The documentary 'Home' tells the stories of the men and women behind the headlines and figures of the homeless crisis in Dublin today.
Rachael Ryan- producer and presenter on Spin 1038- is also a part time volunteer with the Dublin Simon community. She has worked on the Monday night soup run for five years now- providing food, clothing and a point of contact for rough sleepers in Dublin city. The people she has met on the streets and the amazing stories they have told her, are what inspired the documentary 'Home'.
The Dublin Simon Community was founded in 1969 by a group of UCD and Trinity students who began by handing out soup and sandwiches to rough sleepers- it's since grown into an organisation that helps thousands who are homeless or at risk of being homeless across Dublin city and also Kildare, Meath and Wicklow. Currently in Dublin city there are 3,327 adults in emergency accommodation and the number of children in emergency accommodation has risen to 2,266 children. 1,099 families have no home of their own.
There are many different stages of homelessness- rough sleeping on Dublin's streets, recovering from an alcohol detox in Usher's Quay, finding your feet in a temporary accommodation hostel, living in a B&B with your two kids....'Home' brings you on the journey of what it means to be homeless in Dublin today, through the stories of the people living those realities today.
'Home' was edited by PPI award winning sound engineer Lochlainn Harte.
For more information on how you can volunteer with the Dublin Simon Community, check out their website http://www.dubsimon.ie/
Rachael Ryan can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Listen to 'Home':