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We are well used to rolling up our sleeves to accommodate homeless people like Andrew

Andrew is one of 5 children, all boys. He graduated from Trinity College in the 1980s with a degree in history but he was more interested in computers, so he drifted into a career in IT.

The Salvation Army Staff are very kind to me; they are currently trying to get me a place longer-term

Some years afterwards Andrew lost family members in an accident and became very depressed and started to miss work. One day he found himself standing by a railway bridge contemplating jumping over.

A friend who worked in the medical profession helped him recover from his depression.  Andrew started to see a therapist regularly and things were looking up for him. He returned to work and was fine for a couple of years. But then his depression returned and, again, he became unemployed.

Running out of money he spent nights in various places, but mostly in St Bricin’s a hostel for men which is run by The Salvation Army Ireland.

He has a routine where every day he does volunteer work in the local library and stays there till the phone lines for the hostels for homeless people open at about 4 o’clock. As he says himself:

“Every afternoon I ring to see if I can get any place to sleep that night. If I don’t get anywhere I have stayed in Starbucks all night. There is so much uncertainty you never know if there is going to be a bed for you. I have noticed that there are a lot of homeless people in the library where I volunteer.

You travel light – carrying everything you own with you- clothes and food. I have stayed in more than 8 different hostels since January.”