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 House 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 Departments of Dentistry, ,Social Work , Nursing , Physical and Occupational Therapy, Business “Leadership & Organizational Behavior” We welcome McGill Medicine September 2014 Concordia Community Art Outreach Dawson Social Work, Pearson Culinary School Loyola High School, Villa Maria High School
Community Living & Dining The term homeless is very difficult to define or categorize when dealing with a population estimated to be around 30,000 in the Montreal area. Mental distress, poverty, gambling, alcohol, drugs, family crisis all contribute to this social dilemma. Many organizations become involved at different stages and many agree that re-integration into a social environment is not only desirable but practical for all concerned. Isolation is not an option at Nazareth house. All our residents live within a block of the main residence. Although we encourage autonomy as much as possible. We expect our residents to participate in the daily tasks at the home and join in on the meals as in a family-like situation. Nazareth House believes in a collaborative process involving the person with mental distress, the family, the staff, volunteers, and outreach members, such as health professionals and social workers. The intervention provided must also reflect the unique needs of the individual, thus promoting respect, dignity and autonomy.
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. Guitar Lessons Learn guitar at your own pace from a Dawson student volunteer. Piano Lessons Also available with a volunteer Kitchen Workshops Nutrition, food preparation, portion control, shopping for groceries, sharing interest & cultural dishes. “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” Charles Schultz
Raising the Roof
Being part of the nationwide campaign “Raising the Roof”, we were able to start a project headed by Resource Guide Coordinator Annie Delaney. We now have a very user friendly guide book to provide resources here in Montreal for those whom are homeless and have difficulties navigating. For example; where can you have a hot (free) meal or shower? Where are the “safe” parks to rest? Where can you bring your pet? We look forward to participating with the Raising the Roof toque campaign again in November 2014
Health & Hope
Through the funds awarded from the “Montreal Walks for Mental Health” our health and hope project pairs our residents with a personal trainer from Total home Training. Our aim is to help our men increase their activity level, lose weight, increase flexibility and reduce smoking, believing if you improve your physical health you will improve your mental health. Also; a less tangible measure will be the relationships development for our resident and the trainer. The walking program is also advantageous for our residents who cannot walk alone due to complications of their mental health.