The History of Dublin Simon Community

Dublin Simon Community was founded by a group of Trinity and UCD students in 1969, who began by providing much-needed soup and sandwiches to people who were sleeping rough in Dublin city centre.

In addition to the Soup Run, which still goes out 365 nights of the year, Dublin Simon Community provide many services which aim to help those who are sleeping rough on the streets, people who are in their own accommodation but at risk of homelessness and those who are at any of the stages in between.


The first Soup Run was founded by students from Trinity College and UCD.


Our first supported housing service opened. Today we provide a range of housing services.


Rough Sleeper Team established providing support, advice and health services.


Ushers Island opened. Today it provides addiction treatment and recovery services.


Our first training, education and employment services were set up.


Resettlement service established. We now provide prevention services and tenancy support.


Alcohol Detox and Rehab opens at Ushers Island.


Social Club established.


Learning and Development service established.


Harm Reduction Service set up by Rough Sleeper Team.


  • Mobile Health Unit set up with Safetynet.
  • Support to Live Independently Service established in partnership with four Dublin Local Authorities.


We expanded our housing support services into Kildare, Wicklow and Meath.


Housing Management Service expanded to manage Simon’s supported and independent accommodation.


We opened new counselling rooms as part of expanding our Sure Steps Counselling.


  • We expanded our homeless specific Community Employment Scheme, with opportunities for placements across our services.
  • We opened “The Hub” beside our treatment services at Ushers Island, transforming a derelict warehouse into exercise and creative rooms for our health, wellbeing, education and creativity services
  • Our new 30 bed emergency accommodation at Longfields opened its doors in December.
  • We expanded our homelessness prevention services into Cavan and Louth.


  • We opened a Step Up Step Down Intermediate Care Facility at Ushers Island in partnership with Safetynet Primary Care.
  • We expanded our homelessness prevention into Monaghan.