Let no one go Hungry

Posted on December 09 2021

Let no one go Hungry

Decembers Wiggy Wednesday will take place on Wednesday 15th December.  This month we will be raising much needed money for the Capuchin Day Centre.  

With the mission statements "No one goes hungry" and "All Welcome - No Charge for any of our Services", it emcompasses the reason why the centre is our December charity.  

The Capuchin Day Centre's Guiding Principles are:-

While our main concern is that no one should go hungry our overarching principle is that each person who comes to our door is treated with the utmost respect and dignity.  We operate an “open door” policy and with the exception of child protection issues, do not ask questions as we feel it is difficult enough for people to come and bring their children to be fed and nourished.  In keeping with the guidelines of St. Francis of Assisi, there is no charge for any of our services.

The services that the centre provides are: 

Food Service It is easy to spot the “rough sleepers” those who have spent the night on the streets or slept in cardboard boxes. In an effort to regain their dignity they are usually the first to put their names down for the showers/fresh clothing while others are so dispirited and exhausted they just need a safe place to get in out of the weather and rest before they face another day. Our busiest morning is Wednesday and the staff/volunteers arrive at around 6 am to make up food parcels for about 1,400 people who need help with their grocery supplies.  (We also provide 350 parcels each week from the friary in Kilkenny).   At about 11.30 we close for a short time to prepare for the busiest part of our day and get ready to provide a full dinner for 5/600 people.  starting at 7am where there is a queue already formed.  People are often distressed state and the staff in the centre in Bow Street, Dublin meet each person with respect and kindness.  Breakfast finishes around 11.30am and the centre will have provided a hot meal for 250-300 people.   It is easy to spot the “rough sleepers” those who have spent the night on the streets or slept in cardboard boxes. In an effort to regain their dignity they are usually the first to put their names down for the showers/fresh clothing while others are so dispirited and exhausted they just need a safe place to get in out of the weather and rest before they face another day. The busiest morning is Wednesday and the staff/volunteers arrive at around 6 am to make up food parcels for about 1,400 people who need help with their grocery supplies.  (The centre also provides 350 parcels each week from the friary in Kilkenny).   At about 11.30 the centre closes for a short time to for the busiest part of the centres day and get ready to provide a full dinner for 500/600 people. 

Additional Services - While the main purpose of the Centre is food maintenance, they constantly endeavoured to improve their response and help people who have difficulty in accessing mainstream services.  The centre has a fulltime nursing staff, a dedicated family social worker (TUSLA) and in conjunction with the Safetynet Primary Medical Care Service who provide 4 GP Medical Clinics each week, we have other Professionals who offer their services on a “Pro Bono” basis.  These include two Dental and two Chiropody clinics each week, an Optical Screening Clinic and Haircuts (Haircuts 4 the Homeless). The latest additions include a Cervical Smear Screening service and a COPD and Diabetic Clinic (Mater Hospital). A sizable portion of the centres expenditure is on footwear, socks, underwear, t-shirts, emergency rainwear, tents and sleeping bags, personal hygiene products, hospital packs, hats, scarves, emergency transport costs, assistance for bereaved families etc. baby supplies and children’s essentials.

Child Poverty – For Capuchins the welfare of families is a priority and in the Centre they have a designated “Family Area” where families can enjoy a nutritious meal in safety.  Since the housing crisis of 2013, they had to upgrade the service by providing day to day essentials for children and babies.  Housing scarcity and high rents means that people are living in hotels and B & B’s totally unsuited to family needs. The increase in child poverty is very evident in the Centre.  The centres figures rose from 4,389 in 2011 to 11,300 in 2018.  A staggering increase of 6,911 or 157.5%.  Each day they meet the tragic human casualties of failed government policies and Action Plans charged with ‘cherishing all the children of the state equally’.

 

We would ask you all to help us raise funds for the Capuchin Day Centre and provide someone the gift of food, basic needs fulfilled, respect and kindness.

DONTATE HERE 

 

 

Recent Posts