Entries by William Grigat

Jen & Charlie’s Journey

Jen and Charlie have worked and volunteered for Face à Face for a combined period of 7 years.  Jen began her time with Face à Face as a student while Charlie started out as a volunteer and their commitment to the organization and to the people they work with evolved into many different roles. Charlie […]

Mike Palmer

Mike Palmer is the Executive Director of the Foundation of Catholic Community Services, a non-profit organization that owns the building where Face à Face is currently located. When Centraide unexpectedly cut their funding a year ago, Face à Face was forced to look for a new locale. Of course, finding accommodation is often quite difficult […]

The Harm Reduction Principle

Face à Face is successful in their interventions because of their approach: a humanizing clinical framework that privileges the Harm Reduction Principle. The goal of the Harm Reduction Principle is to reduce harms associated to risky behaviours by actively involving individuals in their own recovery. Through guidance, individuals are encouraged to identify for themselves negative […]

Alfred’s Story

Alfred first encountered Face à Face by accident. He had recently been released from the penitentiary when he came across a sign outside their door advertising free coffee. Twenty-five years later, he still comes around, “I go into to Face à Face to let them know I’m still alive, and to cause trouble, to get […]