For more than 10 years, meals, daycare services or cooking classes are available at P’tite Maison de Saintpierre, in Lachine. Sewing and DIY workshops with neighbours are also provided by the Ouellette Avenue based organization.
About 50 volunteers and 10 employees offer the many services to residents that don’t need to register. It is also possible to shop at the second-hand clothes shop for children or adults for less than two dollars a piece.
Parents can also take a break with the daycare service that provide a four-hour period of children caretaking.
P’tite Maison also works closely with its neighbour, the Martin Bélanger School. For example, eight workshops o prepare for tkindergarten were organized by school staff in collaboration with the organization.
Volunteers run workshops where they share their knowledge, like for exemple bread making. Each workshop is scheduled on a calendar available on the website and updated monthly.
The activities and the multiple annual outings are decided by the members of P’tite maison. It is possible to become one by registering at no cost.
To gather even more people, meals are organized every Wednesday, including a barbecue all summer long. Since last month, residents can buy organic vegetables from a local producer, from noon to 3 pm on Tuesdays, until September, in front of P’tite Maison.
Among its future projects, the organization would like to take advantage of its proximity to the Martin Bélanger School and the Jean-placide-desrosiers seniors’ residence to create an intergenerational project. They already imagine seniors transmitting their knowledge, telling and reading stories to the youngest.