ONE of Limerick’s oldest and best established services for the homeless has opened the doors of its new extended facility.
Brother Stephen Russell House, run by Novas Initiatives, was officially reopened on Friday at a special event attended by Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan, HSE boss Dr Bernard Gloster, and some of the many people who availed of the service over the years.
Based in Mulgrave Street, Br Stephen Russell House was opened 38 years ago, and caters for marginalised men across the city.
Following a multi-million euro grant from the JP McManus Foundation, the new service will provide 33 units of long-term supported housing, helping remove the stigma of homelessness.
The building, taken over by Novas in 2002, has been completely rebuilt, redesigned and renewed, and both Ms O’Sullivan and Dr Gloster hailed the team effort: “It has been a combination of a lot of effort from a lot of people,” she said, “When I came here first, the conditions were dormitory style. There were curtains inbetween the men’s beds. The facilities were very basic.”
Head of homeless services with Novas Anne Cronin welcomed the return of the JP McManus Pro-Am to Limerick, saying their work would not be possible without its support.