Demand for homeless service rises by 50% during Covid-19
By Maurice Garvey
DEMAND for services at Clondalkin Helping Homeless (CHH) has increased by 50 per cent during Covid-19.
Established in 2014 by Cllr Francis Timmons (Ind), the service currently delivers food to over 100 local families.
Rebecca Nicole O’Keefe giving Clondalkin Helping Homeless - Cllr Francis Timmons and Darren Lamont €450 that the residents of Neilstown raised from a bingo night for the charity
Cllr Timmons says the group are delighted that South Dublin County Partnership and Quarryvale Family Resource Centre have come on board to help them with the increased demand.
“We also want to thank everyone that has donated food items. Oakfield Trust, John Moody, his family and friends, Liffey Valley Vineyard Church, Crosscare Foodbank, local schools food support and Tesco FoodCloud,” said Cllr Timmons.
“Hanley’s SuperValu Rowlagh have been incredibly helpful as they are the only shop that currently allows us to buy in bulk.’’
Cllr Timmons praised CHH volunteers “driving around at their own expense” to deliver food to families in need.
“Also, to Clondalkin Child and Family Support Network who have not only helped our volunteers with the collection and distribution of food but have also helped us secure additional funding.
Special thanks to Bawnogue Youth and Community Centre who have very kindly allowed us to use the centre to store, sort and distribute large quantities of food.
“CHH continue to give tents/sleeping bags and supplies to homeless in our area as needed. FoodCloud through Tesco in Liffey Valley and Clondalkin Village continue to give us almost nightly food donations.
Since the FoodCloud app started recording in 2018, CHH has given out 22,483kg and the equivalent of 53,404 meals to those in need.’’
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