Nazareth Community





The Nazareth community remains dedicated to providing an environment that welcomes the forgotten, promotes social re-integration for the marginalized, and encourages all to find their potential.

Our approach and methodology is recognized and respected as a preferred alternative to institutional care: helping those caught within the revolving door syndrome, or worse, the prospect of living on the streets-homeless.

Some of our services offered at both houses include, yoga, reki, acupuncture, art classes, foot care, interactive workshops, collective kitchens, clothing and hygiene products, small gym facility and personal trainer.

On our streets there are women and men whose dreams were shattered and whose lives were never fulfilled. Yet, they awake each day and dare to dream despite what they are told. They may not have an impossible dream but their dreams are what get them up and get them through the day. The dreams of the homeless are real. The dreams of the homeless demand so little: Just one cigarette, buddy; a cup of coffee, my friend; any spare change, anything at all. Imagine the possibilities if we were to teach them to reach for their own unreachable star. (Excerpt from Father John Walsh; “It is now time to Dream”)

Mission

“Every resident has the right to be treated with courtesy and respect and in a way that fully recognizes the resident’s individuality and respects the resident’s dignity.”

Vision

The Nazareth Community’s approach and methodology is recognized and respected as a preferred alternative to institutional care.

We help our residents avoid the “revolving door syndrome” or worse, the prospect of living on the streets -homeless!

Our Approach





Recognized and respected as a preferred alternative to institutional care, our approach and methodology helps those caught within the revolving door syndrome, or worse, the prospect of living on the streets-homeless.

The Nazareth Community remains dedicated to providing an environment that welcomes the forgotten, promotes social re-integration for the marginalized, and encourages all to find their potential.

Anne's House


A residence for 28 semi-autonomous women, 18 and over, who struggle with homelessness, are at risk of homelessness and or mental health issues. Anne’s House provides assistance and support and offers programs and services that are adaptable to each individual with the focus on empowerment and cooperation. Mental health issues must be recognized by the resident while being able to maintain their space, personal hygiene and have the organizational skills to prepare basic meals.

  • Located in Shaughnessy Village
  • 28 single studio apartments with individual bathrooms,
  • 2 Community kitchens, art room, computer access, camera security.
  • In house support daily from 9 a.m- 7:30 p.m
  • This is a project in conjunction with OMHM (therefore the women pay 25% of their social assistance

Some of our services include

  • Yoga class
  • Art class
  •  Exercise program with a personal trainer
  • “Next Step” support
  • Case worker to support; budgeting, scheduling, job opportunities etc.

Nazareth House


    Nazareth House (opened in 1979)

Is a residence for 22 men with ongoing struggles; they have lost their families, resided in psychiatric units, some have wandered the streets for more than ten years. Now our gentlemen participate in yoga, field trip activities, and are completing work re-integration programs.

  • Located in Shaughnessy Village
  • 12 studio apartments on Hope Street and 10 “in House” rooms
  • Community areas, community kitchen,computer access
  • In house support everyday from 8 a.m-7:30 p.m
  • 3 meals daily plus snacks

Some of our services include

  • Yoga class
  • Art class
  • Therapeutic Paws of Canada
  • Case work support
  • Small gym facility and personal trainer

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Nazareth Community Staff





Anne’s House

Sandra

Nazareth House

Nazareth Community

Alicia Ramos

Dennys Melendez

Diandra Serrano

Emily Stimpson

Emmanuelle Glidden

Jennifer Willard

Katherine Lynch

Marguerite Potocki

Sandra McGee

Sheila Woodhouse

With Nazareth House since 2011 and a key person in developing Anne’s House, Sheila is essential to the functioning of the Nazareth Community.

Nazareth Community Staff Code of Conduct and Values





Nazareth Community workers commit to embodying the following values in their interactions and interventions with Nazareth Community residents:

Compassion and Understanding

  • Does my/our chosen course of action demonstrate compassion and understanding towards the resident?

  • Does it take into consideration the resident’s unique histories, feelings, needs, abilities, and/or the reasons for their request or behaviour?

  • In addition to the presentation of the symptoms, have I reflected on the causes of the symptoms?

Hope

  • Does my/our chosen course of action foster reasonable and sustainable hope?

Empowerment

  • Which course of action will empower the resident, support their autonomy, and encourage them to learn new skills?

  • Am I working harder than the resident?

  • Which personal values are affecting my/our work with the resident? Is this appropriate, or is it jeopardizing the resident’s empowerment, autonomy and ability to connect within his/her community

Equity and Fairness

  • Is my/our chosen course of action fair?

  • Does it fall in line with the way other residents have been treated in the past?

  • If not, what is my/our justification for treating this resident differently?

  • Will this chosen course of action have ramifications within the community?

Respect and Dignity

  • Does my/our chosen course of action demonstrate respect towards the resident, the other residents and safeguard their dignity?

  • Does my chosen course of action infantilize the resident?

Finally, it is important that we ask ourselves: Have I/we reflected enough on this situation before acting?

Board of Directors & Members





John Corker – President

President and founder JCOR construction, volunteer project manager for Anne’s House.

Marlene Demers – Secretary

Retired – Accounts Administrator at McGill University

Jack Emrich – Treasurer

Partner – Berger, Emrich, Valencak Inc.

Fr. John Walsh – Honorary President

Roman Catholic Priest (retired) social activist, author, broadcaster, presently volunteers on 3 boards

Robin Burns – Vice President

Former NHL hockey player and founder of ITECH Sport Products.  Still active with many business ventures, Robin is also on a few distinguished boards that support great causes.  He has been married over 50 years and is enjoying his 3 children and 9 grandchildren.

Susan Doherty-Hannaford – Member

Author represented by Cormorant Books

Anne Gagnon – Member

Events, communication, and casting consultant.

Michelle Ledonne – Member

Development Advisor at Dans la rue – Creative fundraising and communications professional with experience in resource development, stewardship, and strategy for grassroots, peer-to-peer, and national non-profit campaigns.

David Arsenault – Member

Executive Director and Founder of Champions for Life Foundation, Professional Trainer, Taekwondo Master, Husband and Father.

Wendy de Souza – Chair of Advisory Committee

Executive Assistant of Fabrique John Brebeuf, and planning manager for geographical study at the Montreal Archdiocese.

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