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By Alan Hustak for VMO
Monday, March 31st, 2022

Vital steps will be taken to shelter some of Montreal’s thousands of homeless women when construction starts today on a new facility in Shaughnessy Village.

The conversion of a Tupper Street apartment into a facility called Anne’s House will provide apartments and communal space for 30 women out of the city’s estimated 6,000 homeless mothers, sisters and daughters.

Anne’s House, brought to fruition by Nazareth House and jointly funded by Batir son quartier and a $500,000 endowment from an anonymous donor, is expected to open in December.  It will replicate the Nazareth House shelter for men, which operates as communal lodging for 24.

Sheila Woodhouse, director of Nazareth House, said Anne’s House will address the specific needs of homeless women.

“It’s a whole different dynamic for women,” Woodhouse told VilleMarieOnline.  

“There are a growing number of women in compromising situations who shouldn’t have to be.  They are afraid to live on the streets and many find themselves in unhealthy, compromising situations simply to get off the street.  One of the biggest problems associated with mental illness and homelessness is social isolation.”

Father John Walsh, honorary president of the Nazareth House board, said isolation will be ameliorated by the presence of common spaces in the facility while residents are still assured of having privacy and dignity in their own apartments.

Walsh said he is gratified by the way neighbors in Shaughnessy Village have supported the project.

Anne’s House was proposed by Nazareth board member Robin Burns, whose late sister struggled with mental illness. Conversion work will be done by Dorbec Construction, which has a female president, Rosa Fierimonto.

Nazareth House was founded in 1976 by Dennis Hadley, a convert to Catholicism, who gave up a good paying job in Ottawa to work with the homeless, and by his wife, Lucille. It opened at its present location on Seymour Street in 1983.


Last Night at the Gayete


By Deborah Rankin

The Centaur Theatre's - season is drawing to a close with its final production of Last Night at the Gayety, a musical comedy by Bowser & Blue which runs until May 22nd.

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The Church is called to walk with Jesus on the roads of the world, in order to meet the humanity of today.

by Pope Francis

Father Dowd Trust Fund

Paul Donovan walks the Camino Ignatiano

Follow former Loyola High School principal, Paul Donovan, as he walks the famous 700km Camino Ignatiano.



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