Principles for work with homeless people: Dublin Simon Community

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Mon, 2 Feb 1998 01:14:08 -0800 (PST)


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DUBLIN SIMON COMMUNITY
P.O. Box 581, Dublin 1. [Ireland]
Tel. +353-1-8720188 Fax. +353-1-8722378

Dublin Simon Community is a non-profit, non-denominational
organisation, which works with *homeless people. Founded in
February 1969, the Community started out with a soup run three
nights a week which actively sought people sleeping rough in Dublin.
Over the past twenty eight years our services have developed to meet the
needs of the people we have come in contact with. Today the Community
provides emergency accommodation, residential housing, outreach, referral
and settlement services.

The projects are operated by full-time and part-time volunteers, Community
Employment workers and seventeen staff members.

PRINCIPLES

*Justice:

We believe that everyone has a right to decent, affordable housing.

*Participation:

We aim to maximise participation by the users of our services in the
decision-making processes of the community.

*Human Growth:

We believe everyone has the potential to grow and develop, and we
seek to facilitate this.

*Independence:

We are committed to co-operate with statutory agencies at all levels
to ensure maximum effectiveness of planning and delivery of
services. We do, however, value our independence and our freedom
to be constructively critical of the state's responses to the
homelessness problem.

*High Quality Services:

We provide high quality services - on the street and in purpose built premises.

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