Hostels for the Homeless
St Augustine's Parish collects foods and
other goods regularly each month for the House of Mercy.
The House of Mercy, 1 Edwin Street, Gravesend, is a registered charity
(Number 1087730) which provides hostel accommodation, support and a
positive future for single homeless people.
It all started in the late 1980s. The Sisters of Mercy, Gravesend, due
to an increase in the number of homeless people calling to their Convent
for food and clothing, decided to start a project for single homeless
people. Having looked at many properties in the town centre they eventually
leased a house in Edwin Street from the Archdiocese of Southwark. The
Sisters invited a male Religious Order, the Presentation Brothers, to
join them in the project at both a personnel and financial level. A
voluntary Management Committee was formed, staff appointed and the project
opened, as both a hostel and Day Centre in 1992.
In June 2012, thanks to the generosity
of the Sisters, they were able to open a four bedroom Second Phase house.
This house is McAuley House and is also situated in Gravesend.
In 2014 The Charity acquired the old Rising
Sun Public House and refurbished it into a 12 bed hostel Mary Ann Doyle
House for single homeless people.
Today the House of Mercy has a staff of
ten and each resident has a Key/Resettlement Worker with whom they meet
at least once a week.Today they have 22 beds available for residents
The House of Mercy and Mary Ann Doyle House