For over one hundred years the Daughters of Charity have provided services to people with intellectual disability and to their families in the Dublin area. Many positive changes have occurred during that period. These changes include how services are delivered.

Today the focus is on being people-centred, and RESPECT work closely with the Daughters of Charity Service to ensure that where possible, services are delivered to people of all ages who attend from their own homes. Where this is not possible, residential services in a variety of settings which are appropriate to the needs of the individual are provided in an area close to their homes.

When a capital project has been identified as an unmet need for service users, RESPECT as the fund raising arm of Daughters of Charity, takes action.  RESPECT provides initial support and advocacy, with matching funds to government capital assistance grants and donations. RESPECT has raised and contributed €9 million to major projects at Bethel House, St Louise’s Glenmaroon and St Joseph’s Clonsilla, in 2001, 2006 and 2014. This enables a high standard of finishing and fit out.  The finished buildings in the Glenmaroon and Clonsilla projects resulted in state of the art developments in both locations. Support to Service activities has also been provided with vehicles and donations.

Building and redevelopment projects supported by RESPECT over 15 years have included Sonas Project at St Josephs Clonsilla (2014), St. Louise’s Glenmaroon (2006) and Bethel House (2001).