4 November 2015
By Tom Collins
Bon Secours Hospital Cork today announced €50,000 funding for a shower block extension at St. Vincent’s Homeless Hostel, Anglesea St. Cork. This hostel, which is run by St. Vincent De Paul, accommodates Homeless men from all over Munster, and is one of the key frontline services at the coldface of the ongoing homelessness crisis.
According to John Calnan, Manager of St Vincent De Paul homeless services in Cork:
“This hostel caters for 74 service users every day, and has a significant waiting list. We are delighted to have forged this relationship withBon Secours Hospital.”
Andrew McCarthy, Mission Leader at Bon Secours Hospital commented “we have a long track history of supporting homeless charities here in Cork through our Community Initiative fund, and are privileged to assist with the provision of funding to construct this shower facility. It is but a small intervention in the current crisis, but is essential for St. Vincent De Paul.”
What is St. Vincent’s Hostel?
St. Vincent’s Hostel is one of two SVP hostels located in Cork City. The other being Deerpark House on Friars Walk. St Vincent’s is best described as an emergency accommodation hostel providing accommodation and support for people who are out of home and homeless. It works to source good quality accommodation for its service users and help to reintegrate people back into community. The unit consists of 74 bedrooms, communal rooms, kitchen and dining room. Hot meals are provided daily and are cooked fresh on site. Professionally trained staff work with service users to deal with issues. The hostels currently provide services to a wide range of residents. Many are people with addiction, financial or family issues.