McVerry Trust is committed to reducing homelessness, the harm caused by substance misuse and social disadvantage. Peter McVerry Trust provides low-threshold entry services, primarily to younger people and vulnerable adults with complex needs, and offers pathways out of homelessness based on the principles of the Housing First model.
It’s aims are:
* To target those most marginalised in society and offer a safe, challenging and supportive environment through our service provision.
* To treat participants with warmth and respect and actively encourage involvement in all aspects of their own support plan.
* To offer a comprehensive package of support that will provide the best opportunity possible for them and assist them in planning a pathway out of homelessness or drug use, or if they continue to use drugs, to assist them toward some level of stabilisation in order to live a life of dignity, with respect and opportunity.
* To assist each person to re-establish himself or herself in the community and their move towards greater independence.
Peter McVerry Trust can be contacted at:
Peter McVerry Trust,
29 Mountjoy Square,
T: +353 (0)1 823 0776