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  • The Daughters of Charity have provided services to persons with intellectual disability in Ireland for over a century.  Read more ...
  • The Daughters of Charity Child and Family Services aim to provide a professional service to families and individuals who are experiencing difficulties by providing counselling, therapy and support.
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  • The Daughters of Charity Community Services [formerly St Vincent’s Trust] is a community educational organisation based in Dublin’s inner city.  Based on a model of integrated service it supports people of all ages who have experienced educational disadvantage
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  • Teaching was one of the first works undertaken by the Daughters of Charity who came to Drogheda in 1855, and North William Street, Dublin in 1857.  

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  • From their origin the Daughters of Charity have served the sick poor, seeing this as a continuation of Christ’s healing ministry.  

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  • The care of the older person has also been a priority in the work of Parish Ministry in which the community has been involved since its foundation.  Significant developments in this ministry have taken place over the years. 

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  • 'It is not enough for me to love God, if my neighbour does not love him’
    St. Vincent de Paul 

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  • The Daughters of Charity in collaboration with other agencies, Crosscare, Northern Ireland Executive and the Society of St Vincent de Paul with de Paul Ireland, provide various services. Read more ...
  • From the time Fr Robert Maloney CM was Superior General there has been a growing consciousness internationally of the need for collaboration among the different groups animated by the spirit of St Vincent de Paul and St Louise de Marillac.

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Services for Older People

The care of the older person has also been a priority in the work of Parish Ministry in which the community has been involved since its foundation.  Significant developments in this ministry have taken place over the years. 

From the experience of visiting many older people living in isolated rural areas in the vicinity of Carnew, Co Wicklow, the Daughters of Charity became involved in setting up Carnew Community Care, through which a variety of services continue to be provided for the older people of the area.  This is a collaborative project involving the Parish, local community, many interested individuals, HSE, FÁS and the Daughters of Charity.  Sheltered housing, day care facilities, provision of meals, home nursing, special needs response, social activities and a Citizen Information Centre are all provided.

Cara House is a voluntary community facility initiated by the Diocese of Cork and Ross to care for frail older people form the Northside Parishes of Cork City.  This facility is a collaborative project under the care of the Sisters of Mercy and the Daughters of Charity, supported by FÁS trainees and a wonderful band of volunteers who help to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that makes it home from home for the residents.

St John’s Rest and Care Centre, where thousands of sick and older pilgrims come each year, also provides a daily service for the older people of Knock Parish including social activities, personal development and education courses.  A Meals-on-Wheels service is provided for those who are housebound.

Many Parishes, where the sisters are involved, have Day Centres and Clubs which give older people an opportunity to meet and engage in social activities and provide friendship and support for each other.  Pastoral befriending and home help services are also provided on a voluntary basis to many older people in their own homes as well as in nursing homes and hospitals.

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