This is the fourteenth year that the Simon Communities of Ireland has partnered with the RIAI. Over the course of this wonderful partnership almost €600,000 has been raised for the Simon Communities of Ireland.
Simon Open Door is a simple yet fantastic scheme. It benefits both the Simon Communities of Ireland and members of the public. Anyone can sign up and in return for a €90 donation to Simon receive an hour long consultation with a certified RIAI Architect (in the Architect’s own office, unless otherwise stated) who can give advice on a range of issues relating to your home.
Since 2005, the Simon Open Door initiative has been a permanent fixture in the calendar of RIAI Architects who, open their offices and offer their time and expertise to members of the public. Every cent raised goes toward's the work of the Simon Communities of Ireland.
The more information you can bring to your Architect on the day, the more you will get out of your consultation, so we recommend that before you meet with your Architect you consider all of the information in the "What to remember" section above.
A €90 donation could go towards:
- Providing 9 people with a warm bed for the night
Our emergency accommodation aims to support our residents to move on to and to be able to sustain long term accommodation. We ensure a quality, wraparound support service is provided to enable people to move out of homelessness.
- 5 Counselling Sessions
The Simon Community’s Counselling Service supports clients who are exposed to homelessness to identify and connect to their inner strengths and develop psychological coping skills as a result of engaging with evidence based therapeutic counselling interventions and supports.
- Providing our rough sleeper team with 4 emergency packs for those sleeping on the streets
Our outreach teams provide a service to people living on the street with the aim of moving them out of homelessness and into independent living. Outreach teams distribute necessary items including hot food and drinks, water, clothing, personal hygiene kits, and medical support kits where necessary.
- Providing a home starter pack for those who are moving to their own homes
These packs will help people to begin to rebuild their lives. Providing basic essential household goods such as a kettle, a toaster, cutlery and crockery, and towels, will help to set up and sustain people previously homeless to settle into permanent lodgings.
- 6 weeks of art/literacy classes
Developing confidence is the key aim of our Health and Wellbeing services. It is our goal to help restore client confidence, confidence that may have been lost through experiences of homelessness. It is important to us that each client regains and retains a positive attitude towards other things that are going on in their lives, providing courage and self-belief for them to move forward.
Images courtesy of (L) ODKM Architects (R) CVLTD
We would love to hear what you thought of Simon Open Door and your experiences so we can share your stories online please send in your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
Images courtesy of (L) Ryan W. Kennihan Architects (R) nineteeneighty
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