De Paul House – Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Auckland, New Zealand

The De Paul House provides housing accommodations and support services for families that become homeless to keep them together and teach them valuable skills that will help them get back into the job market. Aside from housing, food, clothing and furniture, De Paul House offers many life skill classes to help these families learn how to budget and prepare for their future. For families with school aged children they offer support to continue their schooling and benefit from after school homework help, printing and computer resources. For those families with pre-school aged children the Early Childhood Centre provides a spacious play area and qualified staff to prepare the younger children to enter school later.

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  • The De Paul House Team
  • The Kitchen of one of the renovated housing units
  • The Bedroom of one of the renovated housing units
  • The Bathroom of one of the renovated housing units
  • Artwork done by one of the children who relies on De Paul House for accommodation
  • Volunteers from De Paul House preparing care packages

History

In the early 1980’s, the members of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Northcote became deeply concerned about the number of families on the North Shore who were either living in overcrowded circumstances or were homeless. In 1986, the Daughters of Charity started the De Paul House, named after Saint Vincent de Paul and the work of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. The team of volunteers from De Paul House started supporting homeless people with 6 housing units at first and have consistently grown every year. Now they have a group of 87 registered volunteers who help to house between 80 and 100 individuals of which 60-70% are children.

Mission

The mission of the De Paul House is to help provide housing for homeless families as they look for employment opportunities and affordable housing. The De Paul House helps an average of 80 to 100 people every year while they transition from being homeless to finding work and long-term housing.

The charity is committed to enabling families to create real and long-term solutions to avoid becoming homeless again. De Paul House strives for long term change for families and reports a very high success rate: the majority of the families entering the programme do not find themselves homeless again and the children remain enrolled in school/childcare.

The Project supported by the Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust

Thanks to our support the De Paul House was able to renovate emergency family housing units owned and utilised by the De Paul House in Auckland, New Zealand. In addition, Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust has provided financial assistance to temporarily lease accommodation to ensure a minimum loss of capacity to families in need during the renovation works.