Support people in difficulty
The Société de Saint-Vincent de Paul de Montréal offers a social integration program. We work closely with organizations offering individuals the opportunity of contributing to the SSVP mission.
Trajet Inc. has been working with the Société de Saint-Vincent de Paul de Montréal since October 10, 2018. Adolescents aged between 12 and 17 who have committed an offence come to our headquarters at 1930 Champlain Street to help out with clothes sorting and maintaining the space. Since October 2018 three teens have completed a number of small projects.
Trajet is an alternative justice organization which encourages conflict resolution and the reparation of wrongdoing. Through its actions, Trajet encourages the participation of all community members. “For us, this partnership is important since the Société de Saint‐Vincent de Paul de Montréal offers opportunities and availability for accepting our youth,” explains Mylène Guilbault-Labonté, program leader. “They are supervised by warm and open managers.”
The YMCA Compensatory Work program offers citizens who cannot pay their fines the possibility of community involvement by working on various projects for free. Since December 8, 2016, the Société de Saint‐Vincent de Paul de Montréal has received participants in this program and offered them clear and structured supervision.
“Our clientele is very diverse: low-income adults who have fines to pay (employed or jobless); students; people on social welfare or employment insurance; single mothers; people with mental health issues; retirees, etc.,” explains Diana Delgado, development agent, YMCAs of Québec, Community initiatives – Compensatory work program. We have a 50% success rate, i.e. half of the people complete their work projects.”