Laois digs deep for homeless services

Community Laois Simon raises €65,000 to Simon Community

Laois digs deep for homeless services
By Express Reporter news@leinsterexpress.ie @laoisnews

The people of Laois have reached out to help tackle homeless in a big way.

Laois Friends of Simon presented a cheque for €65,000 to Tess Murphy (Chairperson of Midlands Simon Community) on Monday the 11th of April in Mulhalls Restaurant Portlaoise.

Cormac Lally (Vice Chairperson of Laois Friends of Simon) and (Founding Director of Midlands Simon Community) commended the staff and volunteers of Midlands Simon Community and noted that without the support and direction of the local authority and the HSE, services in the county would never have been developed.

Michael Martin (Chairperson of Laois Friends of Simon) stated that in raising this €65,000 it meant working with other community groups and he would like to thank these groups, such as the Vintage Club, Active Over 50`s Groups, Ratheniska Foroige, Rotary Clubs etc. Mr Martin also paid tribute to the tireless generosity of Seamus and Ursula Mulhall.

Tess Murphy (Chairperson of Midlands Simon Community) sincerely thanked the volunteers for such trojan work.

In an emotional address she pointed out that “many people have a home tonight because of Midlands Simon Community and the kindness of groups like the Laois Friends of Simon”.

John Mullholland (CEO of Laois County Council) said that he was delighted to receive an invite to the event and commended the fantastic work being carried out by Midlands Simon Community in Laois.

All the funds raised will go directly towards the homeless services provided by the Simon Community in Laois.

The organisation delivers the following services in Co Laois:

Regional Support Service for homelessness that works with 22 cases at any one time

Housing First/Complex Needs Service working with 5 cases

Community Liaison Nursing Service

Emergency Accommodation Service based in Tullamore but open to referrals from Laois via the Laois County Council