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The 30th anniversary of Peter McVerry Trust was marked today during a formal reception at Áras an Uachtaráin. Representatives from Peter McVerry Trust including its founder Fr Peter McVerry, Pat Doyle CEO, staff and homeless individuals that receive support from the charity met with President Michael D Higgins this afternoon.
The charity, which works primarily with homeless youths, was formally established in 1983 by Fr McVerry who opened his first homeless shelter for boys aged 12 – 16 in 1979. Due to the rising number of homeless youths in Dublin he recognised the need for a much larger response to the issue of homelessness and formed the charity which is now known as Peter McVerry Trust to address the issue.
Pat Doyle CEO of the charity said “Peter McVerry Trust has been opening doors for homeless people for 30 years and we are delighted that President Higgins has opened his door to the homeless today. The young men and women that are here have a great opportunity to speak to the President about the issues faced by those experiencing homelessness in Irish society.”
“Peter McVerry Trust has been to the forefront of efforts to tackle homelessness, drug misuse and social disadvantage in Irish society over the last 30 years and to receive formal recognition from President Higgins, himself such a committed champion of social justice issues, is a very special occasion for all involved with the charity.”
Peter McVerry Trust has grown significantly from the first 3 bedroom service for homeless youths and now provides a range of services for vulnerable homeless people. It currently provides homeless prevention services, homeless services, housing services, under 18s residential services and drug treatment services across the Dublin region recently opening new services in Swords and Tallaght. In the first 4 months of 2013 Peter McVerry Trust worked with 1,897 individuals. The charity is a key actor in the implementation of the current homeless strategy and it is delivering a housing first model to tackle homelessness in Ireland.