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'More than anything I wanted a future’

Thursday, 20th April, 2017 1:01am

Focus Ireland has launched a special appeal which features Focus Ireland’s innovative Housing First For Young People service and explains how it is helping to change people’s lives.

The appeal uses the story of Paula (not her real name), a young woman who recently experienced a traumatic period of homelessness.

Paula said of her time homeless in sheltered accommodation and on the streets: “More than anything, I wanted a future. I wanted control of my life. I was sick of life being something that happened to me, having no choices. Always running.”

Focus Ireland was able to secure a place for Paula through its Youth Housing First approach.

Paula explained: “When I got in touch with Focus Ireland the staff were amazing. They’ve found me a temporary place to live and they’re going to help me to get a flat. I’m so excited! I can’t tell you how amazing it is to have a home and to not be on the streets anymore.

“One day soon I’m going to close my own door, lock it behind me and feel safe. I’m going to sit down, relax and start planning my next move. Looking for a job, doing a course and starting my new life.”

People can donate to Focus Ireland at focusireland.ie/donate.

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