Founded by “Pops”—Father Emmett Johns (1928–2018)—in 1988, Dans la rue provides help for homeless and at-risk young people. With dedication, empathy and respect, as well as the support of the community, Dans la rue assists over 1,000 youths aged 12 to 25 by offering a number of programs and services that include the Van, Day Centre, Bunker emergency shelter and Family Services, as well as supervised apartments. Dans la rue has developed a multi-faceted approach aimed to help these young people in every area of their lives. They learn how to take care of themselves, find a place to live, improve their physical and mental health, work toward self-knowledge, sort out their legal and administrative situations, go about getting an education, or even become a good parent. Throughout the process, the members of the Dans la rue team provide personalized support for each young person according to their individual needs and at a pace they can be comfortable with.
“In recent years, I had the privilege of taking part in the first edition of Une nuit dans la rue, which aimed to make some fifty members of Montréal’s corporate community more familiar with the work of Dans la rue,” tells Pierre Piché, Vice-President of Power Corporation. “Thanks to that event, I was better able to understand the difficulties young homeless people face, as well as appreciate the impressive dedication and expertise of the Dans la rue team.”