In 2014, a few friends got together to carry out a small soup run around Dublin City providing meals, warm clothes, and whatever useful items they could get their hands on. The group reached high numbers of rough sleepers each night, and could see the extent to which rough sleepers relied upon the service. They decided to carry out the outreach service as often as possible with whatever items they could get their hands on. Soon after, the Facebook page was set-up and there was an overwhelming response from the public to help.
Humans Too then moved into their head office, grew the team of volunteers considerably, and assembled a management team and board of directors. Our new facility and organisational structure allowed us to coordinate and improve the outreach service. We also started to collaborate with other organisations. Our outreach service consisted of teams of volunteers taking different locations around the city, all of whom were equipped with hot meals cooked by our kitchen staff, warm clothes and sleeping bags, hygiene products, information on the various resources available to anyone sleeping rough, and often most importantly, a friendly chat.
In November 2015, we began managing the Bru hostel café – a government funded iniative that caters for 100 homeless people per night. Humans Too volunteers run this hostel and provide a friendly and professional service in a nice and relaxed environment.
Most recently Humans Too has started to support other groups in Dublin city who provide a similar service to Humans Too. Through our partnerships with other organisations we distribute food and supplies to other groups working with rough sleepers across the city. We operate this service, along with our own outreach service out of our head office on Aungier Street.