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Dennis’ Story

Helping Dennis to Close the Door on Homelessness Forty years ago when Dennis was sleeping rough, he was one of the first people that Galway Simon helped through our soup run. Since then we have stood by Dennis and we never gave up on him! We help people just like Dennis to close the door on [...]

Helen’s Story

Preventing Homelessness in Galway Three years ago, Helen and her family were nearly made homeless. Faced with eviction, thankfully they reached out to Galway Simon Community and ever since then, we have been helping to keep them in their home. But the reality is, they could still become homeless any day now. Read Helen's story [...]

Louise’s Story

“When I arrived at Galway Simon I was nervous they would judge me but they never did. Everyone was nice.” Every child should wake up in their own home on Christmas Day. Louise wants something very special for Christmas this year. She wants her two little girls to wake up in their own [...]

Padraig’s Story

“In my twenties…there was no Simon there at the time, no help at all. I was hungry every day with no sleep, no blanket” Thanks to the support of people like you, we were able to help Padraig* when he needed it the most. At Galway Simon Community, we provide a safe place to [...]

Ciara’s Story

“I didn’t want Paul to see me cry. But he’d know if there was anything wrong and he’ll tell me about 100 times a day – ‘I love you so much mammy’ he’d say”. Ciara, mother to Paul aged 4 Thanks to your support Ciara and Paul have a safe place to call home [...]

Shauna’s Story

“I’ve had too many low points at Christmas. Ending up in hospital on New Year’s Day is probably one of my worst memories.” Shauna, 23* Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Shauna is looking forward to Christmas for the first time in years. She will be spending Christmas in Galway Simon [...]

Conor’s Story

At Galway Simon Community, we provide a safe place to stay for Conor (name changed), who lives in one of our supported houses, and many others in supported houses located throughout Galway City. Conor came to us after a recent hospital stay and he had been homeless for years. He found it hard to talk [...]

Michael’s Story

Michael found himself homeless while battling an alcohol addiction and experienced homelessness for almost 30 years. He moved in and out of emergency hostels and psychiatric hospitals in Galway a lot. However, he would still often find himself sleeping rough on the streets of Galway. Michael hit rock-bottom after another stay in the psychiatric hospital. [...]

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