One in four persons on Montreal Island are poor
and one in ten persons in Laval and on the South Shore
MONTREAL, June 22, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Thanks to the support of its
donors, Centraide is investing $43.7 million this year to help individuals and families overcome poverty in Greater
Montreal, which is home to the largest number of poor people in Quebec.
This amount is being distributed to 353 community agencies and projects that improve living conditions for children and families, support
people who are excluded or marginalized, and pool their efforts to
fight poverty in the neighbourhoods.
Overall, Centraide is allocating $813,500 more than last year to better support the work of the agencies in its network. Part of this
increase is going towards welcoming five new agencies:
Centre communautaire Bon Courage de Place Benoît, which works with youth, families and isolated seniors in Place Benoît,
a very disadvantaged neighbourhood in the borough of Saint-Laurent
Centre des femmes du Haut-Richelieu, which is establishing collective kitchens in the rural municipalities
of the Haut-Richelieu RCM ($40,000);
Comité logement de Montréal-Nord, which provides information on tenants' rights and responsibilities and
promotes social housing ($50,000);
Complexe Le Partage de La Prairie, which helps families in the Roussillon RCM, especially by increasing
their food security ($35,000);
Macadam Sud, which supports and provides skills to youths aged 12 to 35 in the most
disadvantaged districts of Greater Longueuil so they can become engaged
in improving their living condition ($50,000).
"We are stepping up our efforts to break the cycle of poverty by
ensuring that youth from disadvantaged neighbourhoods will have an
equal chance to succeed," explains Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, President
and Executive Director of Centraide of Greater Montreal. "This means
equipping parents to promote their children's development. It also
involves supporting projects that mobilize neighbourhoods to better
address local problems. Such projects help to create vibrant
communities that are good places to live for all their residents." The
urban and social revitalization project Vivre Saint-Michel en santé and the school dropout prevention program Pathways to Education are excellent examples.
It should be remembered that one in six children in Greater Montreal
live in a poor family. About 40% of Centraide's funds go towards financing agencies and projects that help children and
youth, support parents, and improve living conditions for families.
Centraide's funding choices reflect the know-how and experience of its
60 allocations committee volunteers, who spend over 2,000 hours every
year studying the agencies' grant applications so as to ensure that
each social investment will have the great possible long term impact.
They are based on territorial profiles which provide a better
understanding of local social issues and help to identify the most
promising investment leads. These profiles are available on Centraide's
Centraide of Greater Montreal is an independent organization managed by
a board of directors which is representative of the community. Over
500,000 people in difficulty receive help and comfort from the agencies
and projects in its network, which is supported by 50,000 volunteers.
To find out more, go to: www.centraide-mtl.org.
SOURCE CENTRAIDE OF GREATER MONTREAL
For further information:
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