Peter McVerry has dedicated most of his life to helping young homeless people. As far back as 1974 he opened a youth club in Summerhill and in 1979 he set up his first hostel in Ballymun for homeless children. This year, Peter McVerry Trust marks its 30th anniversary having been formally registered in 1983 by Fr Peter McVerry. The charity has grown significantly over that period and now provides a wide range of services and supports to vulnerable young people.
The original three-bedroom flat set up in 1979 for homeless children has grown significantly into an organisation which provides three drug-treatment services, three under 18 residential facilities, a range of supported temporary accommodation, a drop-in centre, which Fr McVerry runs, as well as 90 apartments throughout the city.
Our services respond to the complex needs of homeless people and are shaped by the vision and values of Fr McVerry. This crucial support has helped thousands of young people to move towards an independent and more positive future.
Peter McVerry Trust’s ‘Opening Doors’ appeal is a new initiative which hopes to increase awareness about homelessness and raise vital funds to help the growing number of people experiencing homelessness in Ireland.
The ‘Opening Doors’ appeal will see a mix of fundraising and policy related activities taking place on, and around, Thursday 10th October which is World Homeless Day. Peter McVerry Trust is asking individuals, businesses, community groups, schools and students to get behind the appeal in any way they can so we can continue opening doors for homeless youths.
The full schedule of events and activities will be posted on our website and promoted through our social media platforms from mid August. In the meantime, anyone wising to find out more about the ‘Opening Doors’ appeal or those wishing to volunteer, organise an event or participate in a fundraising activity should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01 823 0776.
Don’t forget to check back soon to see how you can begin opening doors for Ireland’s homeless!
A group of 50 people including staff, participants and supporters of Peter McVerry Trust were invited to a Presidential reception at Aras an Uachtarain. In our news and media section you can read more about the visit including our official press statement as well as coverage from the Irish Times and RTE Radio 1.
Below are some of the photos from the event.