MAT: ADDICTION AND RECOVERY

"After years of struggling with depression, I started using drugs and alcohol to calm my feelings of worthlessness. Drugs made me feel worse, and I kn...

"After years of struggling with depression, I started using drugs and alcohol to calm my feelings of worthlessness. Drugs made me feel worse, and I knew deep down that I wasn't living the life I wanted. I tried to put on a happy face and lie to family and friends, but in reality, I had lost the battle with addiction.

Thanks to the support of my family, my community, and the right therapist, I was able to get my life back on track. Today, I'm proud to be 4 years sober from all substances.

I'm now considered a trustworthy, reliable and stable person, and I'm really proud to be a productive member of society again. By sharing my story, I hope to remove the stigma that's attached to addiction and mental illness."

Last year, 8,661 people in our community received help coping with challenges and critical situations arising from addiction, abuse and stressful unforeseen events.

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THANK YOU FROM SYLVIA AND BILLY

“Rain or shine, I can count on being welcomed by friends at our weekly get-togethers. I enjoy eating lunch together and doing activities like Bingo ...

“Rain or shine, I can count on being welcomed by friends at our weekly get-togethers. I enjoy eating lunch together and doing activities like Bingo – especially when I win a prize! It’s nice to know that people care about me.” – Sylvia

“It makes me happy to spend time with friends, enjoy a meal together, have good conversation, and even tell a few jokes. A smile can go a long way to making someone feel like they belong!” – Billy

Last year, we provided over 400 individuals with ongoing mental health challenges the opportunity to increase social interaction, break away from isolation, and stabilize their health, reducing setbacks and hospitalization.

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THANK YOU FROM DEBBIE

“I have faced many barriers in my life, including finding and being able to keep a job. I was on welfare until I started to work in a sheltered work...

“I have faced many barriers in my life, including finding and being able to keep a job. I was on welfare until I started to work in a sheltered workshop here in Montreal. That was 16 years ago. Working here has given me self-confidence, many friendships, and the ability to live on my own as I earn a steady salary. I am a productive part of society, and now know the feeling of success.”

Federation CJA funds 23 different programs to ensure that individuals with disabilities can participate actively in community life.

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THANK YOU FROM STUART

"Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, I eat dinner at Le Café. I've been coming here since the first night it opened, around Purim 2009. I like the fo...

"Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, I eat dinner at Le Café. I've been coming here since the first night it opened, around Purim 2009. I like the food and the people I meet here, but my favourite thing is the volunteers. They all make me feel so welcome every time I walk through the door. Because of this community, I feel like my needs are truly understood."

Last year, Federation CJA served over 27,000 free, hot, kosher meals at Le Café to those in need, with 6% of recipients being children.

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