A shelter is a home, a place to live and reflect upon what has happened to you. It is a communal living environment that will be your transition home for a period of time. Living spaces are shared with other residents. Common living spaces are the kitchen, living room and a play room for the children.
As soon as you enter the residence a worker will admit you and your family, she will introduce you to other residents and workers and show you to your room. You will have a worker assigned to you, who will work with you throughout your stay. She will help you access other services that you are entitled to and also work with your emotional well being. Workers are there to support you and help you regain confidence in yourself, focus on your strengths, and advocate for your rights.
Children are also part of our environment and they also have access to a youth worker. During your stay, if you are a mother, you will also meet her and she will help you with your children and will provide them with emotional support, social outlets and stimulating activities.
The workers at our center also come from diverse ethnic groups and we are able to speak several languages. French and English are the main languages of service.
Perhaps you have a few questions that you would like to ask us. Below we have answered the most frequently asked questions.
Everything is provided for you, you do not need to bring towels, sheets, etc. Bring only a few personal items; a limited amount of clothes, your medications, your important documents and your child's favourite toy. If you need to leave in a hurry, leave immediately. Your safety and the safety of your children are more important than any document or piece of clothing.
All shelters require structure to meet the needs of the users of their services. There are rules concerning supper hours, laundry times, household chores and also a nightly curfew. We ask that you participate in the chores and keep the living environment a clean and healthy place for all the persons sheltered. Meals are prepared conjointly with other residents. Chores and supper preparations are discussed and assigned during the community groups.
Shelters offer short-term stays and can usually accommodate for a period of up to two (2) months.
The youth worker will look after your children during your meetings.
Due to physical living conditions and diversity of people sheltered, it is impossible to share the communal environment with pets. However, pets can be placed in a shelter for animals and we have names of resources that are available to assist you.
It will not cost you anything to come to the shelter. All our services are free of charge. We ask that you respect the rules, keep your personal living space clean and be an active participant in groups and individual meeting s during your stay.
The sensitizations workshops of about 1h15 minutes are offered in educational establishments. They can be offered to a particular group or to all students of the same grade level. Various themes are presented, such as: respect in love relationships, jealousy, the forms of violence, the cycle of violence, anger vs. violence, sexuality or other themes according to the needs of the school or questions prompted by the students.
We also offer different training on conjugal violence to community organizations', private companies that made a request. We also talk about violence that may be experienced in a work environment, and what to do if a colleague is a victim.
Our workshops and training take place in an interactive manner with the participants. The activities may take on several forms, group discussions, role playing, informal theatrical presentations in order to respond as much as possible to the needs of the organizations and the companies that want to learn more about violence.
The Pavillon Margerite de Champlain offers a training session "Intervening In cultural contexts" in different environnements. This is offered to persons to better help them intervene in an intercultural contect and to encourage the adaptation of their services to the needs and the realities of women from various cultures.
If you wish to obtain more information on these sessions, do not hesitate to contact us and it will be our pleasure to answer your questions.
This 3 hours sensitization program explains the repercussion of conjugal violence on the children development.
This formation includes a 28 minutes video and intervention procédures for the childcare workers and anyone who works with children.
The workshop is offered conjointly with police services of Longueuil. It last approximately an hour and a half to two hours. This took place by a PowerPoint presentation and a video. This is very interactive durring which we explain the hidden face of conjugal violence, different type of violence, the role of women's shelter and the one of the police services. This workshop is for everyone, your intervention and administrative team, your volunteers, your members, your users, etc.
If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone at 450-656-1946
External services are offered as a follow-up at the departure and to women who do not request shelter
SOS Violence conjugale: www.sosviolenceconjugale.ca
Fédération de ressources d'hébergement pour femmes violentées et en difficulté du Québec: www.fede.qc.ca
CAVAC Montérégie (Centre d'aide aux victimes d'actes criminels): www.cavac.qc.ca
Institut National de Santé Publique: www.inspq.qc.ca
Information juridique (Éducaloi): www.educaloi.qc.ca
Maison Internationale de la Rive-Sud: www.mirs.qc.ca
Centre Sino-Québec de la Rive-Sud: www.sinoquebec.ca
CDC de Longueuil: www.cdclongueuil.org