Welcome Home was set up as a registered charity in 1990 to raise funds for Fr. Peter McVerry to enable him to provide accommodation and services for young homeless people in Dublin. All money raised by Welcome Home is used to support the work of what is now called The Peter McVerry Trust. Funds are raised from a number of organised events throughout the year. These annual events are the main sources of funds for the charity.
LeasePlan Ireland have been a main sponsor of The Wexford Cycle for the past number of years. The Wexford Cycle started in 1990 and celebrated 26 years in existence in 2015. The Cycle remains the most popular event on the Welcome Home calendar and is, by far, the biggest fundraiser. In addition to being a main sponsor, LeasePlan also support the cycle by having our LeasePlan Employee Cycle Team participating and we provide a support crew of vans and personnel to support all the cyclists taking part in the event.
Dublin Simon works with people experiencing, or in danger of experiencing, homelessness, providing services and support to those who need it most. Dublin Simon Community provide services for people throughout all the stages of homelessness including outreach, accommodation, support and treatment.
LeasePlan Ireland have supplied two fully expensed Hyundai i20’s to the Dublin Simon community which are used by their outreach personnel to carry out weekly visits to people who are reintegrating back into the community. These vehicles have had a very positive impact for the personnel as having their own transportation allow for a more structured planning of weekly meetings and improved frequency as they are no longer dependent on public transport services.
The outreach workers are part of the Support to Live Independently (SLI) team which is one of the services provided by Dublin Simon Community for the four Dublin Local Authorities. This service is provided for service users moving from homelessness to independent living in the community with the overall aim being to help people integrate into their local community while also showing how to find local and community services and supports in their area.