La rue des Femmes, a non-profit organization founded in 1994, is dedicated to care and rehabilitation of homeless in a state of homelessness, research, teaching, prevention and promotion of relational health.
- Offer therapeutic and preventive care to women who are in a state of homelessness;
- Engage in research and provide training in relational health to care providers;
- Raise public awareness about the issues and challenges of homelessness;
- Promote the understanding that relational health is a critical aspect of overall health, and that it is as vitally important as one’s physical and mental well-being.
- Change people’s understanding of homelessness;
- Modify the approach to the care provided to people living in a state of homelessness;
- Become a leader in relational health care, research and training;
- Offer our services to all homeless women, regardless of the severity of their situation.
Here I have seen women wounded on the inside get better. I thought to myself that if it worked for them, maybe it could work for me too. (…) At La rue des Femmes, I was shown my potential; that’s how I was able to regain control over my life.
– Sylvie, participant.
La rue des Femmes is made up of three houses. Within these houses, there is emergency and transitional accommodation, and two day centers where nourishing meals are served and where bonds are forged through activities and shared conversation. There’s a laundry service, a thrift store, an outreach clinic, assistance with administrative procedures and development of trusts, and above all, a welcoming atmosphere and specialized care in relational health that allow women to heal and reclaim their lives.
The year 2022-2023 by the numbers:
- 1,517 women helped
- 107,395 meals served
- 55,821 hours of relational, therapeutic, specialized care, as well as rehabilitation and inclusion activities
- 22,432 overnight stays
- 312 women kept in housing