Naas Point

Published on January 4, 2020

For over a year, a small group of Parishioners have been engaging with different groups and bodies to discern how we, as a Parish, might react in some way to the homelessness crisis in our country at present. Locally, the Fr McVerry Trust has been active in offering accommodation to a number of people in the Kildare area in two major projects, one in Newbridge and one in Kerdiffstown. There are also people who slip through the net of the different projects for shelter and need help in a more casual way. Protecting the dignity of all involved is paramount.
Our proposal is NaasPoint, a new venture for the Parish in Naas in reaching out. Each Monday, for February and March, a hospitality centre will be open in the Parish centre attached to the Church of the Irish Martyrs in Ballycane.
Initial funding for this project will go towards hospitality, providing a hot meal and the general experience of worth and welcome.
While one morning a week for two months seems little, it is a beginning and we hope to re -examine the situation afterwards and see where and how to focus this into the future. Volunteers will be needed and practical help of all kinds will be welcome. Please contact the Parish Office for more information or to offer to help. Thank you.