Homelessness charity the Depaul Trust is launching an international arm called the Depaul Foundation to spread its work across the 10 new EU states.
The international wing will be headed by trust chief executive Mark McGreevy, who becomes the foundation's director from 1 October after 15 years with the trust.
McGreevy said the foundation would co-ordinate international work, promote a "common culture" throughout the organisation, and target homelessness within the new EU member states.
It will focus on central and eastern Europe, where economic changes over the past 15 years have led to particular issues with homelessness. McGreevy is to set up a day centre in Slovakia later this year, then move on to Slovenia and Poland.
The decision to create the foundation adheres to the current corporate plan to contribute expertise where there is a need, while learning from other cultures and traditions. That plan led to the formation of a subsidiary, Depaul Trust Ireland, in 2000, which will also become a separate charity at the start of next year.
The trust is currently hunting a replacement for McGreevy.