Resources for Women

The Largest Resource for Homeless Women in Canada

Homeless women often remain unseen but their lack of visibility doesn’t mean they need our help any less. And, the need is growing. Over the past few years, the Mission has seen an increase in the number of homeless women who knock at our door.

Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion

Montreal women can count on the Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion for an unconditional welcome and a safe place to stay in times of need. Located in Montreal’s Centre-Sud area, this pavilion is a hub of programs and services where each woman can benefit from the support of a counsellor, daily home-cooked meals and access to myriad resources in the community. For many, it’s the beginning of a healing journey.

Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion located at 1301 Blvd. De Maisonneuve E.
Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion located at 1301 Blvd. De Maisonneuve E.

The following programs are available at the Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion:

– Emergency Shelter, Food and Clothing

An essential service ensuring a safe place to stay overnight. Open 24/7, 365 days per year,  emergency services offer each woman tailored psychosocial support with a counsellor in addition to the essentials, including a bed, meals and a change of clothes. Since June 2017, emergency services are paired with the transition programs, Étape and Étape+.

– Étape & Étape+

These transition programs allow women to initiate and pursue their personal efforts to access health services, addictions-related programs, and to find affordable housing. Women transitioning out of homelessness can stay at the Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion in a sensibly furnished, semi-private space while gradually preparing—both financially and psychologically—for a more autonomous life outside of the Mission.

– Les Voisines

The fourth floor of the Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion was transformed into a spacious apartment mindfully decorated over time with found objects and furniture by our Director of Women’s Services, Florence Portes, and her dedicated staff.

Each resident benefits from a private or semi-private room while sharing a fully equipped modern kitchen, living room, and laundry and bathroom facilities with her roommates. The atmosphere is friendly, relaxed; a counsellor acts as a life-coach and supports each woman on her journey towards self-reliance.

Since its inception in October 2012 and with an 85% success rate, we hope to increase the scale of this program and help even more women claim their rightful place in society.

Common dining area on the 4th floor of the Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion
Common dining area on the 4th floor of the Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion

Projet de réaffiliation en itinérance et santé mentale (PRISM) Program for Women

The implementation of the PRISM program at the Patricia Mackenzie Pavilion in 2015 marked a major shift in the nature of services offered at the Mission. For homeless women suffering from severe mental illness and who have been stuck in the revolving door of emergency shelters for years, sometimes decades, the PRISM program in partnership with the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal is a pathway to stability, healing and permanent, affordable housing.

Read Parise’s story to learn more about PRISM for women.

Affordable Housing for Women

– Lise Watier Pavilion

Specifically designed to meet the needs of homeless women, these affordable rent apartments  allow women to return to a more secure everyday life. They experience everyday routines like preparing meals, gardening and grocery shopping. The Lise Watier Pavilion recently celebrated its 7th anniversary.

Maggie, at home in her studio apartment at the Lise Watier Pavilion

– Le Pont

The Le Pont program provides affordable, subsidized housing for both women and men. Clients continue to receive the support of our trained counsellors to ensure that they remain once and for all out of the shadows of homelessness.

– Les Voisines in the Community

Thanks to this program inspired by the successful ‘Housing First’ model, homeless women are able to move into their own apartment in a Montreal neighbourhood of their choice.

The success of this program relies on cohesive community planning to develop coordinated, complementary programs to end chronic homelessness. Also, once housed, many women need ongoing psychosocial support, counselling and follow-up.

To support the Mission’s Services for Women, please consider making a donation.