Merchants Quay Ireland is a national voluntary organization that helps people who are homeless and those caught in addiction. They provide frontline services, practical supports, pathways towards recovery and innovative responses to the issues of drug use and homelessness in Ireland.
Riverbank Open Access Centre
MQI’s Riverbank Open Access Centre is the only place in Dublin where people who are living rough can access the full range of homeless/addiction/mental health supports under one roof. Every hot shower, every cup of tea, is a chance to turn a life around. MQI work to build rapport and trust to develop therapeutic relationships that wrap the benefits around the client. With kindness, non-judgement and respect, the right support can facilitate people in moving on from homelessness. Clients can create their self-directed care plan with milestone markers supported by ongoing engagement with key workers.
How HSF could help
MQI told us that support from The Hospital Saturday Fund would help to open the doors of Riverbank once again, to a place of safety, welcome and services for people who are homeless. As we all know, the very basic essential need for a hot shower is fundamental to personal dignity and a feeling of self-worth.
We were very happy to be able to support MQI with this project and were delighted to receive this email:
Thank you once again to Hospital Saturday Fund for your help in making sure that rough sleepers can safely have a hot shower. I’ve attached pictures of the wet rooms. Between each use they have to be thoroughly disinfected for the next client. It’s a huge relief for them to have such comfort and dignity.
On behalf of Merchants Quay Ireland, thank you to all the team at hsf Health Plan and the Hospital Saturday Fund for your kindness and compassion. Thank you for keeping our clients in your thoughts and MQI’s work close to your hearts. You’re making a wonderful difference to people’s lives when they need it most.
Emma Murphy, Major Grants and Legacies Fundraising Manager
To find out more about Merchants Quay Ireland, please visit their website: https://mqi.ie/