“The House is also blessed with hun­dreds of vol­un­teers...”

Montreal Times - - News -

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

For more in­for­ma­tion about The Bene­dict Labre House visit their web­site www.bene­dict­labre.org or call 514-937-5973 and speak to one of their help­ful staff.To give a dona­tion please con­tact the:Bene­dict Labre Housewww.bene­dict­labre.org Com­ment on this ar­ti­cle at:www.mtl­times.ca

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