Supporting the Homeless
For over 20 years, one of the main efforts of the British & Irish delegation of the Constantinian Order has been the support of the homeless. This position was reinforced by the Grand Magistry of the Constantinian Order in Rome when in September 2014 a new international programme entitled: “The Hunger of our Neighbour” was launched. The British & Irish delegation has been a longstanding supporter of several homeless charities over the past 20 years including The Passage, St Thomas Fund and Citywise Dublin.
The Passage Homeless Centre
Founded by the late Cardinal Basil Hume, The Passage is one of Britain’s largest support centres for the homeless in London. It was chosen in 2001 as one of the delegation’s adopted charities. The Constantinian Order has donated tens of thousands of pounds in support of its essential services as well as donating office supplies, computers and furniture. The Passage has over the years seen regular visits to their London headquarters by our Grand Master HRH The Duke of Castro and his wife, HRH The Duchess of Castro.
Most recently in 2014, the British & Irish Delegation were the main sponsor of the charity’s Annual Gala Concert ‘A Night Under The Stars’ held at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The Order also sponsored the 2014 Christmas Carol Service at St Margaret’s Church at Westminster Abbey, London. For more information on The Passage Homeless Centre and how to donate, click here.
Among previously supported charities for the homeless were:
St Thomas Fund
The British and Irish Delegation donated several thousand pounds to the St Thomas Fund through our Chaplain, the late Father Mark Turnham Elvins until 2014. The St Thomas Fund offers assistance to the homeless across England and had a special focus on the south coast. The fund currently focuses on its residential substance misuse rehabilitation project aiming to support people in managing their lives without illicit drugs and alcohol through group work and one to one support. For more information on St Thomas Fund and how to donate, click here.
De Paul Trust
The British and Irish delegation of the Order assisted up until 2006 the De Paul Trust of Ireland, which offers support to the homeless in Ireland and was adopted for charitable purposes in 2004. The De Paul Trust of Ireland, in conjunction with the City of Dublin, run the first ‘wet centre’ for long term street drinkers and the homeless in Dublin’s Aungier Street. For more information on De Paul Trust and how to donate, click here.