We believe in the potential of people...
SJOG believes that every person has intrinsic worth and inherent dignity, and that with the right support each and every person can achieve their potential.
We don’t have one standard approach but creatively provide help and support to people in the way they want.
We continue to be inspired by the story of our founder, Saint John of God, who left us a legacy of providing value-based service to those most in need.
Our purpose is to provide people with the skills and the support to gain control of their own lives.
We are part of an international family of 500,000 co-workers, working in 500 centres of care in 50 countries, and impacting on over 7 million lives every year.
We don’t have one standard approach but creatively provide help and support to people in the way they want and to meet people’s needs, wishes and aspirations.
Every day we say ‘come in, you are very welcome’ and every day we are inspired by the strength, humanity and hospitality of the people that we work alongside.
Our first service for homeless people
Olallo House opened its doors for the first time on the 30th December 2008, when dinner was served to the first homeless people welcomed into this place of warmth and safety. Since then, more than 3000 have entered its doors.
Olallo House is the fruitful result of partnership between SJOG Hospitaller Services and the Poor Servants of the Mother of God, who provide the building, where together they respond to the need of the many.
SJOG’s reputation has grown in this specialist area, and we now provide a number of services throughout the country to respond to the plights of people who find themselves homeless or victims of trafficking.
Blessed José Olallo Valdés OH - Father of the Poor
The service was named after the Cuban Saint John of God Brother, José Olallo Valdes, who worked tirelessly with sick people and especially poor people in Cuba, notably during Cuba’s Ten Year War giving aid to people on both sides. He was much loved in his lifetime and was well known for his kindness and generosity; his nickname Father of the Poor was widely known.
His funeral was attended by the rich and famous, but also by a host of poor people who hailed him a hero of charity and they never forgot him.