Volunteer work at Accueil Bonneau

by gbrouillard on Mai 4, 2016 - 12:12pm

I have decided to do my volunteer work with an organism related to homelessness. After doing some research on the volunteer opportunities close by, I chose to contact the Accueil Bonneau situated in the old Montreal. This organism has as a goal to welcome any homeless person or anyone who is at risk of homelessness by daily journeying with that person in responding to his basic needs and helping him achieve a better quality of life and well-being. The work I did there was to serve the people who came to have a lunch during the second service of the day. I gave chips to people who asked for it. The second service of the day is from 1 pm to 3:15 pm. What surprised me the most during my experience was the fact that many people did not look like what we imagine homeless people look like. Many of them were dressed properly and did not carry any baggage. Also, I was surprised about how the people were thankful and respectful to the volunteers. The reason why I decided to do my volunteer work with homeless people is because I believe that this problem is a social one. It is a social problem mostly because it can affect anyone in the population and it already affects a lot of persons; at least 200,000 Canadians access homeless emergency services or sleep outside in a given year, as many as 1.3 million Canadians have experienced homelessness or extremely insecure housing at some point during the past five years and there may be as many as 50,000 “hidden homeless” Canadians on a given night. In conclusion, I believe that if the government and the population in general could put more emphasis on helping these people, by giving money or by putting in place more programs, it would really reduce the rate of homeless people. The following link is a visual representation of this text.