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Morning Star House

  • Income

    £859.7K

  • Spending

    £942.2K

  • Status

    Up-to-date

Charity no. 101035 Date registered. 20/02/2017

Public benefits

The direct benefits which flow from purpose 1 include relief of homelessness, decreased isolation, and support for individuals and families leading to better and healthier relationships. The direct benefits which flow from purpose 2 include improved mental and emotional health and wellbeing, and equality of opportunity. The direct benefits

which flow from purpose 3 include increased confidence and self-esteem; and enhanced capacity to develop as individuals and members of the community, empowered to make a positive contribution to society through being engaged and supported in their personal development, including physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually. The direct benefits which flow from purpose 4 include improved mental and emotional health and wellbeing, access to educational opportunities and increased spiritual and personal development. The direct benefits which flow from purpose 5 include enhanced capacity to develop as individuals and members of the community, able to play their part in the wider world. The direct benefits which flow from purposes 6 and 7 include increased understanding of the Catholic faith, and promotion of a moral framework encouraging people to be good citizens. The direct benefits which flow from purpose 8 include increased education leading to improved welfare and wellbeing, and increased productivity. The direct benefits which flow from purpose 9 include relief of need, better lifestyle choices, less homelessness and addictive behaviour, reduction of self-harm and harm. These benefits are demonstrated through feedback from our beneficiaries and evaluations of our services by the NI Housing Executive. The slim possibility of perceived harm to the residents of Morning Star House in becoming institutionalised is mitigated with procedures in place to reduce length of stay. The risk of becoming institutionalised in outweighed by the benefits of having accommodation. The beneficiaries of all our purposes are the residents of Morning Star House the families of the residents, the wider community and emergency services. There is no private benefit to the Management Committee and Trustees in their duties of running the charity.

What your organisation does

Morning Star House provides temporary accommodation for homeless men in Belfast by providing a safe and secure environment for residents with the appropriate levels of staff-cover and pastoral care. The hostel provides accommodation for 31 men in single rooms as well as 4 crash beds and 4 semi-independent apartments. A total of 39 men. The Hostel

provides advice and assistance to all residents allocating each resident a keyworker who will help with primary health care, budgeting, debt management, mental health issues, substance misuse issues and future resettlement.

The charity’s classifications

  • The prevention or relief of poverty
  • The advancement of religion
  • The advancement of health or the saving of lives
  • The relief of those in need by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage

Who the charity helps

  • Addictions (drug/solvent/alcohol abuse)
  • Homelessness
  • Men

How the charity works

  • Accommodation/housing
  • Advice/advocacy/information
  • Counselling/support
  • Religious activities

This display is a broad summary of the charity’s financial information. For a full understanding of the charity’s finances, the reader should view the PDF accounts and reports under the Documents tab above.

Income

£859.7K

Spending

£942.2K

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2018

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charitable purposes

The objects of the Hostel shall be;- (a) to carry on for the benefit of the community the provision of accommodation for men 18 years and over who are homeless upon terms appropriate to their means. In particular the Hostel shall provide accommodation for homeless men who suffer other disadvantages, inter alia, addiction to alcohol, drugs, gambling that render them unable to secure other accommodation. (b) to promote the welfare and well-being of all its guests irrespective of race, creed, sexual inclination, religious or political opinion. (c) to foster the conditions within the Hostel that will empower the guests to help themselves through the establishment of a homely, caring and supportive environment in which to live. (d) to promote the welfare and well-being of all guests and in particular to work to improve their health, education, training and to foster their spiritual and personal development. (e) to encourage a spirit of self-help and self-development through the maintenance of a patient, caring and supportive environment. (f) to establish within the Hostel a Catholic ethos which respects the dignity of every person and which is based on the practical aspects of Christian ethics and Catholic social doctrine on poverty, homelessness and the person. (g) to encourage and promote the embracing and deepening of a faith in Christ as an object and means of improving the welfare and well-being of all guests. (h) to encourage and promote education and training as a means of improving the welfare and well-being of all guests. (i) to work to relieve poverty, its causes and consequences among all guests. The hostel aims to encourage co-operation with other persons, groups, agencies, bodies and associations to achieve the objects of the Hostel.

Governing document

Constitution

Other name

  • 8 Trustees
  • 35 Employees
  • 30 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Morning Star House (Legion Of Mary), Morning Star House, 2 Divis Street, Belfast, BT12 4AD

Trustee board

Trustee
Mr Patrick Doherty
Mr James Cassidy
Mr William Higgins
Tony Fitzsimons
Mr Michael Mccurley
Mr Ropert Dowey
Mr Martin Mulholland
Mr Martin Dummigan

List of regions

  • Lisburn And Castlereagh City Council