For the past 127 years — winter, spring, summer and fall, the Old Brewery Mission has been providing essential services to anyone who knocks at its door. At the Mission, Montreal’s homeless men and women can get a hot meal served daily between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., as well as a change of clothes and a bed in a safe and welcoming environment.
“With the arrival of the cold weather, for the fourth consecutive year, the Mission has implemented its winter protocol, effective December 1st, consisting of additional emergency measures ensuring that no one has to sleep in the cold” states Matthew Pearce, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Old Brewery Mission. The Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion is located at 1301 De Maisonneuve Blvd. in Montreal and welcomes women while the Webster Pavilion, at 915 Clark St. accommodates men.
This year, the shuttle service is at the heart of the protocol. Driven by a Mission employee and carrying a crisis counsellor, the shuttle rides around the downtown streets between 6:00 p.m. and 4 a.m. every night, looking for homeless men and women to transport to resources for the homeless. Close to 6,438 people used the shuttle between April 2015 and March 2016.
“Our counselling teams collaborate closely with the city’s emergency services as well as other community organizations in order to ensure the security of all during this particularly difficult period,” he added.
In addition to offering a friendly atmosphere in which to warm up and have a free coffee every weekday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Café Mission is a place where the Mission’s counsellors can interact with chronically homeless people and guide them towards the resources that best meet their needs.
In addition to monetary donations, the Mission always needs warm and clean clothing in good condition, non-perishables and unopened hygiene products. This year, it is especially in need of coats and boots. Homeless men and women will be better equipped to face the winter thanks to you. To make an in-kind donation this winter, please contact Mr. Christopher Quinn, Director of Support Services by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 514 798-2244, extension 247.
The Mission remained open during the day on December 24, 25, and 26, 2016, and on January 1 and 2, 2017. Every year, individuals and organizations give their time and help collect funds to ensure that homeless men and women can also be warmed by the season’s holiday spirit.