Our organisation was founded in 1941 to tackle the dreadful poverty in Dublin during the war years ("the Emergency"). First set up as the Catholic Social Service Conference, it provided food centres providing nourishing meals for those who were hungry, while the clothing department provided those in need with new clothes. The growth in Crosscare’s services has emerged as the needs and concept of poverty have kept changing n the Archdiocese over the past seventy years. However the central remit of our social support agency has always been to address and redress poverty, marginalisation and social exclusion in Dublin.
Catholic Youth Care (CYC) was founded in 1944 with the special remit of caring for the needs of young people outside the school setting. 2013 saw the integration of the Catholic Youth Care into Crosscare. It was a challenging, but exciting journey and we are all very proud of our new shared agenda and our broad range of excellent projects. Over the course of almost a year, service users and staff worked together to map out a new strategic plan: Faith to Action – Charting the right course for Crosscare 2014- 2019.
We look forward to this next phase in the life and journey of Crosscare and we are determined that the high standards of the past are maintained and the challenges of the future met with conviction and courage. This year, Crosscare celebrates its 75th anniversary. To mark this important milestone, a brief history of Crosscare was compiled by our former employee, Chris Murphy. To download this booklet, please click here.