The Dublin Lifehouse runs three separate services for young people experiencing homelessness aged from 12-18.
Lefroy House, Dublin
Staff look after some of the most marginalised young people, many of whom have experienced neglect or abuse.
The main part of Lefroy House is a resettlement service that has seven after-care support flats for young people aged 17 and over. The young people in this part of Lefroy House are able to live independently and are supported by staff to do so.
Marvic, acting manager at Lefroy House, said: “I am mesmerised by every single young person that comes to Lefroy House, who shares their story with us and lets us support them on their journeys.
“It’s compelling to witness the resilience that these young people have, and the strength they show in dealing with all the harsh challenges that life throws at them.
“It’s a humbling experience to come along side and learn so much from such inspirational young people who against all of odds continue to fight and struggle on.”
One service user, John, said: “I have been at Lefroy House for six months and in that time I feel I have achieved so much thanks to the staff here. They believe in the young people and don’t give up on them. The staff have a high tolerance for the behaviour of service users but they are no pushovers either.”
Lefroy House is also home to the Night Light Project, which covers two emergency crisis services for young people aged between 12 and 18.
The Emergency Reception Centre is open from 8pm until 2am seven days a week and can accommodate up to 14 young people, while the Emergency Crisis Beds project has seven individual bedrooms available each night for any young person who would otherwise be at risk of sleeping rough.
Bringing people together with pastoral and spiritual support