First West Island homeless shelter opening soon

West Island homeless shelter

AJOI (Action Jeunesse de l’Ouest-de-l’île) has been working tirelessly for many years to help young adults ages 18 to 35 in need of assistance in the West Island area – and they have been unwavering in their goal to open a homeless shelter. Although many issues still need to be addressed involving the plight of those who are homeless – their mission to open a shelter is finally coming to fruition. This December, the West Island’s first-ever homeless shelter is scheduled to open for the winter.

It may come as a surprise to some people, that even though the West Island is considered to have advantageous living conditions, the area hides a reality where an estimated 18% of young people up to 34 years old are living in areas of social and material deprivation – according to Tania Charron (Executive Director of AJOI) when I spoke with her in early 2019. They live in the shadows of our society and are often unseen.

“People have suggested these young adults should simply be taken to shelters in downtown Montreal, but the growing number of young people from the West Island don’t want to be taken there,” Tania had explained. “They are afraid and do not want to be uprooted from the area they have always lived in and known and so refuse to go. They end up sleeping in cars or couch surfing at the homes of friends until exhausting all of their options and then waiting and hoping an outreach worker manages to find them a temporary room for the night. Many of these young adults want a better life for themselves, they don’t want to be living on the streets or sleeping in conditions that put them further at risk… how can they go to school or hold down a job when they do not know where they are going to sleep and if they are going to eat?” That statement is still relative today – and with the ongoing pandemic, the challenges are now even greater.

To run the shelter for the winter, the City of Montreal and the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal has granted $200,000 to AJOI. Although the exact location has yet to be determined, they are looking at potential sites in the Pierrefonds and Lachine areas. Outreach workers will be at the shelters – offering hot coffee, food, drinks, use of a shower, a place to rest and support. A shuttle service will also be available. The shelter will be able to accommodate between 10 to 15 people at night – operating seven days a week from 11:00pm to 7:00am and open until March 31st 2021.

For more information about their services or to make a donation, you can contact them at 514-675-4450 or by email at [email protected]

By: Bonnie Wurst – [email protected]

Other articles from mtltimes.caotttimes.catotimes.ca

first REM car

Have a look at this first REM car – Video of delivery

Canadiens to wear new jersey

Canadiens to wear new jersey ‘Reverse Retro’ for select games in 2020-21

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Email
Is it possible to get an A for a 5-paragraph essay assignment in 1 hour? We can safely say yes, a student can get an A+ mark if he turns to EduJungles


staycation

The ultimate guide to planning a long family staycation in Canada

To guarantee that everyone has an amazing time, careful planning is necessary when organizing a lengthy staycation. Here’s the ultimate guide to planning your family staycation in Canada. Canada, with its vast landscapes, diverse cities, and rich cultural heritage, offers endless possibilities for a memorable family staycation. Whether you’re exploring the stunning natural beauty of

Meal kits

Cost vs. Convenience: Analyzing meal kits and traditional cooking

In this modern world and modern times, convenience often takes priority over cost, especially when it comes to food. Meal kits and traditional cooking represent two different approaches to home dining, and each of them has advantages and disadvantages. Analyzing these methods through the lens of cost and convenience provides insight into why individuals might

Condo renovations

Condo renovations Dos and Don’ts: Expert Tips for a Successful Project

Embarking on a condo renovations journey can be both exhilarating and daunting. Imagine transforming your living space into a stylish haven that reflects your personality and meets your needs. While exciting, the process can be full of challenges and unforeseen hiccups. That’s why we’ve gathered some condo renovation dos and don’ts from the experts to

Terrific Hair

Terrific Hair Means Tamanu – Earth to Body

Curly, straight, thick, thin, kinky or silky, tamanu loves and makes terrific Hair.  And scalps. Nutritionally dense yet gentle, tamanu is an effective and versatile nut oil. It stimulates, helps promote growth. prevents hair loss, reduces scalp itch and irritations and adds a natural sheen! Make tamanu a part of your hair and scalp care

Understanding the 4 legal process after a DUI Crash

A single mistake can have serious consequences, especially when driving under the influence. The aftermath of a DUI crash extends beyond physical harm and property damage. It involves a complex legal process that may feel overwhelming. As a responsible citizen, it’s vital to grasp the legal system and your rights in such situations. This blog

personal injury lawyer

Pedestrian accident: How a personal injury lawyer can help you

Accidents involving pedestrians can be life-altering. You could be walking down the street or crossing a street. A vehicle’s sudden impact can change everything right away. If you’ve found yourself in such a situation, you might be wondering how to move forward. This is where a personal injury lawyer steps in, offering crucial help and

Mtltimes Subscription

The latest on what’s moving Montreal and the world – delivered straight to your inbox