Providing Homes - Supporting People
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Sophia owns or manages 365 homes across Ireland
In 2019 Sophia supported 1034 in homes of their own
In the past 4 years Sophia has increased the number of people it supports by 100%
Sophia Wins Public Sector Magazine Award
Sophia has been awarded The Public Sector Award for Excellence in Housing Services Supporting Families 2021
Sophia was delighted to be awarded the Public Sector Magazine Award for Excellence in Housing Services Supporting Families 2021.
This award is recognition of the emphasis Sophia places on providing quality homes with support for families. Since our foundation by Jean Quinn D.W over twenty years ago, Sophia has recognised the role a quality home and the environment around it plays in supporting a person to recover from the trauma of homelessness.
The award is also recognition of the support our staff have been committed to providing over the past 12 months and their commitment to excellence in all they do.
An Taoiseach Micheál Martin praises the work of Sophia
“Sophia is a charity that brings hope and security to people and families when they need it most, Sophia’s compassionate and holistic approach to homelessness has transformed lives for over 20 years.”
An Taoiseach Micheál Martin
An Taoiseach Micheál Martin praised the work of Sophia in moving vulnerable families and individuals out of homelessness during a visit to new homes in Cork City.
To mark the first Christmas in the new Cork complex Mr. Martin hung a house key on the Christmas tree, a symbol of hope at the close of a difficult year for so many families. In wishing residents a Happy Christmas Mr Martin also extended his wishes to all Sophia residents and staff throughout the country.
The visit to the new homes marks an extension of Sophia’s work in Cork City with Sophia now supporting over 100 people in Cork City and County at any one time.
The Taoiseach commenting on the Hollies Project said “I’m delighted Cork City Council and the Department of Housing were able to provide over €1million in funding to help Sophia acquire permanent, quality homes here at The Hollies for families and individuals moving out of homelessness.
An Taoiseach spoke to staff after visiting one of the new apartments:
Sophia is a lead partner in an Erasmus+ funded project in Trauma Informed Care and Psychologically Informed Environments. The project will see three European seminars being held, one in Cork, one in Lisbon and the final in event in Rome.
As part of the project, a number of webinars are also being held. The first webinar took place last October and Dr Peter Cockercell introduced staff from each partner organisation to the key concepts of Trauma-Informed Care.
The second webinar was held on Monday the 5th of July and was hosted by the Centro Hospitalar Psiquiátrico De Lisboa. The hospital is also one of 31 partners in Lisbon who form the Homeless Planning and Intervention Centre and provide innovative supports to people who are homeless and have mental health support needs.
The webinar, focussed on psychological supports and the complexity of need that has been seen in homeless people in Lisbon. You can find more information on the project and the webinar HERE.