Hello,

In this storm that life brings us, our family has been through a lot.We asked for help from The Kangaroo House who responded to our call for help by offering us support and a lot of empathy for what we were going through.We, my partner, the children and I are grateful for this wave of love.
Thank you so much.

 

 

 

Hello,

I am a single mother of four children and I was in financial impasse following a separation and a few setbacks. I turned to The Kangaroo House and was able to speak with a lady who was very attentive. She directly offered me her help and in truth, I really had a weight less on my shoulders. This organization saved my life when I needed it most. I, who never had the need to ask for help, was surprised by the speed. Very nice organization.
Thank you so much.

 

 

 

Hello,

I just spoke to you to ask for your help. I really appreciate everything you do at The Kangaroo House to help us. Thanks to you my daughter will be able to stay with me. I am extremely lucky to have found you during such difficult times in my life. Thanks again. I will keep you informed of the court’s decision tomorrow with the pleasure of sharing and I wish you a very nice day.
Thanks

 

Hello,

Thank you very much to The Kangaroo House for your help. Then a wonderful woman appeared with this organization to willingly offer us a place despite the pitfalls. Maximum help in record time. Thank you to you and to The Kangaroo House for this great help.

 

Hello,

I would like to thank The Kangaroo House for the help. It is so appreciated. I have just separated and I have 4 children in my care. I absolutely needed help and they were able to help me, listen to me and above all support me.
Thank you very much!

 

Hello,

Thank you to The Kangaroo House for responding so quickly. My children and I are new immigrants to Quebec. I accepted a temporary job and was hoping to become permanent. Unfortunately, I didn’t get permanent and lost all my income. I applied for social assistance, employment insurance and applied for several jobs. We are currently in a waiting period. I am a single mother of two boys aged 8 and 14. My children have different fathers and one of them died. We had to live on the streets or potentially stay in the hospital emergency room for shelter. Thanks to your support, I am able to overcome this ordeal. My kids will have a safe place to sleep, and for once in almost a year, we won’t just have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for meals. We have no family or friends in Canada. Kangaroo House is such a wonderful breath of fresh air for the trials we have faced. Amen! I hope God will align things in our favor after these trials.
Thanks!

 

Hello,

I am a mother of 3 children and my granddaughter. We lived in an apartment that had a mold problem and we all got very sick. The owner refused to resolve the problem so we had to leave our apartment. I was very frustrated, stressed and didn’t know what else to do. I understand that the owner wanted to conclude an agreement to end the lease that I signed but unfortunately, I did not find any accommodation at that time so I made several calls to different organizations but I did not receive the help I needed. I found The Kangaroo House and that’s where I received help. I have never regretted contacting them. If anyone ever finds themselves in the same or similar situation, do not hesitate to contact The Kangaroo House. They will help you in the best possible way. I would like to thank you once again for the great help I received. I am very grateful.

 

Hello,

I am a single mother of 2 children and I am currently going through a very difficult situation. The people at The Kangaroo House are really kind for offering me help. Thanks to them, I could meet certain basic and necessary needs for my children from the first days of the new year.
I greatly appreciate them for their generosity and wish them a happy new year.

 

Hello,

Thank you to The Kangaroo House, for listening, advice and your humanity without judgment. The Kangaroo House guides us and knows how to reassure us in our role as parents. It allows young people to feel supported, heard and this is the key to the success of our young people. Thank you, because my son can enter adolescence feeling respected.
And thank you a thousand times for the help with the gift card, having a big family it helps so much. Continue your good work.

 

 

Hello,

To give a short story about my situation, I have been a single parent for 4 years now with my 7 year old daughter, and let’s say that it has not always been easy as you know, with the cost of living which continues to increase. It’s not always easy to make ends meet, but in short, I’ve known The Kangaroo House for several years and I want to thank them greatly. I am very grateful to you for your help and a special thank you to Josée. She was always there to give me valuable advice. I received a lot, either for everyday things, groceries and gift cards etc. I am so grateful, and it is very precious in my heart to be able to count on The Kangaroo House. A big thank you to Josée, you are a remarkable person.
A big thank you to you and your entire team at The Kangaroo House.

