We are working with the Salvation Army’s Montreal women’s shelter Abri d’espoir, which provides housing to adult women in need. The shelter provides support services for these women, and facilitates their reintegration into society. Sixty beds are available for stays that vary in length (between one night to 24 months). The shelter is always open and provides meals, basic sanitary supplies (that is where we come in!), counseling, bilingual services, and more. Abri d’espoir helps approximately 500 homeless women per year.
Passages is an organisation that provides shelter and social insertion assistance to young women living in precarious situations, of ages ranging between 18 to 30. Passages’ mission is to offer women a welcoming place, which contributes their overall life, health and safety conditions. It accompanies women in all endeavours which can empower them in regaining agency in their lives. Passages builds a significant link with all the young women it hosts, providing them support exempt of any judgement. All of the organisation’s actions are guided by a desire for a welcome which, at the very least, allows for inclusion.
HerStreet is a shelter that promotes relational health and provides homeless women and those living in precarious positions with curative and preventative attention. On top of ensuring food and shelter, HerStreet offers the women therapeutic assistance and sustained support, in order for them to heal their relational wounds, rebuild their lives and regain their place in society.
In 2017, HerStreet took in 1,149 different women, all welcomed and assisted with care and compassion. In this way, it provided different women with a total of 20,000 overnight stays, 57,000 hours of professional moral support and 72,000 hot meals served morning and night.
St. michael's center
St. Michael's Mission is a non-profit organization that works directly with men and women living in precarious situations, the majority of whom live in homelessness. Their day center is an important link in the resource chain. Their offer psychosocial support, breakfast, lunch, showers and clothing to a multicultural clientele. Their goal is to offer personalized interventions to support their clients and to help them regain their place in today's society. They achieve this through collaboration with health professionals in the Montreal community, by referring individuals to the appropriate resources and allowing them to access the most appropriate care for their situation.
the Native women's Shelter
The goal of the Native Women's Shelter is to provide a safe environment where women can begin to rebuild their lives. They offer support and frontline services to First Nations, Inuit and Métis (Aboriginal) women and children to promote their empowerment and independence.This is the only women's shelter in Montreal that provides services exclusively to Aboriginal women and children.
Their team incorporates many different teachings from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis cultures in order to combine traditional healing techniques with contemporary ones in order to help these women address their traumas. The NWSM can accommodate up to 16 women per night, and their doors are always open.
the open door
The Open Door was founded in 1988 by a member of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Westmount in response to the increasing number of people, homeless or living in precarious situations, who came to the church in search of help. Many of them came looking for food, mental support or warm clothing in the winter. Today, The Open Door serves approximately 2,000 people each month, providing them with shelter, food, clothing, laundry, counselling, addiction and recovery services, low income housing for Inuit individuals, soapstone carving program, community and support.
Head and Hands
Since 1970, Head & Hands has provided medical, legal and social services to Montreal youth. Today, their services include free weekly drop-in medical clinics, legal information and consultations, counselling, a young parents' program, youth drop-in, tutoring, street workers, and the Sense Project peer-based sex ed in high schools. Their approach is preventative, inclusive, non-judgmental, and holistic. They facilitate social change and the empowerment of youth based on their current needs within our community and society at large. Our partnership with Head and Hands has enabled us to be more in touch with Montreal youth and their needs.
Chez Doris is a charitable organization offering a daytime shelter 7 days a week for all women in difficulty. The house provides meals, respite, clothing, socio-recreational activities as well as practical assistance in a secure and accepting environment. They aim to give women in need a safe and nonjudgmental environment where confidentiality is assured.