« People living with mental health challenges suffer from discrimination and isolation.
Project P.A.L., a bilingual community organization, founded in 1975, responds to these issues by offering diverse services using an alternative approach of empowerment and mutual aid :
- a daily drop-in centre offers community meals and many social and educational activities;
- a housing program offers short and long term housing and follow-up services and is committed to the creation and development of affordable social housing;
- a defense of rights program addresses the needs through aid, accompaniment, and advocacy; through collective action, political lobbying and public education, Project P.A.L. is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those who live with mental health challenges. »
About PROJET P A L INC
Located in the heart of Verdun, a low-income working class neighbourhood in south-west Montreal, is Project P.A.L.. This alternative mental health resource has been a hub of community activism, mutual aid and support since 1975 for its many members. Walk through our doors, open 354 days a year, and you will find a bustling community life, rich with activity, creativity and caring. We assist people with defense of rights, housing help and numerous other services. Our centre offers full suppers and soups 4 times a week to people that have mental health challenges. Our program differentiates itself from other programs because it is built on the “empowerment” model. Our aim is not merely to feed people with mental health problems; we wish to make it possible for these individuals to develop the tools that are necessary in order for them to feed themselves. Therefore, it is people with mental health problems that plan, cook and serve the food to the other clients of our organisation.