To be employed at the Maison du Père...
Psychosocial worker (16 ans)
I work with people who, though they have housing, live in a precarious situation due to physical and mental health problems or addictions. I manage their budgets, among other things. My role is to help these people keep their home and to support them when they experience difficulties. I work in partnership with healthcare, social services and community professionnals. I ensure connections are make and follow-up occurs. I also help thses men keel their homes clean. This service enable me start a conversaion with tmep and to intervene, if the applicable. By listening and following-up with them, I'm able to break down barrier of loneliness built around these men.
They know how important the support they are offered is. I am often told : " I'd have lost everything a long time ago... I don,t want to go back to the streets..."
Community Health Care Coordinator
A number of reasons led to the Maison du Père creating its own clinical team and a convalescent care service: the lack of respite care location for people without addresses who recently underwent an operation, was one part; the behaviour of these people when faced with rigid healthcare system rules was another. What sets our services apart is that they re adapted to the realities of our users, to the pace of they desire to rehabilitate themselves. With the help of the Maison du Père's psychosocial professionals, we have successfully foged trusting relationships with these isolated men. Wr also work hand-in-hand with a number of healthcare system professionnals.
We do more than just care for our users. We are a bridge between them and public services and we often serve as a stepping stone toward retakinfg their place in society.
Shelter Social Worker (5 years)
Street Worker (23 years)
Contraty to what people say, I firmly believe that the Maison du Père does not infantilize the men that it welcomes into its shelter. It simply gives them back the dignity that they believed they no longer deserved. By walking through our doors, they take their first steps toward reinvesting themselves in society. So we have to start at the bottom, teaching them to build relationships again and list their life goals.
It's the same idea as when a friend breaks a leg, for example. We take care of him, we help him to eat and dress until he can walk on his own. Men on the street are broken emotionally or by mental health problems. It may not be as visible as a broken leg, but the need for helps is the same.
It’s astonishing to see the outstanding strength of the men that I support in my role as a psychosocial social worker at Maison du Père. Every day, these men affect me deeply with their courage, perseverance and drive. Above all, these individuals demonstrate exemplary resilience and the desire to leave behind poverty, homelessness and instability. I’m proud to be part of Maison du Père’s wonderful social reintegration intervention team.
I believe in human-centred values that guide our actions as we support these men who want to take back control of their lives. Our clients also teach us many things about ourselves. They bring us back to critical people-centred values that are too often forgotten and neglected in our modern society. Maison du Père’s social reintegration component is critical for these men who have fundamental rights and who want to return to their place in society.
Shelter Social Worker (2017)
At Maison du Père, we support men who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless. But above all, these men are sons, cousins, brothers and even fathers. Everyone is equally important here, that’s why I love my work so much. As a nurse aid, I take care of these people. I create wonderful relationships while supporting them in their daily routines, which includes everything from going to the grocery store to taking a shower. Quite simply, I’m there for them, making sure that they have they comfort they deserve as people.
I would like to explain a bit about a social worker’s role here at Maison du Père.
First, it’s impossible to miss the fact that it’s a very rich professional experience centred on people. I am lucky to truly work as a team. At Maison du Père, we sincerely support each other and take advantage of each other’s knowledge and potential so that we can do our best work. We enjoy sharing the same field of activity.
We take a comprehensive view of the men who come through our doors, meaning we work with the whole person, so we can better understand them and assist them.
We put people first in every intervention. Each man has his life story. Our actions have to be adapted to each problem encountered (addiction, mental health issues, aging, etc.). The length of our follow-up also varies a lot. Some men only spend a brief time here, while others live at our locations for several years.
Fortunately, we’re not governed by a complex, impersonal administrative protocol. This flexibility makes the role of social worker more enjoyable, both for the person who does this work as well as the person with whom we are working.