The History of Dundalk Simon Community

Since 1973, Dundalk Simon Community has offered opportunity and hope to local people. As the largest organisation serving those at-risk and homeless in the north-east of Ireland, Dundalk Simon Community changes lives by providing a wide range of services and support.

  • 1973

    Dundalk Simon was founded on January 31st 1973 on the caring principles laid down by Anton Wallich-Clifford. A soup run was initiated which operated for six months. In September 1973 a small two room premises on Francis Street was opened as a Friendship Centre, proving an evening meal and a place for conversation for people who were homeless in the town.

  • 1974

    In January 1974, overnight accommodation was provided at the centre for five men.

  • 1975

    In January 1975, a £7,000 loan was secured to buy a ten-roomed house in Barrack Street (Sunnyside House).

  • 1976

    Finances were a key concern, prompting the opening of the shop in 1976, still situated in Yorke Street today.

  • 1995

    In 1995 Sunnyside House was completely redesigned and now houses our 24/7 emergency accommodation project and crisis shelter. To complement the work of Sunnyside House we opened.

  • 2002

    The Crescent Project in 2002 as a residential project specifically dedicated to working with young men with a learning disability who were at risk of homelessness.

  • 2006

    Our Daycentre at Seatown House opened in 2006, to offer support to the growing number of former residents now living independently in Dundalk.

  • 2013

    Since 2013 we have been registered as an approved housing body providing housing for homeless people with 5 social care houses and 12 transitional housing units in current stock.

More than a place to stay, today we provide 24/7 emergency accommodation, crisis shelter, transitional and social housing, along with comprehensive day centre services