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 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.