Where Your Money Goes

**StreetSmart 2018 Update**

It’s that time of year when it’s important to remember those who cannot afford to eat a meal out, let alone a roof over their heads. For many restaurants the homelessness crisis is right on your own doorstep and affects your customers, staff and business.

Joining StreetSmart to participate in our #DineOutHelpOut campaign is how you can do a little something to support the organisations on the front line providing services, housing, advocacy and solutions to those impacted by homelessness….

The beauty of StreetSmart is it’s a simple, easy way for people to ‘Dine Out and Help Out’. In some of the best restaurants in Dublin and beyond, with the benefit of a table-card which explains the StreetSmart idea, a voluntary €2 donation is added to each tables bill during November, December and in some cases into January. Feedback from staff and customers has overwhelmingly been positive, most customers are very happy to ‘give a little something back’ after enjoying their meal.

At the end of the campaign all participating restaurants now pass on the money raised to StreetSmart and its new registered charity partner SCOOP, with 90% to be shared among Irish homeless charities and 10% to SCOOP aid projects overseas. It’s that simple and that easy.

In the last three years, our community of restaurants has successfully raised over €90,000, all of which has gone on to help homeless charities the Peter McVerry Trust, Focus Ireland and Stepping Stone. As we grow so will the organisations we support.

The first step is to sign up on our website. We will follow this up with the point of contact to arrange to pop in with all the print material you will need to get the ball rolling.

What StreetSmart is ultimately trying to do, is bring together the restaurant industry to address the biggest social crisis for a generation. We realise that the success of this campaign depends on you, your managers and staff getting behind it. I hope you can join us in making this year’s campaign the most successful yet.

Brian Cuddy
StreetSmart Founder.

Peter McVerry Trust is committed to reducing homelessness and the harm caused by drug misuse and social disadvantage. Peter McVerry Trust provides low‐threshold entry services, primarily to younger persons with complex needs, and offers pathways out of homelessness based on the principles of the Housing First model and within a framework that is based on equal opportunities, dignity and respect.

Focus Ireland believes that a secure home is crucial to a person’s health, identity and a fair chance in life. Focus Ireland work tirelessly to help everyone who goes to them to move on from homelessness and rebuild their lives. From providing advice and information, a hot meal to education and training, childcare services and emergency and long term housing, your support means that Focus Ireland can give the help that is needed every step of the way.

Stepping Stone provides affordable accommodation to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We own properties across Dublin and offer a fixed term lease with support. We work with each tenant towards a sustainable, independent long-term home. We do this in partnership with Dublin Local Authorities and homeless and advocacy services. Stepping Stone seeks to deliver an innovative housing solution in a professional, client centred and honest way. We set out to ensure that those we work for have access to appropriate and safe accommodation and are given practical supports in an open way.

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