About us

Depaul is a charity helping people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

Depaul believes homelessness has no place.

We exist to serve homeless individuals or families, at risk, caught in the spiral of  homelessness, deprived of all control of their lives, when every door is closed to them.

Depaul is there because we believe they deserve help to rebuild their lives and progress to a positive future

We approach this;

With compassion and a willingness to do whatever it takes no matter what

With expertise and professionalism so the most excluded homeless people get the help they deserve and are not overlooked or ignored

And we don't stop there we innovate when services are needed

We advocate for hard to reach groups and are willing to take risks to make sure the services exist for homeless people

We want to end homelessness and change lives

Depaul is a cross border organisation working in 4 main areas of service provision; 

  • Homelessness and vulnerable families services,
  • Homelessness prevention services,
  • Homeless addiction services,
  • Homelessness and criminal justice and mental health services  

Depaul shares close links with the SVP as one of our founding partners but we are a separate charity addressing homelessness.

Depaul was established in 2002 in Ireland and 2005 in Northern Ireland. It is now a leading cross-border organisation. Our focus is upon those suffering homelessness and marginalisation, who need vital support and the opportunity to realise their true potential. We offer support and guidance to break the cycle of homelessness, and assist our service users in making positive choices for their future.

Depaul Ireland is part of a wider group structure, Depaul International, with other subsidiaries in the UK, Ukraine, Slovakia, USA and France.

Our founding partners upon the establishment of Depaul Ireland in 2002 were the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Daughters of Charity and the Vincentian Fathers. Depaul Ireland shares close links with members of the Vincentian Family. 

Our values remain at the forefront of Depaul and the International group.

Our core values, unite the Depaul International Group, are:

  • We celebrate the potential of people
  • We put our words into action
  • We aim to take a wider role in civil society
  • We believe in rights and responsibilities.

Our Vision is of a society in which everyone has a place to call home and a stake in their community.

Our Mission is to end homelessness and change the lives of those affected by it. 

Our vision, mission and values clearly define us as a charity. What matters to us is that we serve those most in need in our community, and that our services are quality-led.

Click here to read about our staff, service users and volunteers experiences of our Vision, Mission & Values

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