PAQ’s shelter is a safe place for Indigenous women and men from First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities. We offer a bed for the night, dinner and breakfast, clothing if needed, someone to talk to, and resources to address individual needs and challenges.
With 12 beds for women and 36 beds for men, we are open daily from 5 pm to 8 am. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PAQ has reduced the shelter’s capacity to meet current public health guidelines. We have added a new site, PAQ-2, to meet the current demand.
Members are encouraged to participate in PAQ’s community life. We encourage daily activities where our members can develop their skills and share their interests and passions.
PAQ’s team, made up of Indigenous and non-Indigenous intervention workers, is experienced and engaged with the urban homeless Indigenous population. Quickly, we establish a bridge with different community services and organizations in Montreal that can provide critical help. The support for vulnerable urban people is a collective undertaking.
PAQ’ uses a horizontal, informal approach. Our intervention workers are primarily guided by the principles of mutual aid, humility, and meeting people where they are at. Knowledge, cultural exchanges, and creating authentic bonds based on trust are in PAQ’s DNA.
PAQ’s intervention workers offer a variety of services to community members that help to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
These services include:
- Free accommodation for Indigenous people living in a homeless or a vulnerable situation
- Dinner and breakfast for Indigenous people living in vulnerable situations
- Comprehensive list of all services PAQ offers
- Referrals in cases of intoxication or other crises (mental and physical health or financial difficulties)
- A follow-up on an individual’s mental health
- Individual meetings to provide advice adapted to specific situations or immediate needs (searching for employment or accommodation)
- Support for members before the courts
- Help with preparing a curriculum vitae (CVs) and cover letters for job applications
- Continuous and regular care with intervention plans adapted to the needs of individual members
The PAQ psychosocial worker is available from Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM.
You can reach our worker at:
- By email at email@example.com