The issue

In Montréal, homelessness is an ever more visible phenomenon. This situation leaves many of us feeling troubled and powerless. The fight to end homelessness is complex and entails the collaboration between many organizations and at various levels. One of these consists of lending support and accompaniment to vulnerable individuals so that they may regain control of their lives. To do so, it is important to build trusting relationships with them.

The YMCA's community workers lend daily support to the homeless and build lasting ties with them. Furthermore, they are in regular contact with all the key players involved (shelters, day centres, CLSC, etc.).

Context – We estimate there are approximately 900 homeless people in the downtown-west area of Montréal, and the YMCA has a team of 5.5 community workers...for a ratio of 200 to 1. Mission impossible!

With your help we can do more! To increase and optimize our interventions and as such contribute to a more harmonious coexistence of our public spaces, and reduce the number of homeless individuals, we need to maintain our current team and add 2 more

Our objectives

1. Raise the private sector's awareness on homelessness by providing you an opportunity to become part of the solution.

2. Raise $250,000 annually to maintain our current team and add 2 more in the downtown-west area.

3. Help 80 more people get off the street.

Members of the Finance Committee

Our committee is composed of business professionals concerned by this phenomenon who have decided to solicit their networks to provide you the opportunity to play an active role in responding to homelessness, and in doing so, demonstrate to your staff, community and customers your on-going social commitment.

Jean-François Grenier

Jean-François Grenier

Senior Director, Groupe Altus
Carole Croteau

Carole Croteau

Corporate Comptroller, Groupe Altus
André Poulin

André Poulin

CEO, Destination Centre-ville
Alia Abouzeid

Alia Abouzeid

Group Director, Cossette Média
Marilyne Levesque

Marilyne Levesque

Conseillère principale des communications, Cossette
Art Campbell

Art Campbell

Director, Community Initiatives, Downtown YMCA
Pierre Myrand

Pierre Myrand

Center Director, Downtown YMCA

Seeking members