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Laurel Lodge extends olive branch

Laurel Lodge Accommodation Centre, an emergency centre for homeless men, was officially opened in Ennis this week. Service manager, Patrick Cahill, spoke to Carol Byrne about its role in the community. Laurel Lodge, a 13-bed facility that caters for homeless men in Clare was first dreamt up 11 years ago.Now fully operational, Pat Cahill of Saint Vincent de Paul, who officiates over the running of the centre, said it makes a real difference to those who have found themselves in the unfortunate position of being without a roof over their heads. Since 1998, a local SVP sub-committee has worked tirelessly with local agencies and the Clare Homeless Forum to provide an emergency hostel service for Clare. The SVP vision for homeless services, as documented in their policies, training and quality initiatives, is to put people first. This vision ensures that the property, services and staffing meet the standards needed to provide for a safe, secure and caring service.In 2006, a …

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