CDN-NDG hires homeless, unemployed people to distribute borough flyers
Borough teams up with L’Itinéraire to fight poverty and social exclusion
The borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce has partnered up with community group L'Itinéraire to provide jobs to the homeless or unemployed.
The new employees will go door-to-door to give out information flyers to residents about everything from boil-water advisories to new compost pick up dates.
"When people come to L'Itinéraire, they're looking for a way to get their life back, to do something, to work, to find themselves in society," said Charles-Éric Lavery, the head of social development.
"We want to offer more possibilities and the distribution for the borough was a way to offer something else."
Ray Adam first walked through the doors at L'Itineraire in March, homeless and hoping the community group could help him find a job. He was hired for the flyer distribution project.
He says he's faced a lot of stigma, having lived on the street.
"When you don't have a permanent address, a lot of businesses don't want to hire [you] because they think you are lazy, you don't want to work, you're an alcoholic or a drug addict," he said.
This partnership is the second for L'Itinéraire. It received a contract for a similar project from the City of Montreal in April.