All of us in Drogheda Homeless Aid – our staff and board members – try to reach out with our hearts to homeless men or those who may be at risk of homelessness. The hostel at North Strand, Drogheda offers shelter and support in an “open door” policy that has existed for many years.
We can offer support, advice and counselling to people who come to our door and, most importantly, we are not judgmental. Every person is worthy of dignity and respect and these principles are embedded in our organisation.
There are many reasons as to why people become homeless – mental health problems, addiction, poverty, breakdown in relationships and we try hard to see how we can help the individual, giving them a safe haven for a short period while they try to get back on their feet. The very basic items like a shelter out of the elements, heating, a warm bed and food, privacy can be a stabilising influence in the move towards recovery to normal living.
Many, many people can be helped forward into independent living and we offer them support on an ongoing basis through our Resettlement Team.
Our services at Drogheda Homeless Aid are underpinned by respect for the individual person, their safety and welfare, and respect. We want the individual to be empowered. It is so important that vulnerable persons can get some peace of mind. Our staff, board and volunteers all work in concert to achieve this aim.
Drogheda Homeless Aid acknowledges the support of Louth County Council and the Health Service Executive in our work. We also acknowledge the wonderful and outstanding assistance of the people of Drogheda, South Louth and Mid-Louth – you, too, have often spoken with your hearts.
Paul Murphy, Chairperson