What People Are Saying About StreetSmart Ireland

Donating to StreetSmart will help children and families, men and women who are homeless in Ireland today. Your €2 donation could be the €2 that pays for an affordable meal for someone who is homeless.

Brian Cuddy, Founder and project coordinator of StreetSmart Ireland

Peter McVerry Trust is committed to meeting the needs of people experiencing homelessness by providing safe, quality, long-term accommodation options and by, ultimately, giving them a key to their own home. Great initiatives like StreetSmart allow us to continue doing that work. We’re delighted to have been selected by StreetSmart as a beneficiary again this year, and we would like to thank Brian Cuddy, the restaurants involved and all of the customers who donated during this unique campaign.

Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust

Stepping Stone are truly grateful for all those that donate to the StreetSmart’s #DineOutHelpOut Initiative over the festive period. While €2 means so little to so many it will help Stepping Stone enormously to provide accommodation and support to those who need it most.

Piers White, CEO of Stepping Stone

There is a lot that happens around the world we cannot control. We cannot stop earthquakes, we cannot prevent droughts, and we cannot prevent all conflict, but when we know where the hungry, the homeless and the sick exist, then we can help.

Jan Schakowsky,

You only have to step out onto Fade St to see how bad homelessness is in the city centre which is why we are delighted to have raised over €5,700 this year for StreetSmart in The Market Bar, it’s our second year participating in StreetSmart and all the staff and customers were overwhelmingly supportive.

Kevin Kelly, Manager of the Market Bar (2016)

The staff all loved doing StreetSmart, They saw it as there way to help along the way.

Seana, Hang Dai

We are driven by the fundamental belief that homelessness is wrong. Wrong because it is a failure of society that creates victims out of ordinary people and robs them of their potential. Wrong because it can be prevented, it can be solved but is allowed to continue and in doing so, undermines society.

Focus Ireland website, Focus Ireland website

StreetSmart feels like the right thing to do at the right time and has become part of Xmas for us.

Marc Bereen Coppinger Row,

StreetSmart is now part and parcel of our festive season. So are you in?

It’s an easy way for us to give something back through the joy of food. StreetSmart is a charity I am happy to support.

At a time of year when we are out enjoying good food with our family and friends, it’s important to support those less fortunate than ourselves.

StreetSmart is an effective, enjoyable way of doing a little something for homelessness. Eat great food. Do some good.

The beauty of StreetSmart is its simplicity. It is an innovative, easy fundraising scheme which works during the winter season when people begin to think about those less fortunate than themselves.

The word ‘home’ conjures feelings of warmth, family, friendship and love. To be homeless is to be alone, with no one to care about you. Homelessness could happen to any of us.

Taking part in this feel good campaign will build relationships and strengthens us as a community. And at the end we can all give each other a pat on the back for being more pro-active about homelessness in our city.

When you lose your home it’s not just about a roof over your head, it’s the very foundation of who you are, how safe you feel in the world, how capable you are of stepping out into the world to make your way in life.

Tackling homelessness is not just about providing shelter from the elements, it is about providing advice, advocacy and education, but above all, care within a community that can be called ‘home’.

No person’s journey to the point of homelessness is the same as another’s. The recession, job losses, austerity cuts and a housing crisis are moving the spectre of homelessness closer to more people than before – and for many, it could be just a few pay-cheques away.

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