|Type de magasin |||Services communautaires, Friperies|
|Quartier |||Côte-des-Neiges/NDG, Centre-ville/Vieux-Montréal|
Profil Dernière mise-à-jour: 25 septembre 2008
This charitable organization was founded in 1892 by T.B. Macaulay to take a stand against the widening gap between rich and poor in Montreal. Over the past hundred years, Mission Bon Accueil, or Welcome Hall Mission, has continued to expand along with the city, and the services provided now reach out to men, women and children.
The Welcome Hall Mission provides several services to the community. On St. Antoine Street, there is a Men's Mission that’s open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. From this location, exactly where Macaulay founded it, countless men in troubled circumstances have been given a warm meal, a safe place to sleep, and some compassion. Specialized services for families, women and children have been developed a short distance away in what is called the DeCourcelle Pavillion. This location houses a food and clothing bank as well as a rehabilitation centre.
In addition to these community-oriented services, Mission Bon Accueil has developed a children's program which has perhaps the widest reach of all. In five different low-income neighbourhoods across Montreal, the organization rents or borrows church basements, school gyms, and other community spaces to host school activity programs. With this program and the many others, Bon Accueil volunteers and staff uphold their founder's mission, working to break the cycle of poverty that dominates the lives of so many Montrealers.
Tip: Bon Accueil also has a great Thrift Shop, where you can find fabulous stuff, at a fraction of the cost.