Peter McVerry Trust services provide support for individuals from the age of 12 upwards. However, the majority of those who access our services are young, homeless males aged from 18 to 35.
Open Access Service, Streets to Home Service and Education: This is an informal drop-in centre, where people can access basic services and to come and relax in a safe space. The service allows people to make cups of tea, have sandwiches and soup, use the telephone, and wash and dry their clothes. There is also a small left luggage facility managed by PeterMcVerry Trust’s Streets to Home team. Fr McVerry has been based in this service since the mid 1980s. The Streets to Home service offers advice and help with accommodation, legal problems or any other needs of the young people accessing the service. Peter McVerry Trust also places a strong emphasis on education as a preventative measure. We support individuals and projects in educational disadvantaged areas of Limerick and Dublin.
Peter McVerry Trust provides long term housing for people exiting homelessness and at the moment we have just over 170 residential units. Peter McVerry Trust is committed to delivering Housing First approach in Ireland. The Housing First approach has at its core principle the belief that the first thing a homeless person needs is a home. It focuses on providing long term housing for homeless people and giving them the supports they need in order to live an independent life.
Our homeless services provide emergency and temporary accommodation to almost 350 people each night. The length of individual placements varies greatly depending on the individual’s need and the service type. Emergency accommodation can be between 1-7 nights while temporary accommodation is normally up to six months. Everyone in our homeless services is assessed and supported by staff to help them find long term accommodation. These services also provide additional beds for rough sleepers during the cold weather period in the winter months each year.
Peter McVerry Trust operates three drug treatment services. These services work with people at different stages of drug use. We provide two Stabilisation and Recovery Services. This facility delivers various programmes for people who are motivated to address their drug misuse and want to become drug free. There are two core programmes the stabilisation programme and the early relapse prevention programme. The services also offers a range of complementary supports including drop-in, vocational education, counselling, holistic therapies and a social breakfast gathering each Wednesday morning. Our third drug treatment service is a Residential Community Detox. Here we offer six week methadone detox programme and a three week Cannabis Cessation programme. Both programmes are combined with counselling, educational group work, holistic therapies and a horticultural programme.
Peter McVerry Trust currently provides under 18s residential services for people between the ages of 12 – 18 across four locations in the Dublin area. The staff support each young person’s progression towards adulthood, helping them to develop the necessary skills needed for positive self-care, independent living and social integration. Our staff provide ongoing aftercare and support to young people moving from under 18 residential service to semi-independent and independent living.