 

 

Hello,

Thank you from our family to yours. We truly appreciate your generosity and thoughtfulness. The Kangaroo House really offered us emotional support as well as family activities, event tickets and gift cards. I remember times when I was really at my lowest in my life, and The Kangaroo House was there for me when I needed them. We love being part of this community. The Kangaroo House is a family to us, and it has somehow become that.

 

Hello,

I would like to thank The Kangaroo House for the help provided with a donation for me and my children. I’m going through a difficult time financially. The Kangaroo House offered me great listening skills as well as great support through the help I received. Thanks to The Kangaroo House I won’t be on the street next month.
Thank you a thousand times!

 

Hello,

When resources are lacking and adversity presents itself on all sides, The Kangaroo House reveals itself as a beacon protecting families from shipwreck. We arrived in Quebec urgently following the serious injury of one of our two children. We lived abroad for the last five years in Mom’s country and when our oldest had his accident, he quickly needed quite delicate surgery. Unfortunately the country’s health system could not support him and we had to come to Canada to treat him. With all the unexpected costs to pay for emergency transportation, health care and examinations, emergency passports and visas, etc., we quickly found ourselves very destitute upon our arrival in Quebec. We spent two truly grueling and painful weeks where we were constantly consumed by worry, remaining completely helpless in the face of our child’s suffering. Praise God, our child was able to receive his surgery upon arriving in Quebec and is now on the road to recovery. But as we found ourselves with nothing when we arrived, without winter clothes, food or accommodation (in the middle of a housing crisis to add to our misfortune!), it was very difficult to adapt quickly to this sudden change and completely unexpected. We would like, on the part of my wife, on my part and that of our two children, to thank from the bottom of our hearts The Kangaroo House which has provided us with extremely valuable help during this particularly difficult period for us. Where else could we have found such help? What would we have done without her? We would particularly like to thank Madame Fortin who appeared unexpectedly like a guardian angel in our lives, and who was able not only to enlighten us on our path, but also to finally give us an emergency break from adversity, allowing us to finally catch our breath. Once again, thank you very much and we remain enormously marked by the attention, listening and help we received from The Kangaroo House. Your work will always be a source of inspiration, faith and joy for us. With all our affection!
Very sincerely, the family of the injured child.

 

Hello,

La Maison Bleue Côte-des-Neiges would like to thank you very much for the financial assistance provided to one of our single-parent mothers. Thanks to your donations, we were able to allow her to have a sitter at home to take care of her two children aged 11 years and 11 months during her delivery. The children were thus able to stay together during this period and the mother was able to leave the house reassured. As newcomers with no support network and a multitude of other stressors, these donations have made a huge difference for this family.
Thank you so much!

 

Hello,

I went through a fire yesterday morning and lost everything following the fire. I am a single parent with two children aged 11 years and 14 months.
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart The Kangaroo House for your telephone support and for your great generosity, just a big wow. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, lucky you are here that you exist. You guys are really awesome. Thank you very much to all of you.
I love you very much, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

 

Hello,

I contacted The Kangaroo House to seek emergency help for one of my homeless pregnant clients who needed accommodation for the weekend.
I was pleasantly surprised by the warmth and understanding of Josée who immediately answered the call. She agreed to help my client with a reassuring and quick plan.
Thank you very much to The Kangaroo House and to your sensitivity Josée!
Intake counselor, Mother and Child programPortage – Freedom from Addiction

 

