Abri d’Espoir, Salvation Army’s women’s shelter, provides housing to adult women in need. The shelter provides support services to its users, and facilitates their reintegration into society. Sixty beds are available for stays that vary in length (between one night and 24 months). The shelter, which is bilingual, is always open and provides meals, basic sanitary supplies, counseling, and more. Abri d’Espoir helps approximately 500 homeless women annually.
Passages is an organisation that provides shelter and social reinsertion assistance to women between the ages of 18 and 30 living in precarious situations. Passages’ mission is to provide a welcoming and inclusive space which positively contributes to women’s overall life, health, and safety conditions. It accompanies women through empowering endeavours, allowing them to experience a renewed sense of agency. Passages nurtures a significant link with all the women it hosts, providing them with judgement-free support.
HerStreet is a shelter that promotes relational health and provides homeless women and those living in precarious positions with curative and preventive attention. In addition to providing food and shelter, HerStreet offers therapeutic assistance and sustained support for the women which it serves, allowing them to heal their relational wounds, rebuild their lives, and regain their place in society. In 2017, HerStreet helped 1,149 women, all of whom were welcomed and assisted with care and compassion. These women benefited from 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 people living in precarious situations, the majority of whom live in homelessness. Their day center offers psychosocial support, meals, showers, and clothing, with the aim of providing personalized interventions to support their clients and aid in their reintegration into society. This is accomplished through collaborations with health professionals in the Montreal community, and through the rxc eferring of individuals to the appropriate resources and 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 women and children to promote their empowerment and independence. They are the only women’s shelter in Montreal to provide services exclusively to Indigenous women and children. Their team incorporates many different teachings from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis cultures in combining traditional and contemporary healing techniques in order to help these women address and heal from their traumas. The Native Women’s Shelter 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 and Hands has provided medical, legal and social services to Montreal youth. Currently, their services include free weekly drop-in medical clinics, legal information and consultations, counselling, a young parents’ program, youth drop-in, tutoring, access to street workers, and the Sense Project, a peer-lead sex education initiative in high schools. Their approach is preventative, inclusive, non-judgemental, and holistic. They create social change and empower youth within our community and within society at large through a focus on their current needs. 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.
Resilience Montreal is a collaboration between the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal and Nazareth Community. It is a low-barrier service open to everyone, providing food and shelter as well as mental health and medical support services and access to a multitude of other resources.
WELCOME HALL MISSION
Welcome Hall Mission works to support poor and homeless Montrealers. The charity runs specific programs that address the housing and health needs of young mothers, poor families and at-risk youth. Welcome Hall Mission also operates Marche Bon Accueil, a food bank which has been reformatted to provide more of a grocery shopping experience for clients.
THE BENEDICT LABRE HOUSE
Every month, we provide The Benedict Labre House with menstrual hygiene products that they can subsequently distribute to individuals who need them. The lack of resources regarding menstrual hygiene products is a critical issue for menstruators in precarious situations, who represent approximately 40% of Montreal’s total homeless population. Donations to The Benedict Labre house thus help them respond to this essential need. Furthermore, the inclusion of menstrual hygiene products to their weekly food baskets ensures that the 150 Montreal families that they are serving have adequate access to these essential products.
Entre-Maisons Ahuntsic is a non-profit community organization that intervenes in affordable housing in Ahuntsic, in favour of both young people and their families. The organization works in collaboration with other neighborhood actors to promote the empowerment of people in their life, place of residence, and community. Their goal is to strengthen the relationships between the residents of affordable housing and the community around them.
Plein Milieu builds trusting relationships with drug users, homeless people and people at risk of becoming homeless, and youth aged 12 or older. With the goal of harm reduction, information, and prevention, Plein Milieu supports individuals on their journey towards well-being by coordinating and offering access to knowledge, services, and care according to their specific needs.
THE WELCOME COLLECTIVE
Welcome Collective is an organization that works with (vulnerable) refugee claimants upon their arrival to Montreal. We provide support in three ways. First, we deliver basic furniture, appliances, household items and winter clothing free of charge to ensure that all the basic material needs of refugee claimants are met when they move into their first apartment. Second, we enable access to social and community services that refugee claimants and other newcomers may need through a peer support program. Finally, we work with other organizations to form a network of support to improve the conditions of settling in Montreal as well as advocating for the rights of refugee claimants and their inclusion in Canada.
Project 10 works to promote the personal, social, sexual and mental well being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, intersex and questioning (2LGBTQ+) youth and adults 14-25. Through advocacy and education, using a harm reduction approach, Project 10 aims to facilitate the empowerment of youth at individual, community, and institutional levels with a particular emphasis on supporting individuals and groups who experience multiple and intersecting oppressions. Services are free of charge, confidential and anonymous, and are offered in English and French.
FRIGO DE l'est
Established as a citizen initiative in 2016, le Frigo Communautaire et Solidaire de l’Est is now an NPO whose mission is to recover unsold food products in order to protect the environment and offer immediate relief against food insecurity and hunger in the East of the island of Montreal. From the fight against food waste, to food security initiatives, Frigo Communautaire et Solidaire de l’Est is committed to inclusion and socio-professional integration. More than 120 households per week benefit from their distribution of complete and nutritious food baskets, which are available for on-site pick-up or delivery.