2014-2020 major fundraising campaign

See the End of Homelessness

Ending homelessness requires that we think differently and act collectively to find sustainable and enduring solutions. We must shift our focus from merely managing the problem, to striving to stamp it out.

The needs

Every day, the Old Brewery Mission provides shelter to homeless men and women. The need is real and ever-present. That’s why the Foundation is embarking on a major $55.5 million fundraising campaign that will make Montreal an exemplary city where every citizen has a place to call home.

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The Plan

The comprehensive plan addresses six key priorities aimed at helping homeless and vulnerable individuals take back their lives and gain their rightful place in society. The multifaceted six-year plan is aimed at allowing the Mission to build on its current capacities and to enhance its ability to offer permanent solutions.

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How You Can Help

Let’s put an end to homelessness as we know it in Montreal. Take a look at our giving opportunities to see how you can get involved.

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The needs

No one adopts life on the streets by choice. Loss of employment, serious family or personal problems, mental illness and addictions are just a few of the catalysts that can lead once-stable men and women to call the street “home.”

For 125 years now, the Old Brewery Mission has served as a safe sanctuary and beacon of hope to Montreal’s homeless men and women. Sadly, the need continues to grow. Thousands of individuals still depend on the Mission’s emergency services for survival.

In 2013 alone, the Old Brewery Mission:

  • Fed over 270,000 people with nutritious meals
  • Provided more than 33,500 articles of clothing
  • Sheltered 118,000 men and women overnight
  • Transitioned more than 600 homeless men and women back into society

The time has come to end homelessness as we know it in our city.

The Plan

Six Key Priorities

The Old Brewery Mission has developed a comprehensive plan to help homeless men and women get the support they need to leave shelter life behind once and for all. The Foundation’s 2014-2020 Major Fundraising Campaign is aimed at six key priorities that will help the Mission to deliver sustainable solutions and affect real social change in Montreal.

Emergency Services

No human being can thrive without life’s basic necessities – food, shelter and clothing. Montreal’s homeless men and women use the Old Brewery Mission’s emergency services to access nutritious meals, a safe place to sleep and clean clothes.

Transition Services

The road off the streets can be long and winding. Through its various transition programs and services, the Mission’s clients are gradually able to regain their footing, recover their self-confidence and establish a realistic strategy for empowering themselves to resume an autonomous and normal life.

Adapted Physical and Mental Health Services

A great number of Montreal’s homeless men and women are plagued by chronic physical and psychological disorders. Through partnerships with community organizations and the health services sector, our adapted physical and mental health services help our clients to integrate back into society in a sound state of health.

Affordable and Stable Housing

Nothing is more fundamental to putting an end to homelessness than ensuring that individuals have a place to call home. The Mission works with social housing authorities and property owners to provide a range of affordable housing services. Donors’ generous support also allows us to provide ongoing counselling and follow-up during the first critical 12 months of a person’s return to the community.

Community Outreach and Support

A sizeable proportion of Montreal’s homeless opt to stay on the streets rather than seek out a shelter. As people living outside face exposure to extreme temperatures and violence, the Mission must play a more active role by expanding our outreach and support activities. Outreach is critical to building trust with and bringing support to these at-risk individuals.

Knowledge Building

There is a serious shortage of accurate and reliable statistics and data available about the homeless population in Montreal. By leading the knowledge building initiative, the Mission, governments and other community organizations gain a broader knowledge of the scope and scale of the problem. These insights can be used to better plan and tailor policies and interventions aimed at putting an end to homelessness.

Your generosity and ongoing support allows us to offer life-changing programs and services to Montreal’s homeless men and women. Discover how

How You Can Help

Giving Opportunities

Homelessness is not a given. It is a broad social problem reinforced by societal factors, such as the lack of affordable housing, declining income security and inadequate adapted healthcare responses – just to name a few.

This Major Fundraising Campaign identifies six key priorities aimed at putting an end to homelessness as we know it. Your generosity is vital to the Old Brewery Mission’s success.

OBJECTIVE $55.5 M

EMERGENCY SERVICE

No human being can thrive without life’s basic necessities. The Old Brewery Mission’s emergency services provide nutritious meals, a safe place to sleep and clean clothes.

Giving opportunities

  • Webster Pavilion
  • Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion
  • Old Brewery Mission shuttle bus
  • Accueil residential program for first-time shelter users
  • Café Mission day centre for people experiencing chronic homelessness

Goal

42%

$23 M

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TRANSITION PROGRAMS

Help the Mission’s clients recover their self-confidence and establish a realistic strategy to integrate back into mainstream society. Our programs continually evolve to meet the needs of Montreal’s homeless.

Giving opportunities

  • Webster Pavilion
  • Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion
  • Maison Claude-Laramée
  • Étape and Escale residential programs
  • Back to work program
  • Les voisines residential program for women
  • Relais I and Relais II programs for vulnerable shelter users

Goal

21%

$12 M

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Physical and Mental Health Services

Homelessness and health concerns go hand in hand, and many of Montreal’s homeless experience chronic health issues and mental illness. Our services are vital to addressing the root issues of homelessness.

Giving opportunities

  • Webster Pavilion
  • Walk-in medical clinic
  • Hepatitis C treatment centre
  • PRISM (Projet de ré-affiliation en santé mentale et itinérance) residential program for homeless people diagnosed with a mental illness

Goal

23,5%

$13 M

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Affordable and Stable Housing

Decent, safe and affordable housing is vital to ending homelessness. The Old Brewery Mission’s efforts ensure that homeless men and women in Montreal have access to an array of suitable housing options across the city.

Giving opportunities

  • Apartment Starter Kit Fund
  • Lise Watier Pavilion for women
  • Marcelle and Jean Coutu Pavilion for men
  • Le Pont housing program across the city of Montreal
  • Andrée and Roger Beaulieu Pavilion, residential program for homeless seniors

Goal

10,5%

$6 M

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Community Outreach and Support

A sizeable proportion of Montreal’s homeless opt to stay on the streets rather than seek out a shelter. Outreach is critical to building trust with and bringing support to these at-risk individuals.

Giving opportunities

  • Psychosocial support and follow-up

Goal

1%

$500 K

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Knowledge Building

Better insights into the scope of Montreal’s homeless allows Mission, governments and other community organizations to better plan and tailor homelessness policies, interventions and programs.

Giving opportunities

  • Initiative to gain reliable data and statistics on homelessness in Montreal

Goal

2%

$1 M

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