PAQ’s shelter is a safe place for Indigenous women and men from First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities. It is a place of respite where they have access to services to fill their basic needs. We are offering them a bed for the night, a dinner and a breakfast, some clothes, someone to talk to, and the possibility of working on their needs and challenges.
We have 12 beds for women and 36 beds for men. We are open every day from 5pm to 8am. The Covid-19 pandemic, however, has forced PAQ to reduce the shelter’s capacity. We have added a new site, PAQ-2, to meet the current demand.
Members of the community are encouraged to get involved in the community life of PAQ in many ways. We encourage small everyday activities where our members can develop their skills and share their interest and passions.
PAQ is a team of Indigenous or non-Indigenous intervention workers who are 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 help. The support for the vulnerable urban populations must be a collective undertaking.
Our approach is horizontal and informal. The intervention workers are oriented by mutual aid and humility. Knowledge and culture exchanges and creation of bonds of trust and quality are the “DNA of PAQ”.
PAQ and its intervention workers offer many services to the members of the community by using a personal approach that helps the members 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 a vulnerable situation;
- An information service on the help available at PAQ;
- Referrals in cases of intoxication or other crisis situations (mental and/or physical health, or financial difficulties);
- A follow-up on the mental health of members;
- Individual meetings to give advice adapted to specific situations or to immediate needs (searching for employment or accommodation);
- Support for members before the courts;
- Help with preparing 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, 9am to 4pm
You can reach our worker at:
- By phone at 514-879-3310 #202
- By email at firstname.lastname@example.org