Our Progress

2017

2017 saw Sophia mark 20 years of providing homes and supporting people revoker from the trauma of homelessness across ireland. 

October 2018 - Sophia and their collaborative partner, Midlands Simon Community, hosted eight members of the SMES Europa network to Ireland to participate in a series of project visits, workshops and seminars around the issue of homelessness and to exchange best practice and share models on how to effectively support people emerging from homelessness.

In December 2017 Sophia in association with Dublin City Council welcomed 29 families into their new homes in Knocknarea Court Drimnagh. Sophia's Project in Knocknarea Court consists of 14 three bed and 15 two bed homes and gave 105 people include 76 children homes and wrap around supports away from the chaos of homelessness and emergency accommodation.

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2016

In October 2016, Sophia Housing and Midlands Simon Community entered into an innovative collaboration agreement aimed at attaining greater efficiencies and cost effectiveness. Both organisations are grounded in a common value base and are committed to shared model of service delivery. In particular, Midlands Simon Community and Sophia Housing believe that services need to be designed to ensure that individuals, couples and families are not just offered service but are offered support to successfully recover from the experience of homelessness. Both organisations share the position of CEO and are jointly involved in projects aimed at supporting more people to successfully exit homelessness.

Sophia appoints a new CEO Tony O'Riordan

 

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2015

In November of 2015 Sophia opened our project on Sean McDermott St. Consisting of 18 self-contained one bedroom apartments for couples with complex support needs, the project is an innovative approach to supporting couples recovering from the trauma of homelessness who also have complex support needs. 

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2013

Five year Strategic Plan adopted.

Head of Fundraising appointed.

National Services Manager appointed.

National Fundraising Manager appointed.

Chartered Accounted employed as Financial Accountant.

Lord mayor of Corks visits Sophia to meet residents and staff.

Planning Permission granted for Sean McDermot Street .

development by Dublin City Council.

Tubbercurry Project Manager recruited.

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2012

Second phase of Tubbercurry project in Sligo is completed with 32 apartments available Minister Jan O’Sullivan launches Sophia’s Annual report.

Lord Mayor of Cork officiates at Sophia Corks 10th anniversary.

New CEO appointed.

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2011

First phase of new Tubbercurry project is completed offering accommodation for 24 persons with intellectual disabilities in collaboration with Wisdom Services, Cregg House.

The provision of one unit of housing and support for a family in South Hill, in conjunction with Limerick City Council.

Churchtown service changed from Transitional to Emergency.

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2009

10th anniversary celebrations of founding of Sophia in Cork Street, Dublin.

New development in Douglas Street, Cork in conjunction with VEC and Cork County Council offering supported accommodation to people in full time education.

Provision of Tenancy Sustainment support in 15 units of housing provided through RAS.

Fourteen units of housing for single women in Mount Saint Vincent's, Limerick.

Greystones, County Wicklow project, with eight houses becomes fully operational. This is a collaboration with Cheshire who have nine houses in the small estate. Sophia offers long-term general support to tenants.

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2008

Two bungalows are purchased in Cairns Hill, Sligo, offering supported accommodation for people with intellectual disabilities.

Began providing outreach support to families and individuals in the regeneration areas in Limerick.

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2007

Official opening of Cork Street Project (Dublin) with President Mary McAleese - 50 Apartments, meeting rooms, nurturing centre, café and Wisdom Centre.

Provision of ten long-term units of housing in Togher, Cork (4 x 1 bed and 6 x 2 bed duplexes).

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2006

Project in Tallaght opened with 22 apartments, 12 short-term, 10 long-term.

Sophia is part of a consortium with other social housing providers Cluid, Sonas and HAIL.

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2005

Donabate project opened - 21 houses offering long-term accommodation with a nurturing centre, meeting spaces and counselling rooms.

Official opening by President Mary McAleese on Sept 15th.

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2004

Churchtown project opened - Camberly House offered six 2-Bed Apartments - Transitional Housing (12-18 Months).

A further 3 apartments are leased from Cork County Council on Leitrim Street providing short-term accommodation and support.

The Fingal outreach programme began.

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2003

Cork City Projects were officially launched:

  • 9 apartments in Sullivan's Quay - short-term accommodation
  • 5 apartments in Riverway - 5 two-bed - short-term accommodation
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2002

Ballymun Family Support Services began in partnership with Dublin City Council.

Ballymun project begins - Ballymun Regeneration offers 6 houses and offices in the area

Acquisition of apartments from Cork City Council Commenced.

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2001

Sophia's offices are moved to St. Joseph's Hostel, Cork Street, Dublin 8, on property donated by the Sisters of Mercy.

Sophia starts providing support to the residents of the on-site hostel.

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1997

With the support of the Daughters of Wisdom Jean Quinn began researching approaches to homelessness for 2 years, with her research complete in 1997, Jean founded Sophia. Her idea was to create projects around family homelessness and give them wrap around holistic support.

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