Earlier this month Stephen and Margaret Tindall accepted a special plaque in honour of their family foundation’s longstanding relationship with de Paul House over the last 18 years.
The beautiful bronze plaque, which was blessed in special ceremony, has been placed on the wall outside the new child care centre to acknowledge the special contribution and support of The Tindall Foundation. A second plaque was unveiled to recognise the tireless work and support of former board member Sean O’Sullivan who died last year.
De Paul House is a unique place that provides housing and family support service to low income, homeless families. Based on Auckland’s North Shore, the organisation helps families address the issues that have lead to them being homeless, and after around six months assists them to re-establish themselves in the community.
Donations from The Tindall Foundation have supported many of de Paul House’s services to families and the community over the years, including the learning centre for adult residents and child care centre for pre-school children, both of which have recently been redeveloped with new purpose-built facilities. The living skills courses that are taught in the learning centre are of great benefit to residents, offering them classes in budgeting, literacy, parenting, employment, cooking and computer skills, while their preschool children attend playgroup.
Manager at de Paul House, Jan Rutledge, says, “This long-standing commitment from The Tindall Foundation has allowed de Paul House to provide much-needed services to our families over many years. The recent upgrade of our learning centre and child care centre, where our playgroup is run, means the families who access our services have a wonderful new environment for learning. A big thank you from de Paul House and our families.”
Co-founder of The Tindall Foundation, Margaret Tindall, has been volunteering at the playgroup for 20 years and de Paul House and the families it supports are very close to her heart.