There’s no question about it—winter is the time of year when homeless shelters have the most trouble meeting needs. This coming winter, combined with the pandemic, will be especially challenging. More than ever, creative and unifying solutions are needed to support our society’s most vulnerable citizens.
The Solidaribus, A Beacon in The Cold
The STM has generously agreed to lend a bus to the Old Brewery Mission and to maintain it for the rest of its useful life. The City of Montreal will cover the driver’s salary and the cost of fuel.
Starting November 30, our Solidaribus will provide more regular shuttle service for homeless people to emergency homeless shelters and the various intake services, including the overflow unit at Hôtel Place Dupuis, and after the metro stations close for the night. With a worker from the Mission on board, this bus will provide safe transport for over 100 people each night who need a roof over their heads, support services, or a place to warm up. The Solidaribus is a positive addition to the Mission’s second shuttle, which has been operating for several years now.
James Hughes, President and CEO of the Mission
Winter During COVID-19: An Outpouring of Solidarity
To better support homeless people in the coming months, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), the Old Brewery Mission (Mission), the Société de développement social (SDS), the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), the City of Montreal, the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and the Quebec government joined forces to announce a series of cold-weather measures.
Philippe Schnobb, Chair, STM Board of Directors
The City of Montreal, the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, and the Réseau communautaire montréalais have introduced various winter measures to ensure that no one is forced to spend the night outside in the cold. A total of 1,650 spaces have been made available for homeless people, who can rely on a system of shuttles to transport them safely to shelters, overflow units, and warming centres located in the various boroughs.
Valérie Plante, mayor of Montreal
By donating to the Old Brewery Mission, you help us make the greatest possible difference in the lives of those who need it most. Thank you for supporting us.