De Paul House was nominated as 1 of 10 groups in NZ’er of the Year Awards -Community of the Year 2018. De Paul House was delighted to be nominated and congratulates all the nominees! Thank you for the recognition and congratulations to the final 3 groups. What great company to be in. Please visit their page for full details. https://www.facebook.com/newzealanderoftheyear/?hc_ref=ARTaseA0KBMAjL3paI_ktvYZdAR4my2z_ITCnD03uzsQb1kPehTST3ULjWg6qaH0oVg&fref=nf
De Paul House celebrated the Feast Day of our patron saint, St Vincent de Paul on 27th September with our annual Awareness event. At such anniversaries we always reflect on the practical approach to caring offered by St Vincent de Paul and St Louise de Marillac (the patron saint of social workers)
The relevance of their work and philosophy is daily evidenced by our team at De Paul House. In the last 3 months, De Paul House has rehoused 144 individuals or 37 families. In the last month 50% of the families living with us included a working adult. While numbers can never capture the story behind these families and the despair of their situation, it does speak to the overwhelming need for increased affordable and social housing.
The diggers have arrived and the work has started! We can now start to make the physical changes to our premises that will allow us to improve and expand the services we are able to offer to our families.
Bishop Patrick Dunn blessed the site for redevelopment following a Mass to celebrate the feast of St Vincent de Paul. The ceremony was led by Maori Elders Rangi Davis and Whaea Kataraina; and our families, staff, supporters and members of the local community all joined us for what was a fitting start to our future plans.
The new Childcare Centre and Learning Centre are part of phase one of the redevelopment, followed by increased self-contained accommodation for families in need. We’re incredibly proud of the high standards of our accommodation, and we plan on making all units self-contained through this redevelopment as well as increasing the total number of units to 11.
We provide an excellent standard of care for our children in our current playgroup and are very excited that they will have ground level indoor/outdoor flow in a modern building built to Ministry of Education standards. Our new Learning Centre will allow us to offer modern and relevant educational courses for adults and programmes for children afterschool and during the holidays.
We have raised the majority of the money for the project but invite you to play a valuable part in this exciting venture by financially supporting us. Currently we can only accommodate 1 in 13 families who apply to us for housing support and with your help we aim to increase this number over time.