The Bunker

By: Dans La Rue  09-12-2011
Keywords: Overnight Shelter

The Bunker is Montreal's largest overnight shelter for minors. That may not sound like much but, until the Bunker opened, if you were a runaway, had been kicked out of your home or you simply had no home, there was no place in the city where you could spend the night safely.

Located in one of downtown Montreal's roughest neighborhoods, the Bunker provides a safe haven where street kids can decompress and escape criminals and predators who often prey on them, where they can reassess the choices they've made and access counselling and other services.

The Bunker got its' name from the kids as a result of a contest initiated by Pops and is staffed day and night by trained, professional counsellors. The counsellors are there to listen, open up real lines of communication and then help kids access services that can help them survive the streets and build better lives.

Keywords: Overnight Shelter

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The school is staffed by specially trained teachers from the CREP who work with students throughout the school year and coordinate closely with an outreach counsellor who ensures psychosocial follow-up for each student. Dans la rue also has a scholarship fund in place to allow students to pursue their educational goals after they finish their schooling with us, whether in high school, professional trade school, CEGEP or university.


Front Line Services

The team is key to shaping each individual's experience at Dans la Rue providing a consistent source of support and giving youths the confidence to move forward and make positive changes in their lives. Front-line counsellors deal with difficult problems resulting from addictions and mental health issues that affect many street kids every day.


Chez Pops

For some it is a hot healthy meal at the cafeteria and for others it is to pick up warm clothes or basic items at our depot. If the Van is the public face of Dans la rue, Chez Pops is its beating heart. Chez Pops is open weekdays and more than 120 street kids visit daily. During peak periods that number can climb as high as 200.


The Van

When people think of Dans la rue the image that most often come to mind is of Pops driving the Van and passing out hot dogs to street kids on a cold winter night. The volunteers on the Van also give out basic personal items such as soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes and distribute more than 200 provision bags per week. The Van is entirely manned by volunteers and cruises the downtown core five nights a week dispensing hot dogs and hot drinks.


Dans la Rue - Services

From food, shelter and healthcare all the way to accessing higher education, we try to provide services that nourish not only the bodies but also the minds, spirits and dreams of the kids we serve. The street kids we serve desperately need help and Dans la rue is one of the very few organizations that provides this help. Sometimes a hot dog and a hug are all that stands between coping and complete despair.