Supporting homeless people
Like every big city, downtown Montréal has a large concentration of people who are homeless and likely to face issues such as social profiling, substance abuse, mental and physical health problems, and legal troubles.
To support people who are living in or at risk of being in situations of homelessness, the YMCA founded Dialogue in 1997, in collaboration with Tandem Montréal and Destination Centre-Ville. Our mission is to help these individuals gain stability and improve their quality of life.
The team works in partnership with community and institutional resources in the area and acts as a hub referring, connecting and accompanying people to them.
To do this, Dialogue coordinates 3 main services:
A frontline intervention service that guides and supports people and helps them find and access relevant resources. We also offer training and respond to reports from the community in order to promote social cohesion in public spaces and raise public awareness about homelessness issues.
The team adapts its intervention practices to the reality of its participants and also works with indigenous communities. In fact, Dialogue has been an active partner in the Pôle d’intervention du Square Cabot near the Atwater Metro station since 2014.
A service that promotes social integration and overall health through accessible and inclusive opportunities to play sports under the supervision of a community worker. This program is offered at the Downtown YMCA and at the Guy-Favreau YMCA.
Planning for prison release
A service that prepares and supports people who are detained in the Montréal Detention Centre and at risk of homelessness upon their release. The service’s main objective is to break the cycles of homelessness and criminal recidivism.
Financial partners of the program
“Dialogue’s staff really helped me get off the street by supporting me in my endeavours. If they hadn’t been there, I would probably be dead!”