Every night in Cork there 45 -50 homeless women and children resident in Edel House, our emergency shelter. Our staff work with women, empowering them to return to independent living as soon as possible. With our help 80% of the women that who seek shelter at Edel House move on within 3 months of admission.
Edel House is the only homeless shelter in Cork that can admit children. We can accommodate 10 families and 18 single women.
Our shelter is full every night. In 2015, we supported 206 women and 81 children out of homelessness. However, in the same year, the housing crisis and demand for our services, meant that we turned away 375 women and 281 children.
Many of the women we cannot accommodate end up isolated, living in hotels and B&Bs. In response to this, Good Shepherd Cork now employ an outreach worker, based at Edel House, who engages directly with these women.
When a woman is admitted to Edel House, she is assigned a key worker who will assess her needs before implementing a detailed personal care plan. If necessary, this worker will advocate and liaise with statutory and voluntary agencies on her behalf, to ensure the best solutions are found.
During their stay, residents are linked in with educational and social programmes to maintain self-esteem and build self- confidence and morale. Our staff team, assisted by volunteers, provide a range of social activities and classes throughout the year.
We have a play therapist based at Edel House and children spend time with her on a one to one and in a group basis.
We have recently lodged an application for planning permission and hope to rebuild parts of Edel House in order to improve our accommodation for homeless women and children.
Edel House is a self-referral establishment. Referrals can also be made by other agencies both statutory and voluntary.
For further information, contact us at:
T: 021 427 4240