Six new apartments at Crossfire Trust’s Darkley House Headquarters were officially opened today (Monday 1st November 2010) by David Graham OBE, Board Member of the International Fund for Ireland.
The apartments represent an investment of ￡341,500 and have been funded by the International Fund for Ireland and Crossfire Trust. They will be used as part of the Trust’s Darkley House Care Programme, also funded by the International Fund for Ireland, which provides emergency accommodation and support to people who are experiencing homelessness for a wide variety of reasons.
Crossfire Trust was established in 1983 and delivers various programmes designed to bring about reconciliation and community development. This year, approximately 20 people have been helped through the Darkley House Care Programme. A further 20 people have been helped by the Programme’s outreach worker who delivers workshops, counselling and mentoring support as part of Crossfire Trust’s reconciliation work in the wider community.
Speaking at the official opening David Graham OBE, Board Member of the International Fund for Ireland, said: “The construction of the Courtyard Apartments will enable Crossfire Trust to extend its work within the sphere of community development by providing emergency shelter for those most in need of short-term ’bridge the gap’ accommodation.
“The International Fund has been a long-term supporter of Crossfire Trust’s work to bring about reconciliation and community development and create a greater shared understanding and a neutral space for local people from Unionist and Nationalist traditions.
“The International Fund for Ireland is keen to support projects, such as those delivered by Crossfire Trust, that help local communities to learn, work and live together as part of a shared future.”
Edmund McCullagh, Manager of Darkley House, said: “The Care Programme is aimed at reaching out to the needs of everyone in the locality and beyond. Many of the people who seek our help experience difficulties and hardship in their lives and often this is compounded with addictions and dependencies. “We seek to offer emergency interventions with problems associated with homelessness and having nowhere to live and offer these individuals the opportunity for continuous personal growth and self development.”
Ian Bothwell, Director of Crossfire Trust, said: “It is a dream come true to see the old garages at Darkley House replaced with these beautiful apartments which are fully furnished and already occupied by people enjoying a safe place. It marks a new day for Crossfire Trust and allows us to take our work a step further to a new level of dignity and respect.”
Crossfire Trust was established in 1983 and delivers various programmes designed to bring about reconciliation and community development. The financial targets required to support Crossfire Trust’s own contribution to the Programme were reached with the help of local individuals and supporters who attended concerts and fundraising dinners.
As part of its fundraising efforts the integrated college in Dungannon completed a parachute jump and held a host of other activities to raise funds to promote the vision and the work of the Trust.
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