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Organisations: Passionist Congregation
People: Bill Kilgallon
Locations: Leeds


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From A Special Correspondent

A new day shelter, to cater for the homeless men that wander about the centre of Leeds, Yorks., is being opened within the next two months.

It will replace the present day shelter. opened in a basement of St. Anne's Cathedral. Leeds, following the Oluwale case in 1971.

Fr. Bill Kilgallon, founder of the present day shelter, and Fr. Paulinus Healy, a member of the Passionist Congregation and a trained social worker, will again be in charge of the operation.

Their new premises will he in the former canteen of a Leeds engineering firm which is now owned by Leeds Corporation.

Outlining this major step in the development of day-time facilities for homeless people that the new premises will provide, Fr. K ilgallon, a priest at St. Anne's Cathedral. said they have only been made possible because of the generous offer of the premises by Leeds Corporation.

There are 11 rooms in the new day shelter, which these two priests hope to open within the next two months, and they will have to pay an annual rent of £1,800 to Leeds Corporation.

Included in the equipment

that has been left in the building is a full kitchen range. two gas ovens, one steam oven, two deep frying pans, a number of hot plates and a large deep freeze.

But it is not only the food that these two priests hope to improve, for they are planning an ambitious programme that will include the setting up of a number of small workshops where the men will be able to tackle a number of jobs. in eluding handicrafts.

Before they can move ir, to their new premises, which will be open between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. each day, a massive clean up is needed.

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