Hello,

We received a call from the PDQ for a lady and her 14 year old daughter who were at the central station after hours. The lady refused to leave and said she had no place to stay, because she had just arrived in Montreal from Toronto. During our calls with the lady, she was not very coherent, seemed lost, and we could feel her coldness through these words. We went to the station to join them around 2:30 am. The two were in the station parking lot. The lady showed great discomfort in the cold. Our workers called all the resources they knew, but either they no longer had room for both, or they could only accept one of the two because of the ages. The mother and daughter did not want to separate for the night (we had suggested a youth resource for the daughter and Guy-Favreau for the mother). Searching on the internet, we found the organization The Kangaroo House. So we called there, their representative was happy to help us, she hung up so she could make calls to the hotel for us. When she called back, she told us it was possible to help us for the night with the mother and daughter. The two were therefore placed in the hotel, nice and warm for the night. The Social Development Society is extremely grateful to The Kangaroo House. Thanks to you, a mother and her daughter were able to spend the night warm, together, during a situation that had already caused its share of stress.

 

Hello,

I thank The Kangaroo House for helping me with transportation for my new job. A little help that will change our lives in a lasting way. Thank you for existing to support parents. Your organization is truly the only one I know that recognizes the great need of parents to receive the support that is so essential so that we can give the best to our children. Your assistance is essential. Thank you to everyone who contributes to a world where parents are not left totally to their own devices, exhausted, overloaded and trying to make ends meet.

 

Hello,

We landed on October 7th in Canada and requested a refugee file. We submitted our file, but we had a lot on our trip, food and hotel rooms. We no longer had money left to feed the family. I called many social organizations and fortunately The Kangaroo House agreed to help us.
Josée is the lady we spoke to. First, she listened to us and then helped us to relocate temporarily in a hotel room. Then we were given a food voucher to survive until our demand was treated. She also guided us through information about work and how to survive here in Canada. I am really grateful to The Kangaroo House for helping us in this moment of crisis. I really appreciate Josée efforts towards my family.
Thank you

 

Hello,

I wanted to thank from the bottom of my heart The Kangaroo House who responded to our call for help for me and my partner to have an emergency break. Being in a particularly difficult situation since the birth of our second child, we needed some time to recharge our batteries and The Kangaroo House was able to meet our needs. With this help, we will be able to have a moment to ourselves.
You will understand that with two children with precarious health conditions and between two hospitalizations it is very difficult to allow ourselves time for ourselves in order to decompress, but with the financial assistance received we will be able to have access to a period of care for our two children.
Thank you a thousand times!

 

Hello,

I was referred to Josee and The Kangaroo House for assistance from the social worker. Shortly after the birth of my daughter, we learn that my husband has terminal cancer. The financial aid for groceries and diapers have helped us through this devastating time in our life.

 

Hello,

I am 20 years old and took in both of my younger sisters, ages 10 and 15. I struggle immensely trying to support us financially. It was a struggle to buy groceries, clothes and pay bills. Luckily, I was given information about The Kangaroo House by my social worker and came in contact with Josée. Josée went above and beyond by giving me information on housing and not to mention the emergency funds I needed. Josée and The Kangaroo House lifted a weight off my shoulders and I am very appreciative.
Thankyou.

 

Hello,

I would like to thank The Kangaroo House for its support, sometimes we think we are alone, but we are never alone. I didn’t dare to ask for help and one day I had no choice. If I had known all this, I would not have waited so long. Here is a little insight of my story.
I am a mother of five children, three of whom are minors. My 11-year-old son is in a rehabilitation center three hours away. I’m trying to have him transferred to a center closer to home to make travel easier and have the chance to see him as often as possible but unfortunately, it’s not done as easily which causes me astronomical costs to be able to go and the time with him without counting the wear and tear on the car for traveling. In addition, I have to rent a place with enough rooms for my five children and feed them.
I had an extremely difficult year with my health and with my violent ex-partner. I’m trying everything I can to get through it, but it seems like the problems are just piling up. Thank you to The Kangaroo House for supporting me through our challenges, for listening and for your help.

