Recruiting for The Café Rencontre

The Café Rencontre is a discussion and support group that helps participants break the cycle of isolation.

This year we will have the opportunity to work with Zoothérapie Québec during one of our activities allowing our participants a chance to break their isolation in the comfort of a dog’s presence. To see more about Zoothérapie Québec and the wonderful work they do, please see the link:

March 9th will be the first day for our Café Rencontre; each meeting will last 2 hours over an eight-week period.

Face à Face is looking for participants!

If you are interested in joining us, or if you know anyone who could benefit from this group, please get in touch with us at the Centre;

Ask for Stefania at 514-934-4546 or send her an email at

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 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.

Lost Funding for Face à Face

To our very dear Family:

It is with great regret that we confirm that our funding from Centraide will be cut by 100% by the end of March 2017. This represents more than 50% of our budget. We are therefore officially at risk of closing our doors.

Having said that, we have no intention of allowing this to happen. Face à Face is composed of a dedicated staff, loyal volunteers and a resourceful clientele.We will gather our forces to move forward and create a new future for Face to Face.

We are asking you at this time to share this information in your social networks, with your employers, your employees and your colleagues, your professors and your students; We are developing tools to help disseminate this information and requests for support. We accept all ideas as well as words of encouragement.

If you would like to make a donation to Face to Face, please follow this link:

From the bottom of our heart, we thank you.

Board Members Needed

Face à Face is looking for new board members, more specifically in the marketing and finance department. The centre needs someone who can champion non profits and help them become viable in difficult times.

Board members are responsible to attend monthly meetings to ensure the financial stability of Face à Face, define and implement long and short term goals, increase and implement hiring and staff policies and ensure the process of the board of directors.

If you are an expert in the field of marketing or finance and would like to give your time to a great organization or have any questions regarding our board members, write to us at


Volunteer Opportunities

We are currently looking for new volunteers for our next session, from January to April 2016.

Being a part of our volunteer team will allow you to gain experience in intervention, active listening, and will give you the opportunity to develop new skills.

Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in joining our team!

Check out the volunteer tab to fill out the application form or write to info@faceafacemontreal.orgteam picture small