How you can help

How You Can Help

We believe in a society in which persons with mental illness can be full, contributing members. We extend support to others interested in adopting the L’Abri en Ville model.

L’Abri en Ville could not exist without the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations. Donations and grants allow us to maintain our office and hire skilled coordinators, as well as to support the quality of life of our residents.


Let’s talk about the power of the ordinary. Ordinary things are important – things like having a rouf over your head, food on the table and people around who care. And these thing are the things that L’Abri en Ville focuses on. Recently, one of our residents recalled his reaction when… Read more



Reciprocity is a hallmark of volunteering at L’Abri en Ville. Listen to an exchange between two members of our community:

Patrick: “Before I came here, I slept all the time. After I ate, I went to bed. Now I go out. I go to the library. I go out to eat. We know a lot of people. We talk a lot. It gives me a chance to socialize. I enjoy my life much better than before.”… Read more


… Colleges and universities have also opened up opportunities to chip away at the stigma of mental illness. Teachers have invited residents and volunteers to speak to students about the experience of living with mental illness and the restorative power of community. The students respond appreciatively to hearing the residents’ stories, saying things like: “Each of you said something that made me think, challenged my own perceptions of mental illness, and made me laugh” and, “I learned more about mental illness in this class than in three years at university.”

Our board team (above, left to right):  Afric Eustace, Campbell Stuart, Susan Purcell,Carolyne Harrison, Suzanne Herscovitch, Sandra Baines, Sam Beitel, Cecily Lawson, Eric Widdicombe, Sheila McCarthy,Karen Mitchell (replaced by Shmoal Loterman), Dale MacDonald and Evelyn McAdam.