REBUILDING A STABLE LIFE IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT
AFTER HAVING TO RESORT TO AN EMERGENCY SHELTER AFTER A MAJOR ORDEAL, IT’S NOT EASY TO REBUILD YOUR LIFE, NOR DOES IT HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. HOUSING SERVICES PROVIDE A SAFE LIVING ENVIRONMENT AND ALLOW WOMEN TO TAKE THE TIME THEY NEED TO RECLAIM A STABLE LIFE AT THE RESIDENCE AND THEN MOVE TOWARDS INDEPENDENT HOUSING.
Through a vast array of personal development workshops, talks, and activities, as well as weekly psychosocial counselling provided by a team of multidisciplinary therapists, residents can regain control of their lives at their own pace, work towards more autonomy in stable lodgings, and break free from the cycle of homelessness, exclusion, and violence.
WHO ARE THEY?
In 2018-19, the Residence housed 57 women experiencing a difficult and transitional situation. Of these women, 61% had mental health issues, 17% had experienced violence, and 5% lived with alcohol or drug use problems or a gambling addiction. Some of the residents were dealing with more than one of these issues. More than half the women were of immigrant background and 35% of them were employed or studying. With respect to women of immigrant background, this figure was close to 50%.
In addition, 12 former residents who were going through a more vulnerable period were able to once again benefit from the help of a team of therapists. This support is essential as it helps maintain housing stability, reduced hospitalization rates and the long-term autonomy of the women we are helping.
Among the tenants referred by the YWCA to the two Brin d’Elles housing projects, only one has had to leave, for physical health reasons. The remaining tenants have been living there for more than 5 years.
We observed an increased participation in community activities of of Les Jardins du Y. The tenants have told us that these activities meet their needs, help combat their sense of isolation and help improve their stability.
STABILITY AND AUTONOMY
Of the 29 women who ended their stay at the Residence, 19 regained a stable life in autonomous housing, and two of these have returned to their family. The eight other women are back to moving between shelters, primarily due to mental health issues.
More than 90 WOMEN benefited from the YWCA residential services.
57 WOMEN stayed at the Residence.
As part of our social reintegration program, we offer housing and weekly psychosocial counselling in this 34-room residence.
LES JARDINS DU Y
21 apartments and community support.
A total of
33 apartments in two locations (Saint-Michel and Saint-Laurent), the lodgings include community support and are managed in partnership with the Collaboration Brin d’Elles.
What I really appreciated about living at Les Jardins du Y is that I never felt alone. I know my neighbours, we help each other, and the community organizer is there to help us when we are going through difficult times. I feel so good here that I have the feeling that Les Jardins and the YWCA are an extension of myself. For me, it really feels like a community.