The Open Access Service is based at 26, Upper Sherrard Street, Dublin 1. It began as an administrative office for Fr Peter McVerry SJ and it remains so today, however, young homeless people began to call to see him there and so it developed into a small, informal drop-in centre, where young homeless people who have nothing to do during the day could come to relax, meet others, make cups of tea, have a sandwich at lunch-time, use the telephone, wash their clothes or use it as a left luggage facility – while Fr McVerry continues to work unaffected by the chaos around him!
There are no criteria for admission, everyone is welcome. It is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm approximately.
The Open Access Centre, while preserving its informal, homely atmosphere, now also accommodates the Streets to Home team who are available to offer advice and help with accommodation, legal problems or other needs. This development enables us to provide a more structured approach to the multiple needs of young homeless people. It also enables us to direct some young people to the newly opened Stabilisation Service, where a structured drug stabilisation programme is offered.