Se­cond home

Le Messager Lachine & Dorval - - VIVRE ICI DANS LACHINE & DORVAL -

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.

SHARE KNOW­LEDGE

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.

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