Focusing on the person to meet basic needs, provide housing support, and promote social reaffiliation
Accueil Bonneau’s Multi-Service Centre is a day centre offering a multitude of services and programs to people who are unhoused or at risk of homelessness. It is the gateway to all our housing and social reaffiliation services, helping to get people get off the street and exit homelessness for good.
Homelessness is complex and is usually the result of the cumulative impact of numerous factors: trauma-induced mental health and physical health issues, substance and drug addiction, intellectual disabilities, isolation, and so on. Just like the rest of the population, people experiencing homelessness are greater than the sum of their parts. Every person has their own personality, strengths, values, and dreams for a better future. In addition to meeting basic needs, Accueil Bonneau’s various services act as a springboard for reintegrating society.
Tickets distributed between 8:30 am to 11:30 am
On average, we serves 300 healthy meals a day in our dining room or for take out. This meal service is a main entry point to our other support, health, and housing services.
Monday to Friday from 8 am to 3 pm
Café des sœurs, multipurpose room, showers, barber: just one door to step through to access all these services.
Every day, our team welcomes people who are at a crossroad.
From a position of empathy, our staff offers support to assess, direct, refer, and most of all assist each person to plan and begin their journey towards housing and social reintegration.
We are present in the streets Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to noon, from May to November.
Our community outreach work is not limited to the work we do in our building—we are actively present in the neighbourhood.
Our team of outreach workers is on site to ensure a peaceful and safe community life in addition to building trust with people experiencing homelessness who do not necessarily come into our day centre.
Contact us at 514.245.2292.
Arts and Music
Our Day Centre also features an art and a music studios.
The studios are places for artists to meet up and provide creative outlets for participants to express themselves. This artistic expression allows Accueil Bonneau to form bonds and build connections with some of the most marginalized people living in the streets who are the most resistant to support services and assistance.
Beyond the regular activities offered, several special activities are developed by Accueil Bonneau and animated in collaboration with different partners in order to promote exchanges, openness and communication.
Social reaffiliation programs and employment training
With the support of the Ministère du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale (MTESS), we offer various job training opportunities for participants who want to re-enter the job market. Participants work 20 hours per week as part of the Programme d’aide et d’accompagnement social (PAAS Action).
In partnership with the Centre de ressources éducatives et pédagogiques (CREP), we offer the social integration and socio-professional integration programs as defined by the Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de Recherche (MEESR). These programs aim to build self-awareness, develop skills, and help participants find and maintain employment.
Our financial services provide personalized follow-ups and guide people in setting goals to help them with budgeting and their housing stabilization process. With the assistance of our team, people learn to manage a budget and develop financial independence. This service also helps people clear their debts by setting up a payment plan or agreement to pay off tickets and fines and file their tax returns.
Income Tax Clinic
We can help people file their income taxes up to 10 years back with the Canada Revenue Agency and Revenu Québec at any time of the year. This is possible thanks to a collaboration with the CRA’s Income Tax Assistance Volunteer Program. Tax filings are a legal requirement for accessing government rent subsidies.
Clinique Juridique Itinérante (CJI)
By offering legal aid, information, and guidance-referral services, the CJI contributes to the social reaffiliation process for people experiencing homelessness. Students from the law faculties at the University of Québec at Montréal, the University of Montréal, McGill University, and Laval University regularly come in to assist our clientele. Their work is supervised by law professors and members of the Quebec Bar.
Mon, Wed and Thurs: 8:30 am to 11:30 am
To access our clothing bank, an ID card is required and some restrictions apply.
Every year, we distribute 80,000 items of clothing, shoes, and other necessities such as bedding and hygiene products.
A housing support worker is on site at the Multi-Service Centre to help people who are unhoused or at risk of homelessness find a temporary or permanent place to stay, gain stability, and reintegrate society.