Dennis Connolly was born in Shantalla in 1953, and had a very difficult childhood. When he left school, he had no-one to care for him and nowhere to go. Dennis was homeless.
He spent many years sleeping rough. He remembers walking around with cardboard in his shoes. He says it was a lonely time. In 1979, a group of Simon volunteers brought Dennis some soup and sandwiches.
With the help of his key-workers, over the next 40 years Dennis worked hard to develop the skills he needed to get his life back. He moved into his new home, his “paradise”, on 11th August, 2015.
He found his place.
He found himself again.
He’s been there ever since