November 02, 2020

Sophia Housing, Mercy Law Take Holistic Approach to Homelessness in Ireland

Mercy Sr. Helena O'Donoghue, left, with Rutendo, a client of Mercy Law Resource Centre in Dublin. The center, set up by the Sisters of Mercy, provides free legal advice and representation to people experiencing homelessness.
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Editor: The Mercy Law Resource Centre is one of two agencies featured in this recent issue of Global Sisters Report. Established by the Sisters of Mercy, the Centre provides free legal advice and representation to people experiencing homelessness.

‘"In general in society, we see legal services as a last resort, as they cost the earth," said Mercy Sr. Helena O'Donoghue, the center's chairperson, who has been involved with the organization since its start in 2009. "You don't go looking for legal services unless you have no other way out. But people who are very poor can tend to lose the strength within themselves to fight for their situation, even though it is unjust and unfair, unless they have somebody with legal skill who can speak for their cause."…‘

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