Can you imagine how you could end up homeless; the course your life might take to find yourself without a roof over your head? But what if you lost your wife, your husband, your child? What if your business had to close down or you lost your job? What if your rent supplement was cut and you couldn’t stay in your home? What if you suffered from a mental illness or an addiction?
At Simon, these are the stories we hear every day. Homelessness is not as far away as people may think, especially in these tough and uncertain times. It really can happen to anyone. It is never a choice.
North West Simon Community is a not for profit organisation working to prevent and address homelessness in counties Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal.
Collette Ferguson from the North West Simon Community delivered a presentation to the Students on the work of the Simon Community. As a follow-up, the students had a “Sleep-In“ on Friday 13th in the Aras. Mr. Havlin was on night duty and claims he never closed an eye!!!!! So, who was snoring???? The rules: only bring a sleeping bag. Ms. Fiona Mc Laughlin felt she could adjust the rules slightly, bringing along a duvet, pillow and hot water bottle. Mr. Mc Donagh was in hiding after 3am. No sightings reported after that time. Strange! It was a fantastic night and only one word to describe the students - AMAZING.