About Us

The Mendicity Institution is the oldest working charity in Dublin. Established in 1818, it has been in operation for nearly 200 years creating opportunities for people experiencing homelessness, isolation and marginalization to live better lives.

We help people empower themselves so they can work their way out of homelessness and deprivation. We are inclusive, we are innovative and we provide quality service to all people who come to us.

polski  –  lietuvių  –  română – русский


New Workshop with Thanks to the Heart to Hand Foundation

We are very grateful for the amazing volunteers from the ‘Heart to Hand’ foundation, who have built a Workshop in a day! Thank you to Pat, Kieran and the team for making it possible for our Workshop staff, long-term homeless, to have a safe and warm place to work.

Window and Flower Boxes Now Available!

Our window and flower boxes, hand painted and carved by Dublin’s homeless in the Mendicity Workshop are now available in Urban Plant Life in Cork Street, the Holistic Centre of Ireland in Rathmines and Doyle’s Nursery and Garden Centre in Cabinteely. Please drop by and choose your favourite.  

Mendicity cards for sale

The Mendicity Workshop cards, handmade by Dublin’s homeless, are now available in The Bodyshop (Grafton Street) and Reads Print in Nassau Street. Drop by and choose your favourite!    

Christmas Festivities in Mendicity!

Today home baked cookies, traditional foods from all over Europe and Santa’s Grotto filled with surprises for all. A special thank you to all Santa’s helpers who made it happen!  

Vote for us in the Better Together video competition!

Have a look at our latest video for the Better Together competition. Please click the link and support our clip. Anyone can vote more than once! http://www.bettertogether.ie/video/mendicity-institution-1818

Latvian Ambassador expresses concern over homeless nationals in Ireland

During his visit to the Mendicity Institution on Thursday 22nd of September, Mr. Gints Apals, Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to Ireland, expressed concern over the situation of homeless foreign nationals in Ireland. ‘The Latvian community in Ireland is relatively small, compared to the Polish, Lithuanian and Romanian, somewhere in the region of 30,000’, … Continue reading “Latvian Ambassador expresses concern over homeless nationals in Ireland”


Browse Projects

Food Centre

  FOOD CENTRE – FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD This was one of our first projects, dating back to 1818. For almost 200 years, we have been serving homemade nutritious meals, free of charge, no questions asked. Our meals include: Breakfast Monday to Friday at 9.00-9.30 and Saturday 10.00-11.00 Early lunch Monday to Friday at 10.30 – … Continue reading “Food Centre”

Mendicity Workshop

Mendicity Workshop Programme At the beginning of the 19th century, Dublin city centre was home to many homeless, destitute Irish families, men, women and children. Troubled by their poverty, a group of Protestant businessmen set up a charity similar to, yet more humane than the workhouses of the time. We taught men and women a … Continue reading “Mendicity Workshop”

Mendo Shed

Mendo Shed For the homeless spending all day on the streets is problematic, it can be demoralising and dangerous. The Mendo Shed provides an alternative. Activities include dog minding, gardening, photography, making videos, mapping local graveyard, digitalising archival records, building structures for local festivals, maintaining football pitch, and more. It gives them time, space and … Continue reading “Mendo Shed”

Employment and Integration

Employment and Integration Project – from the streets to independent living Running since 2012, this is currently our biggest and busiest project. It aims to facilitate a path to independent living for homeless, vulnerable, poor and socially marginalised individuals. It provides complex assistance that allows for access to employment, training, welfare supports, detox, and medical … Continue reading “Employment and Integration”

Migrant Prison In‑reach

Migrant Prison In-reach Approximately 11% of prisoner population in Ireland are EU migrants, and many from Central and Eastern Europe. Many of them do not speak English, have no family here, no entitlement to social welfare support upon release, and no home to return to. Migrant Prison In-Reach Project helps support Central/Eastern European migrant prisoners … Continue reading “Migrant Prison In‑reach”

Community Support

Community Support As we are located in one of the poorest areas of Dublin, we want to provide the local community with activities and opportunities. Over the years, we have developed several activities that involve and support the local community and give the local children a better start in life.  


Besides providing basic English language skills, TELL allows the participants the opportunity to learn, practice and consolidate their job seeking and workplace English vocabulary. The aim of TELL is to consolidate and expand a basis of conversational and functional spoken English, including vocabulary for target industries with frequent employment opportunities, such as catering, warehouse, cleaning … Continue reading “TELL”