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  • Reply to: My Volunteering Experience for Moisson Montreal   7 years 6 months ago

    It is fun to see that you but yourself out there to volunteer for an organization like this. Society needs people like you who are generous enough to give some time away for the benefit of others. What Moisson Montreal is doing to help out is very important because food is obviously a necessary need for everyone, but yet not everyone is able to get enough. Personally, I volunteered at the Old Brewery Mission to help out the homeless of Montreal by serving them meals during supper. Similarly to me, I think you've also helped the cause of homelessness in Montreal by providing food to people that are less fortunate and this goes a long way to solving the issue. Good work!

  • Reply to: My Volunteer Opportunity : St-Vincent-de-Paul Center   7 years 6 months ago

    First off, congratulations on putting yourself out there and volunteering at this organization. It is fun to see that you went and help others that are in some kind of economic despair and in need of help. I had never heard of this organization before, but what they do seems awesome. As a lot of my work has been about homelessness and how to solve it, I truly believe the St-Vincent-de-Paul Center offers an interesting way of helping the cause. Great work!

  • Reply to: Abstract:Depression in Teenage Boys   7 years 6 months ago

    This is a great subject that you've chosen. We all know by now that the teenage period is not easy for everyone (boys or girls). And as you mentioned, it is a period that affects us for the rest of our lives because it is during that time that we get to know ourselves better and truly develop our own personality. It is also a great idea to write your paper in "simple terms" to make it accessible to the general public.

  • Reply to: Honey, I’m home! #homelessnessbeatenthroughprevention   7 years 7 months ago

    To begin with, I want to say that your article was very interesting and well written. I've decided to volunteer at the Old Brewery Mission because it is one of the most renowned organizations to support homelessness in Montreal. However, it is true that the services they provide to itinerants do not necessarily lead them out of homelessness because their solutions do not aim the root causes of this social issue. It is interesting to view homelessness from a conflict theorist's perspective. In fact, as you explained, homelessness is a great example of how Karl Marx's conflict theory is present in today's society, which is something I had never thought about. I have read a e-book recently called "A Plan, Not a Dream: How to End Homelessness in 10 Years", which was written by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. They are pushing the idea that the most effective way to end homelessness is through "supportive and affordable housing" rather than offering emergency services to homeless people. With that idea in mind, I believe all organizations that support this social issue (which obviously includes the Old Brewery Mission) must invest on this if they truly want to find permanent solutions to homelessness.

    Here is a link to the the book I am referring to:

  • Reply to: Performing Homelessness   7 years 7 months ago

    Very interesting article! I appreciate that you decided to base your work off of my article. Moreover, I found it very interesting that you used Goffman's Performance Theory to explain a possible solution to this issue. I completely agree with you that we must make homeless people aware that they have a crucial role to play in order to get out of homelessness. Obviously, the main reason why I have decided to volunteer at the Old Mission Brewery is because they are one of the most well-known organizations to support the cause of homelessness in Montreal. However, I do agree that they should address the root causes of this issue in order to end homelessness. I have read a read a e-book recently titled "A Plan, Not a Dream: How to End Homelessness in 10 Years". One of the main idea's of this work is that the real solution to homelessness is not by offering immediate needs to the homeless, but rather offering them "supportive and affordable housing". Perhaps the Old Mission Brewery and all the other organizations that seek to find permanent solutions to homelessness should include this in their future plans if they really want to end homelessness once and for all.

    Here is a link to the the book I am referring to:

  • Reply to: The Impact of Sports on Youth   7 years 7 months ago

    First off, I want to say that I liked your article. It was interesting and clear which made it an easy read. It is crazy to see how sport has a huge place not only in the American culture, but in Canadian culture as well. For instance, as the playoffs have begun in hockey, you can hear many people talking about the Montreal Canadiens everywhere around the city and the Province right now. Even newspapers feature Montreal's hockey team on their cover pages. Personally, I have played hockey, basketball, soccer and many other sports in my life and I can affirm that I've learned many lessons while playing these sports (to never give up, teamwork, hard work, etc ). Therefore, I am absolutely not surprised to see that sports have numerous benefits on youth.

  • Reply to: Helping the Homeless (...or not)   7 years 7 months ago

    First off, very interesting article. I did not know that New York City had implemented a program to prevent homelessness a few years ago. Even though the results are not great, I believe it is great that leaders and authorities try to address this issue, as it shows that itinerants are not neglected or ignored. However, it is obvious that it would be a lot better if the program was more effective. I read a E-book recently called "A Plan Not A Dream: How to End Homelessness in 10 Years" written by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. It claims that the most effective and less costly solution to homelessness is through permanent affordable housing rather than emergency services. This is interesting as it shows a different point of view about how we could remedy to this issue both in Canada and in the United States.

    Here's a link to the E-book if you want to check it out:

  • Reply to: What Came First Substance Abuse or Homelessness?   7 years 7 months ago

    Very interesting article. I liked how your article provided a different perspective about the issue by questioning some assumptions that people make about homeless people and the causes of the issue. Personally, I will be volunteering at an organization named the Old Mission Brewery, which helps people in this situation. I will probably be able to hear about different stories of how some itinerants got into homelessness and the real causes explaining why they are in this situation. Perhaps I could write back to you after my volunteer experience to share with you some of those stories to deepen are understanding of the real causes for homelessness.

  • Reply to: Helping The Homeless With Mental Illnesses. Good Or Corrosive For Today's Society?   7 years 8 months ago

    I'd like to begin by affirming that your article is great. It summarizes with detail this particular issue at hand with relevant statistics and intelligent ideas. As you mentioned, even though only a minority of homeless people suffer from mental illness, there is still something that has to be done to support them because they are at risk of many dramatic situations. For instance, last month in Montreal there was this very unfortunate story that became popular about a mentally ill homeless man who was shot dead by Montreal police because he was dangerously wielding a hammer around people. This is just an example that shows how dramatic the ending can be for those in the streets suffering from mental diseases. Therefore, we have to find a solution so that those kinds of situation do not happen again to keep everyone safe.

    If you want to know more about this story, here's a link:

  • Reply to: Homelessness: The Forgotten   7 years 8 months ago

    I'd like to begin by saying that your article was very clear and precise. I agree with you when you say that a solution to homelessness is to put more emphasis on the educational system so that people have the tools to avoid being without a shelter at some point in their lives. However, homelessness is a complex social issue that is caused by many different factors, which can sometimes become overwhelming when trying to find solutions. I found an very interesting article that was on the National Alliance to End Homelessness's website that proposes a plan to end homelessness in only ten years through several steps. This article gives me hope that homelessness can be ended if we decide to address the issue with seriousness.

    If you want to check out the article, here's the link: