Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will officially launch a photographic exhibition called “What Crosscare means to me – 75 Crosscare stories” this evening in Saint Paul’s Church, Arran Quay, Dublin 1.
75 people who overcame difficulties in life through homelessness, poverty or drug abuse are among those who have lent their images to a unique photographic exhibition celebrating Crosscare’s 75th year supporting those most in need. The exhibition is on display in Crosscare’s community college, adjacent to Saint Paul’s Church.
Also being launched tonight is a brief history of the organisation written by Chris Murphy a former manager of Crosscare who has since retired.
Last year, Crosscare provided bed nights for almost 1,500 people, worked with over 4,000 young people through youth services in Dublin and Wicklow, provided 141,000 meals in community bases and supported over 4,000 people with information and advocacy contacts in relation to homelessness, social welfare, immigration, asylum, refugee or emigration needs.
Crosscare is the Social Support Agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin and provides a range of social care, community and youth work services across the Dublin Archdiocese. They were established back in 1941, and still continue to play a significant role in the provision of services to people affected by poverty in the Dublin area. They are making significant efforts to improve the quality of service and environment on offer within our sector. In early 2013, Catholic Youth Care joined with Crosscare to form one organisation. Currently they employ over 500 staff with over 1,500 of volunteers in locations throughout the greater Dublin area and Wicklow.
Crosscare’s ethos is based on the principle that every person is created in the image and likeness of God. This places responsibility on all to work to the highest possible standards while treating every person who uses their services and who works for and with Crosscare, with the utmost respect, courtesy and love.
For more see www.crosscare.ie.