Mission, Vision and Values


Through trusting relationships we support women and children who are vulnerable to homelessness to live more empowered, fulfilled and self-sufficient lives. We work with women, children and families to achieve our mission.



Our vision is a society where every woman and child enjoys a secure, safe and dignified home in a supportive environment, respectful of their rights.


We welcome women of all backgrounds, ages and stages in life in a non-judgemental way.

Respect & Dignity
We acknowledge and respect the intrinsic dignity and value of each individual person, and promise trust, confidentiality and integrity in our conduct.

We are ambitious for the women and children we serve: we aim for lasting positive change.

We work to clear standards; we are transparent and answerable to our stakeholders; we are outcomes-focused and learn from each experience to improve our service.


We look to lead and to give example in shaping a better future.

Social Justice
We believe in social justice and equality: we look to address the reasons for homelessness.

Collaboration & Partnership
We are open and responsive to the women and children we serve and to working with other agencies and organisations.


Founded in Cork more than 40 years ago by Sr. Colette Hickey, a Good Shepherd Sister, we draw on a heritage of nearly 400 years of seeing and helping women and children who have been left behind, taking our name from the Good Shepherd of the Gospels.