How We Started

How We Started

 Working holistically means working with the family as a unit. Creating a nurturing space specifically for children has proven to be an essential part of our service.

Providing space for people to have a quiet space is a vital part of the holistic approach. Our Wisdom Centres, meditative and gathering spaces within the housing complexes, are open to Sophia tenants and community groups to use.

Our holistic approach has meant that we have been able to successfully provide services for people with very complex needs, providing them with either a long- term home in our own projects or with the confidence to move into their own home. 

Sometimes people are only ready to take small steps towards creating a more stable home environment. Others may need only a minimum amount of support. Each person or each family is given the space and support to work at their own pace, in a safe space.

Jean Quinn, Founder, Sophia

 

Sophia Housing was founded  in 1997 by Jean Quinn a member of the Congregation of the Daughters of Wisdom. As DOW we were encouraged to embraced the challenges of our time especially around the most marginalized in our society. And so it was that Jean Quinn , arising from her great passion for a justice and her personal experience of people out of home saw the emergence of her own dream and Vision, namely to respond in a concrete way to the needs of homeless people 

Having the support of the Daughters of Wisdom, Jean embarked on a prolonged period of research to ensure that the service to be established would be one of excellence. She carried out her research in Scotland, France and the USA. Her dream was to have holistic supports for homeless especially families, enabling them to value their self worth, to find their own inner strengths and potential and bring about a positive change for good in their lives.

Sophia was set up as a collaborative venture involving many Religious Congregations who embraced the dream of making homelessness a priority for them and their communities. These communities continue to be immensely supportive to Sophia.

As we come to our 21st year - a new chapter begins for us, we pray that Sophia will continue to be a beacon of hope, a safe and nurturing place for those we are privileged to support in the Sophia Organisation.

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