The fear and trauma of having nowhere to sleep is a stark reality for some, the current housing crisis, coupled with the significant rise in the cost of living, pose even greater challenges to those who don’t have the security of a home. We urgently need your help to continue providing supports to those who are living with the threat of homelessness.
The real impact of your support
More and more people are turning to us for help. In 2021, there was an increase of 26% in the number of households we supported with our services. The number of young adults we supported increased by 25% compared to 2020. Funds raised through our annual Sleep Out have made a significant impact on Homelessness Prevention Services throughout the region.
To give you an idea of the true impact of support like this, we want to tell you about Aoife, who found herself at risk of homelessness after leaving the care system at the age of 18. Hear Aoife’s story in her own words:
Last Year’s Sleep out
Last year alone, the Sleep Out funds raised supported:
- 323 households through our Essentials Fund which provides help with heating, electricity and basic household costs to those at risk of, or experiencing homelessness in Galway City.
- 100% of the running costs of our drop-in Ballinasloe Resource Centre which offers people advice and practical support with a variety of issues including personal challenges, addiction and health issues, as well as helping people to remain in their own home or to find a new home, and to continue to live as part of their local community.
- 95 families and individuals with Health & Wellbeing supports such as counselling, treatments, client safety & health education.
- 20 individual and family households in our Youth, Community Based, Independent Living & Housing First services. Assistance with fit out and furnishing of housing to provide a home for clients moving on from resettlement who would otherwise have faced homelessness
100% of funds raised will go directly towards providing vital services to people like Aoife who are living with the threat of homelessness during this critical time of need, allowing us to intervene early and put the right supports in place to prevent someone from experiencing the trauma of homelessness in the first place.
You can make a difference
Watch testimonials from previous team leaders, participants from around the Globe as well as our own staff who took part.
Read stories from our incredible frontline workers and our clients who have turned their lives around thanks to support from people like you.