A national voluntary organisation founded by the Franciscans in 1969, Merchants Quay provides a range of care and treatment services for homeless men and women and for drug users.
Our goal is to build a society where the incidence of drug related harm – such as crime, poverty, HIV and homelessness – is greatly reduced, and the range and quality of drugs services are maximised.
Our mission is to provide the steppingstones for every point of a man’s or woman’s journey out of homelessness and addiction, and toward a drug free life, from a cup of tea and a hot meal, to needle exchange services aimed at reducing harm related to drug use, to help with housing and employment, to detox and drug free rehab services, settlement and aftercare support.
Dates and Numbers:
- High quality services for drug users since 1989.
- Residential treatment services since 1995.
- St. Francis Farm Therapeutic Community since 1998.
- Community assisted detox in partnership with local GPs at High Park residential service since 1998.
Open Access Homeless and Drugs Services at the refurbished Riverbank Centre providing a range of day, evening and night services to clients.
- Serving over 6,000 drug users in programmes based in 14 counties.
- 87 cents of every euro goes directly to client services and only 13 cents to administration and fundraising.