The Alassar Family

“Here we are in heaven. We have three bedrooms, a kitchen, living room and two toilets We say, Thank you, Focus Ireland.”

The Allassar family experienced difficult times spending five years in direct provision and an additional 12 years struggling in the rental accommodation before Focus Ireland provided a home.

To Palestinian born Maher Allassar, his wife, Alla Korilenko, his 15-year-old stepson, Gleb, and their two-year-old daughter, Mariam the development of the Focus Ireland housing at Greenmount Close has changed their lives forever.

This modern development for elderly or disabled residents is suitable for Maher’s needs. He has polio and walks with a frame, albeit with difficulty. Allassar has great friends in the Irish Palestinian community, he says, particularly his GP, Dr Bassam Naser, who helped them apply for social housing under the disability category…


The Journey Home