“The House is also blessed with hundreds of volunteers...”
are currently nine individuals on this program.
There are few places to spend the day when you are homeless in Montreal. Once the missions close in the morning, individuals end up going to one of the day centers to grab a bite and spend a part of the day, or end up in a commercial center or on the streets.There are also many individuals who will not sleep in missions; therefore these people who sleep in squats, alleyways or walk all night will rush into one of the day centers as soon as the doors open to be away from the elements. There are places where you can only eat, then you have to leave, and others where you can spend the day. There are outreach workers who meet the people where they are and accompany them to their appointments. Once one is ready to get off the streets, he or she needs help to get back on his feet: find an apartment with a welfare check, for instance, get his identity cards, get some furniture. The Benedict Labre House helps its guests with dishes and sheets and government papers. Everything that is handed to its guests comes from the community.
At the end of any given day, Labre House has fed and sheltered about one hundred men and women of Montreal. That’s one hundred people with a roof over their head for the day. “That’s the least we can do.”
308 Young street Montreal Quebec H3C 2G2
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