 

Hello,

Thank you to The Kangaroo House for this beautiful gift! It was a special day that we enjoyed very much! Your generosity makes many people happy!

 

Hello,

A nice surprise from Mrs. Josée Fortin from The Kangaroo House who called me this summer to offer us a wonderful family moment. Not only does she have a great heart but she remembered our family and the difficulties we were going through. I couldn’t believe she thought of our family to try this new activity. We were able to choose our time to do the activity with all the whims of mother nature this summer for a beautiful sunny and warm September afternoon. Ms. Fortin offered us a great family adventure for the famous pirate ship stationed at the Old Port of Montreal, Voiles en Voiles. We were able to enjoy all the attractions for four hours, it was worth the detour. We used it until the last minute.
What I appreciated for a mother in the mini pirate village were especially the activities for all ages and of different difficulties. My youngest, almost two years old, had fun sliding around in the pirate ship while his sisters went on the course. Then we all tried the IMAX cinema with the moving benches; however, the girls were scared when the sea monsters appeared. They quickly forgot their fear by going to the inflatable games so everyone was connected to each other.
It was crazy, fun and after only an hour we were burned and out of breath. A lovely, fun and sporty afternoon we even think we have lost three kg and we are reasonable in our figures. And we ended up with a few carousel rides, even though we had started with that before leaving the site to return to the normal world and the evening routine before daycare and school.
As we left the site, the children asked me when we would go back because they didn’t have time to try everything. We understand that there were courses for the most advanced and that they were forbidden to them in a certain way. In short, it’s really a beautiful place to discover as a family and to adopt. Bring good shoes and large bottles of water… you can fill them directly on their site, but you still need a basic water bottle… I would even say obligatory because you’re spending so much energy.
Thank you so much for everything and for thinking of our family so they could get away and enjoy a little late summer. We really appreciate it, even if it seems like a weak word to us, you made a huge difference on this beautiful Sunday. A wonderful weekend this family we had thanks to this certificate of Voiles en voile. It’s a good end to a summer, I would even say.

 

 

Hello,

I would like to thank The Kangaroo House from the bottom of my heart for allowing us to spend an exceptional day, even the most beautiful day of our summer. Thanks also to Voiles en Voiles, everything was simply perfect!

Hello,

Thanks to The Kangaroo House for help purchasing a stroller. This helps me enormously in my travels and relieves me financially. God bless you.

 

Hello,

I asked for financial assistance from The Kangaroo House to help me with the repairs of my car, because times are difficult and the cost of living is very expensive at the moment. I separated not very long ago from the mother of my two beautiful children, unfortunately it no longer worked and for the good of our children. I am taking the time to write a few words to thank you for your help. I will be grateful all my life for this beautiful gesture.

 

Hello,

I would like to thank you for this wonderful gesture of financial support. I am a single mother of a wonderful little golden princess and it’s not always easy right now with the cost of living. Your advice goes straight to my heart. Thank you for creating The Kangaroo House, an extraordinary organization.

Hello,

I wanted to thank The Kangaroo House for the help provided with purchasing school supplies for my children.
I contacted Ms. Fortin two days before the start of the school year, who spared no effort to provide us with the necessary support to purchase my children’s supplies in time for classes.
I would like to say a big thank you to The Kangaroo House which symbolizes hope, humanity and mutual aid.

Hello,

I thank The Kangaroo House for its help with school supplies and its support through the challenges of being a single parent. Thank you Josée, because you see the most beautiful in every parent. You empower us and help us cultivate the confidence to be better for our children.

