Excerpt from L’Abri en Ville 2017 Annual Report posted below.
In May 2017, L’Abri en Ville held an Open House to celebrate our new home. Our attractive three-storey offices have become not just a comfortable work space, but a centre for residents, volunteers and board members to meet. On display at the event were landscapes and abstract paintings permanently donated for our offices by several talented artists, including three volunteers, and both past and present residents.
Residents put the new space to good use. In June they gathered with volunteer guidance, for a workshop to design new art for the notecards they sell to help finance activities. A Hallowe’en party previously held in an apartment was much enjoyed on the office’s more spacious second floor.
Reaching out to the community and collaborating with partners was an important part of our year. Staff, residents and volunteers presented our photo display and pamphlets at several events highlighting mental health awareness. After months of preparation and consultation with Nazareth House, three men from the downtown shelter moved into one of our apartments. We welcomed help from the Rotary Club of Westmount who brightened many of our homes with a coat of fresh paint.
The year 2017`marked a leap forward in the visual quality of our publications. The board agreed to support printing all future bi-annual newsletters in full colour. In addition, the talented graphic artist and volunteer who also designs our newsletter, transformed our Annual Report into an attractive and easily- readable document.
Volunteers contributed in many other ways, from engaging residents in social activities to serving on our board of directors. Our new board room was named after co-president Gael Eakin in recognition of her great generosity with her time, talent and resources. Seven new volunteers joined us during the year.