Cre­at­ing Home and Com­mu­nity for Men­tal Health: L’abri en Ville and Our Har­bour visit Uue strie

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - North Hat­ley

The Uni­tar­ian Univer­sal­ist Church in North Hat­ley (Uue strie) will host a spe­cial ser­vice and work­shop led by vol­un­teers and res­i­dents of L’abri en Ville in Montreal and Our Har­bour on the South Shore. The events are planned for Sun­day, Septem­ber 18, at 201 Main St., North Hat­ley, with the ser­vice at 10 a.m., and the work­shop at 1 p.m. All in­ter­ested per­sons and or­ga­ni­za­tions are in­vited to at­tend.

L’abri en Ville and Our Har­bour are sis­ter pro­grams that of­fer longterm com­mu­nity-sup­ported hous­ing for adults with se­ri­ous men­tal ill­ness. The hous­ing con­sists of apart­ments shared by three res­i­dents. A team of vol­un­teers for each apart­ment of­fer the res­i­dents per­sonal re­la­tion­ships through so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties and life-man­age­ment sup­port for tasks such as bank­ing, bud­get­ing, meal plan­ning and clean­ing.

Cre­at­ing Home & Com­mu­nity for Men­tal Health is the topic of the 10 a.m. pro­gram, and will fea­ture a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween Carolyne Har­ri­son, a vol­un­teer, and res­i­dents from both L’Abri en Ville and Our Har­bour. Eleanor Beat­tie and Au­drey Bean, both vol­un­teers and board mem­bers of L’Abri, will of­fer open­ing words and a story for all ages. A

chil­dren’s pro­gram and re­fresh­ments are also pro­vided.

The 90-minute work­shop at 1 p.m. - Cre­at­ing Men­tal Health through an Ac­tive Com­mu­nity - will fo­cus more specif­i­cally on the L’Abri en Ville/Our Har­bour model and ex­pe­ri­ences, with a di­a­logue about pos­si­bil­i­ties in the Es­trie re­gion. It will be­gin with a 20-minute talk by Dr. Natasha Bird on the evo­lu­tion of men­tal health care in the East­ern Town­ships. Per­sons in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing are asked to reg­is­ter in ad­vance by con­tact­ing 819-889-2520 or info@uuestrie. ca. Reg­is­tra­tion in­cludes a lunch pre­ced­ing the work­shop, for a sug­gested do­na­tion of $5.

L’Abri en Ville was formed in 1990 by the In­ter-Church So­cial Ser­vice Plan­ning Com­mit­tee, rep­re­sent­ing 30 churches and syn­a­gogues in down­town Montreal, as a re­sponse to an ur­gent need for sta­ble liv­ing con­di­tions for peo­ple with men­tal ill­ness. The aim was to coun­ter­act the re­volv­ing door of fre­quent hos­pi­tal­iza­tions faced by per­sons lack­ing ad­e­quate so­cial sup­port. Ac­cord­ing to feed­back from res­i­dents and health care providers, the L’Abri model has proven suc­cess­ful in help­ing res­i­dents im­prove their qual­ity of life, achieve per­sonal goals, and re­duce the chance of hos­pi­tal­iza­tion.

“I can look at any apart­ment in L’Abri and see the suc­cess sto­ries; peo­ple who have strug­gled with their men­tal ill­nesses and have not given up and are out there vol­un­teer­ing or work­ing and cop­ing,” wrote one res­i­dent.

The non-profit pro­gram is based on the C.A.R.E. model – Cre­ate A Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive Environment – with a fo­cus on forg­ing sta­ble and long-term so­cial net­works. L’Abri en Ville has helped de­velop a net­work of sim­i­lar pro­grams, and has au­thored a guide­book to help new groups in Canada de­velop their own projects. More in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the four groups in the net­work is avail­able at,

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