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.

READ MORE HIDE
THANK YOU FROM VALERIA

"Two years ago, we left our friends and family in Argentina to search for a better life in Montreal. We only knew one family here who was a part of th...

"Two years ago, we left our friends and family in Argentina to search for a better life in Montreal. We only knew one family here who was a part of the Jewish community and referred us to an immigration counselor. We were welcomed and we learned a lot: how to navigate the school system, how to survive the winter, and where to access services. Trying to find housing, daycare, and jobs can be very overwhelming! We also received support in completing government forms, learning how to prepare for interviews, and adapting our CVs to Canada.

Today, I'm working, my husband is studying full-time at university and we recently welcomed our second daughter. We’ve made new friends and are enjoying life in this lively city, where each season has something great to offer. We are more than grateful for all the support we received during those early stages when we needed it the most."

Last year, close to 1,700 immigrants received support services including pre-migration consulting, arrival and settlement assistance, language courses and outings to facilitate integration into the Montreal Jewish community.

READ MORE HIDE
THANK YOU FROM JACK

“I’m a widower without much family in Montreal, and it can be lonely, even though I’ve lived in this neighbourhood most of my life. I’ve been ...

“I’m a widower without much family in Montreal, and it can be lonely, even though I’ve lived in this neighbourhood most of my life. I’ve been coming to Le Café since it opened in 2009, and I look forward to it each week.

Le Café is a place where I can meet new friends and old, share a meal, and be a part of the community. For some people, this hot meal makes all the difference, and no one is turned away. It’s a terrific resource in the community and I really feel welcome here.”

Since 2009, Federation CJA has served over 194,000 free, hot, kosher meals at Le Café to those in need.

READ MORE HIDE
THANK YOU FROM JUDITH AND SIDNEY

“Thanks to the generous support of donors to Federation CJA and volunteers in our community, underprivileged children in elementary and high schools...

“Thanks to the generous support of donors to Federation CJA and volunteers in our community, underprivileged children in elementary and high schools across the city benefit from the Lunch for a Bunch program.

Before this program was created, these students arrived at school without a lunch, which left them hungry and affected their ability to concentrate in school. Now, twice a week, they receive healthy kosher meals – each one packaged anonymously so the children aren’t singled out. We are reassured knowing that Federation CJA is thinking of and can provide for these students living in difficult situations. A big thank you from our school for this mitzvah.”

Last year, 8,076 nutritious kosher lunches were prepared and delivered to 155 students across 30 schools in Montreal, who otherwise would have gone without.

READ MORE HIDE