Richard is 52 and originally from Estonia. He has been sleeping rough for many years outside a supermarket in Paris. He first came to Depaul’s Mobil’douche, a van where rough sleepers can shower, have a hot drink and wash their clothes, and now regularly attends our day centre: Accueil Périchaux. Staff describe him as respectful and polite, and he is always very thankful for any support he receives. He used to work as a croupier and is always proud to show off his card dealing skills.
One cold, wet morning he arrived at Depaul in a lot of pain. He had been assaulted during the night and had a broken rib. At the day centre he was able to warm up with a coffee, have a shower and see the nurse. He had been to A&E and received a prescription for painkillers, but without health insurance or ID papers he wasn’t able to buy the medication. Depaul is working with Richard to access basic medical insurance from the state, however the process is long and complicated so in the meantime Depaul has been able to help him by buying his medication. His gratitude was incredibly touching. He is now on the mend and returns to the day centre regularly so we can check on his progress.