Face à Face is in Danger of Closing its Doors for Good

After 35 years of serving Montrealers in need, the Listening and Intervention Centre is struggling to survive after its core funding has been cut.

Face à Face may be forced to leave its clients out in the cold.

Shortly before the holidays, Face à Face was notified that Centraide would be slashing 100% of their financing to the agency effective March 31st , 2017. This totals $119,400 in cuts and represents more than half of their operating budget.  With Centraide giving them only three months notice, the Centre is dangerously close to closing its doors, leaving some of the most vulnerable people in the community without the services and support that they depend on.

Whilst The Centre relies on over 120 volunteers donating over 10,000 hours per year, without this amount of financial support, Face à Face will no longer be able to afford to rent its current premises or even pay their phone lines used to answer the calls of many distressed Montrealers struggling with Mental Health Issues and Social Isolation.

Closing its doors is not something Face à Face can conceive of: it would mean leaving 724 homeless individuals and 848 individuals at risk of becoming homeless without counseling, support, or a fixed address to receive financial assistance and/or identification documents. Additionally, the 22,000 plus active listening interventions carried out each year by Face à Face would need to be absorbed by other organisations within the sector — who are already overwhelmed — or the well-being of the individuals who rely on Face à Face will be in jeopardy.

“Cut-backs and loss of financial support has destabilized not only the Centre but also those we represent; this is a prime example of how quickly things can change for the worse. Like many of the individuals we work with, through no fault of their own, circumstances can render us all incredibly vulnerable.” – Grace Fontes, Director of Face à Face

Marketing volunteers for Face à Face have created a ‘crisis microsite’ which details the circumstances and how the public can help at crisis.faceafacemontreal.org and are calling everyone to join their efforts in continuing to promote the culture of care.

We believe that Montrealers share our vision of a strong, diverse, inclusive community where people are more than their problems. Face à Face is counting on the community’s support so that we may prevent our clients who are marginalized from experiencing yet another loss.