Welcome to Novas’ website. Whether you are homeless, at risk of homelessness, wish to find out more about Novas, get involved, donate or volunteer, I hope that you find all the information you need on our website.
Novas opened its first residential service in Limerick in December 2002, in response to a need for homeless accommodation for a number of rough sleepers entrenched in addiction in the city. The very first street outreach service was initiated in Cecil Street, by our founder Joe McGarry in February 2002. The terms of reference given to Joe by the statutory authorities was to demonstrate and evidence a need for a dedicated residential homeless facility. Since then, Novas Initiatives provides housing and support to many individuals and families that are not served by mainstream services or indeed existing voluntary agencies. We like to believe that we start where others stop. We care for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, those entrenched in poverty and those affected by addiction.
Novas seeks to find lasting solutions to homelessness. As CEO, it is my job to steer this vision. Homelessness is not just about losing the roof over your head, but about losing your self-esteem, your sense of self and place and a safe haven in which family relationships are nurtured. Novas believes it is imperative to work with people around all these issues to prevent repeat homelessness and end long-term homelessness. While providing and preserving accommodation is central to everything we do, we actively promote wider social inclusion of our clients. We assist clients to re-engage in their local communities, access health, welfare and educational services and improve employment opportunities. This latter endeavour has become increasingly challenging due to the economic recession in recent years.
In 2012, Novas provided services to more than 1,500 people, and provided a further 4,000 meals through our street outreach programme. Our services have grown every year since 2002 and we now care for people in Limerick, Dublin, Cork, Kerry, Clare and Tipperary. Despite the difficulties surrounding the recession, we are committed to seeing through an ambitious building programme to improve and extend our services throughout the country, and provide a better quality of life for those experiencing social exclusion and homelessness. One of the key targets of our five year 2012 strategic plan is to ensure that single persons will not have to share a room.
While we are funded by the HSE and the Department of Environment, we very much depend on the generosity of public and corporate donations to maintain our quality services. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everybody who has kindly supported Novas services in Ireland over the last decade.
Thank you for visiting our website and please contact a member of our team if you would like further information or assistance.
Chief Executive Officer, Novas Initiatives