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.The Nazareth House Family remains dedicated to providing an environment that welcomes the forgotten,promotes social re-integration for the marginalized,and encourages all to find their potential. With additional low-cost housing we hope to continue the traditions of Nazareth House and remain a positive contributor to the well being of those who have lost their way.
Community Service & Course Requirements
Nazareth Community welcomes students from local high schools; completing their CSP hours (Community Service Programs) and college and university course requirements. We are a warm and inviting environment where students can learn with supervision and support. Not only an enriching environment for the student but for our staff and residents alike.
“I have learned many life lessons through conversations wiht the men. I learned never to judge anyone until you get to know them” (Loyola student)
“The visits helped me see what skills I had and what skills I was lacking in terms of communication, organization and professionalism” (McGill student)
McGill University Departments of
Dentistry ,Social Work , Nursing , Physical and Occupational Therapy, Business “Leadership & Organizational Behavior” and Medicine
Concordia Community Art Outreach
Dawson College Department of Social Work,
Loyola High School, Villa Maria High School, Selwyn House, Sacred Heart High School, John Rennie
Our art making is seen as an opportunity for spontaneous creativity. Using different mediums and one’s own imagination our residents are encourage to develop self expression. Weekly art class are with Concordia Community Art Outreach. Gardening Nazareth house’s received the “best garden” award 2008 from Shaughnessy Village Association… This has been a long standing and communal activity. Ours is truly a “healing garden”. We have welcomed the support and initiative of Eco Quartier, on a number of garden projects. Pet Therapy Unlike people, with whom our interactions may be quite complex and unpredictable; animals provide a constant source of comfort. They make us feel safe and unconditionally accepted. Therapeutic Paws of Canada volunteers visit us bimonthly. Yoga Yoga breathing exercises are helpful for people with mental distress because of its grounding effect. As a basic meditation technique, it can help calm the mind, improve sleep, and increase your sense of emotional control. Classes are held Wednesday mornings. Collective Kitchen; Provides a sense of community as well as lessons in nutrition, food preparation, portion control, shopping on a budget, sharing interest & cultural dishes. “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles Schultz
Raising the Roof
Part of the nationwide campaign “Raising the Roof” we raise funds and awareness for the homeless in our community. The focus is on solutions to homelessness.