Clients and staff were excited to meet Jean Coutu last Tuesday as he walked around our recently renovated cafeteria, shaking hands, chatting and happily posing for selfies with many admirers. He was accompanied by his wife Marcelle and their daughter Marie-Josée Coutu, who heads the Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation.
The Coutu family is no stranger to the Old Brewery Mission. Since 2002, their dedication to improving the lives of Montreal’s homeless women and men has led to some profound changes at the Mission, including the way our meal services are carried out. Thanks to their exceptional contribution to fund the complete renovation of our cafeteria, clients can now enjoy leisurely meals in a bright and contemporary space.
Eric Maldoff, Chair of the Old Brewery Mission’s Board of Directors, was among those who offered their gratitude to the Coutu family and invited Mr. Coutu to cut the ribbon. The on-looking crowd included other board members, as well as representatives from the architectural firm Architem and the construction company Anbec.
The Coutu family also had the opportunity to see first-hand the impact of their donation during the lunch service, as Mission clients sat down to enjoy their meals in the cafeteria and adjoining Café Mission Keurig®.