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National Head Office
+353 1 823 0776
9am – 5pm
Monday -Friday
Information and advice number for those in experiencing or at risk of homelessness
087 912 3989
9am – 5pm
Monday -Friday
Fundraising queries
+353 1 823 0776
9am – 5pm
Monday -Friday

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About us
Our History

Peter McVerry Trust, originally known as the Arrupe Society, was established in 1983 by Fr Peter McVerry.

Fr McVerry began working in Summerhill in Dublin’s north inner-city in 1974, where he witnessed first-hand the problems of homelessness and deprivation. By 1979, he had opened a small hostel to provide accommodation for homeless boys between the ages of 12-16.

Due to the ongoing absence of appropriate supports and services for young people impacted by homelessness Fr McVerry continued to respond to their needs through advocacy and the development of new services.

In December 1983 the Arrupe Society became a registered a charity, providing housing and support for young people experiencing homelessness. At the time there was a growing number of individuals becoming homeless in Dublin, many of whom were unaccompanied minors.

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Peter McVerry in his office August 2018
Tabor House, our oldest service

From that point on Peter became a leading advocate for those marginalised in Irish society. The charity grew and increased its services to include drug treatment, more U18s residential services, and a drop-in centre run by Fr McVerry.

In 2005, a new Board of Directors and the charity’s first CEO were appointed to help develop the organisation and to respond to increased regulatory, governance and funding requirements. It was at this point, in 2005, that the name of the charity was changed to Peter McVerry Trust, a move suggested by the board and agreed to by Fr McVerry.

The new structures enabled the charity to respond to an increasing number of people experiencing homelessness in Ireland.

In 2013 the charity marked its 30th year of helping vulnerable people and those impacted by homelessness.

In 2016, Peter McVerry Trust launched its third strategic plan to govern the direction and development of the organisation for the period until 2020. During the life of this plan, the charity aims to significantly increase its housing stock in order to provide housing pathways for people who are homeless.

You can download the latest strategic plan below.

Previous strategic plans are available below.