STUDENTS from Mountrath Community School spent a memorable day at a centre for the homeless, where they met an inspirational man who founded the centre over 40 years ago.
Third-year students were delighted to meet the renowned Brother Kevin Crowley, who established the Capuchin Day Centre for Homeless People in Bow Street, Dublin and still works tirelessly to help homeless individuals and families.
The centre provides more than 700 meals every day and over 1,500 food parcels each Wednesday to the homeless and poor in the city, as well as shower facilities for children and adults.
The Mountrath students were given a tour of the centre, which also provides medical services that include a doctor, dentist, chiropodist, nurse and counsellor. The students made the visit as part of research for their religious education journal. During a question and answer session with Brother Kevin, they learned more about the growing needs of the community, the homelessness crisis, food parcels, baby supplies, medical staff and the team of incredible volunteers that donate their time to the day centre.
Brother Kevin said there is a shocking level of “hidden homelessness” with a large number of families accommodated in hotels in the city centre area. He said the day centre has saved lives and stressed that the government must urgently build more homes to resolve the housing crisis.
The students had lunch at the centre and also viewed the family area, which is currently being extended due to a growing need to facilitate more families with children. They received a blessing in the priory from Brother Alfie and venerated a first-class relic, a glove worn by Padre Pio.
Students James Kidd said it was a wonderful and most meaningful day, while classmate Jer Quinlan described Brother Kevin as an inspirational person with extraordinary care and compassion for the community.