The women we welcome at La rue des Femmes are survivors of major trauma. Living in a state of homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless, they suffer from chronic posttraumatic stress. Over the past 26 years of welcoming and providing care on a daily basis to these women, we have learned that all of them have experienced unspeakable violence, often starting in childhood. This violence has left profound relational wounds that affect their capacity to feel safe and to connect with themselves and with others.
Healing homelessness necessarily requires that we recognize the relational wounds caused by violence. It requires giving these women access to security, care and treatment. Only then will these survivors be able to break free of their post-traumatic stress, find healing and return to a normal life.
La rue des Femmes’ Relational Health Institute
Over the past 26 years, we have developed our relational health intervention approach and gathered together the necessary elements to build La rue des Femmes into a relational health centre.
- A centre offering therapeutic and preventive care in relational health, including day centres offering various methods of therapy aimed at ensuring personal safety, healing and a return to normal life for women in a state of homelessness or at risk of homelessness.
- Emergency shelter and transitional housing services.
- A community care clinic.
- An integrated centre for research and expertise offering internships and training in the area of relational health.
- A creator of alliances and partnerships with organizations working in the field of homelessness, with a focus on women experiencing homelessness.
- A catalyst for change and for promoting awareness and understanding of relational health among the public and governments.
Our campaign cabinet
Objectives of the Relational Health Institute for 2024
- Accelerate the healing of women experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.
- Increase the number of women who receive care and services each year from 1,230 to 1,500.
- Increase the number of women maintained in housing from 350 to 700 by 2024.
- Change the paradigm of homelessness.
- Promote an intervention model based on relational health.
- Innovate with a solution to homelessness that has proven to be both successful and sustainable.