On average, the Mater’s Emergency Department sees four homeless people per day looking for help. Witness to the devastating effects on people’s health and well being, the Social Care Dept. in the Mater has recently had funding granted towards providing special care packs for homeless individuals.

With tracksuit bottoms, hoodies, t-shirts and a waterproof bag, the care packs meet the most basic needs of the people that present themselves to the Mater. The Irish Prison Service assisted with this initiative, offering to assemble the packs so that they were ready for distribution.

Governer of Arbour Hill, Liam Dowling, stated; “We all have a responsibility to play a part and contribute to the solution of the this serious problem. The Irish Prison Service are happy to support any initiative which will alleviate this crisis in our society. The offenders under my charge get great satisfaction from their participation in this initiative which makes a positive contribution to helping others.”

Aoife Ryan, Social Worker in the Mater added; “The offer of warm and dry clothing goes a long way towards treating our patients with respect, dignity and compassion. I have witnessed patient’s demeanor change almost instantly from that of defensiveness to one of genuine gratitude and appreciation. We have to continue to provide our most vulnerable patient group with support for their basic needs.”

Pictured below with the new homeless packs is Niall Dawson, Irish Prison Service, with Aoife Ryan and Amanda Casey from the Social Care Dept, Mater Hospital.

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