An elderly woman eats a meal from a plastic bowl, provided by the Homeless Street Cafél in Dublin City Centre on Tuesday
The ‘Homeless Street Café’ writes:
Tuesday night was essentially a “successful” night for us. We had food for everyone, lots of clothes and toiletries and even treats for most people. Our volunteers looked after our service users and our cooks and bakers outdid themselves.
But even on your best night it’s nothing but a plaster or a Band-Aid on what is just a horrific wound.
This issue is beyond crisis.
People always want to talk to us about the children we meet and how sad that is. If I’m honest I find the older generation that use our service even more heartbreaking.
It seems there is no time left for change for them, a dearth of hope really.
To be living in food or heat poverty at their age, relying on a soup kitchen for necessities is horrifying to witness.
I watch this woman eat her meal from a plastic bowl on a window sill every week and I despair that this is her ‘golden years’.
…Please vote with these people in mind on the 8th, the current government has failed miserably while claiming to be successful, time for radical change!