Management company takes over at centre for Ukrainian refugees

Volunteers thank public for support

The manager of the Roscommon Volunteer Centre has issued a heartfelt thanks to the public for their support in welcoming Ukrainian refugees to the former Cuisle Centre in Donamon following confirmation that a management company has been installed at the centre.

Shannette Budhai was speaking this week following news that a property management company, believed to be All Pro Services, is now responsible for the running of the facility.

“Roscommon Volunteer Centre was invited out to Donamon in March by Roscommon County Council to help provide support to those arriving from Ukraine,” Shannette said.

“The former Cuisle building had been left vacant since its closure and so there were no staff members to prepare the accommodation. The local Lions Club then put out a call which resulted in lots of donations and 100 people helping to transform the building overnight”.

Volunteers at the centre were asked to lend a hand with mopping floors, changing bed linen and preparing meals as refugees arrived from war-torn Ukraine.

“Regular volunteers got to know residents and built up a rapport with the Ukrainian people which allowed them to practice their English. This effort helped them to integrate in Roscommon while ensuring the work became a labour of love for volunteers,” Shannette added.

Volunteers were informed earlier this month that a management team would be taking over the running of the centre.

“From the beginning we always knew it would be temporary and at the beginning of June we were told a management team were coming in so we transitioned to offering support from our central base in Roscommon town,” Shannette said.

“Here at Roscommon Volunteer Centre we are so proud of the work of volunteers in supporting the Ukrainians who arrived here. We are also very grateful to the public for all their support since March.

“We are hoping to have a celebration for volunteers and residents once we get permission to have a picnic or some other event on the grounds of Donamon”.

Meanwhile, the Roscommon Lions Club have sought a meeting with Roscommon County Council, All Pro, and Divine Word Missionaries with a view to discussing the future needs of Ukrainians staying in Donamon.

The Roscommon People has contacted All Pro seeking a comment regarding the latest developments at the centre, but none was forthcoming at the time of going to press.