Hello,

Hi Josee, Here is the photo of myself and my 15 years old son along with a short testimony. I sincerely appreciate that you took the few minutes to listen to what I had on my plate this morning.
In the morning of, August 3rd, I had a list of many Shelters in Montreal and The Kangaroo House was the last number on my list to call for assistance in finding a safe shelter for me and my son.
As many of the shelters have limited guidelines to accept mothers with children (in my case a young teenage son), my search for safety was coming to an end, at least it really seemed like it.
Then, Josée Fortin answered my call. While I was explaining to her, I was at the brink of giving up everything with no more ounce of hope but it was with the most understanding that she luckily referred us to a service immediately specialized for our needs, that of indigenous people. With the tiny bit of time to make the call, I gathered up myself and It was just in time; a miracle.
My son and I were accepted to get a room temporaly. I was given a time frame to make it to the shelter, if not, the space would have closed. The shelter informed me a room was opened, on the exact same day, and it was at the exact moment and timing, this call saved us. That was ever so humbling.
It was at the very last effort and push and there was a haven to rest and begin gathering our path again was made possible. The impossible, can certainly become possible one step at a time.
Truly,

Hello,

It’s really not easy for me to ask for help, but it’s even worse to go through this on my own. I am a mother who was widowed just three years ago. I am a beneficiary attendant with 23 years of career, but now I am seriously injured having saved the life of an elderly lady. I can no longer work at the moment so it is currently very difficult financially, but life has sent an angel to my rescue. This Angel is Mrs. Josée Fortin with The Kangaroo House. Just talking with Josée reassured and comforted me so much in my distress. I can’t even put into words how much she helped me. So, I’m just going to say from the bottom of my heart thank you Josée and thank you to The Kangaroo House for your help. You are doing miracles for us. You are angels on earth.

Hello,

Hello, I was lucky to have help from The Kangaroo House to pay a milk-feeding bill for my daughter Zoey. Madame Fortin is incredibly kind, with a soft and reassuring tone of voice. Again, a huge thank you for your help.

Hello,

I thank The Kangaroo House for the financial assistance you offered me to be able to support my 8-month-old children. In this difficult time, we have equipped ourselves well because of your generous contribution!
Thank you so much!

Hello,

I write to you as a social worker and as an individual like any other. Knowing that this is the case for all my colleagues in the Department of Social Work, I work with patients in situations of great vulnerability. Not only do they manage their precarious health, but they are often newcomers, with language limitations, financial, food and housing insecurity, being parents of very young children, from marginalized communities. The burdens that such resilient individuals experience bring unique risk factors. Having a stroller at our disposal will be an asset for one of our patients with a very young child, who does not have the resources to fill this essential. Thank you very much for the work you do at The Kangaroo House and your precious gift of a stroller. Your mission is that of heroes!
Warmly.

 

 

Hello,

But what a fantastic organization! That day, I spent the day making calls. I did not fit the selection criteria. I was beginning to be distraught. I was referred to this organization which is The Kangaroo House. I called, they were there to listen to me and guide me that evening. I can never thank them enough. This allowed me to put my ideas back in place to rest physically and mentally. Even the children did not want to wake up the next day to go to school.
Keep donating! It’s really important. It helps families who are in immediate need a lot. If I win the lottery one day, I’m guaranteed to donate to The Kangaroo House. Keep up the good work!

 

Hello,

Thank you very much for your generosity towards our family even if you didn’t know us at all. You helped us and we can’t thank you enough for that.
You put smiles on my children’s faces and just for that, it’s worth all the gold in the world. Again a big thank you for everything.

 

Hello,

Fortunately, The Kangaroo House exists. We are a family with three children and for more than two months we have unfortunately been living the impact of the housing crisis. We are forced to live from Airbnb to Airbnb due to the situation. We have spent disastrous sums of money and here we are at the end of all our solutions. We had to contact The Kangaroo House and in less than 24 hours Madame Fortin returned our call.
She helped us by finding us accommodation while we recharge our batteries and find solutions. A huge thank you to The Kangaroo House and believe me, we can’t tell you enough. xxx

 

Hello,

I would like to say thank you to La Maison Kangourou for all you do for me. It is amazing thank you very much. I am a single parent and I can assure you that I have a lot of difficulties at times. The prices are only increasing due to inflation and it enormously affects the families already in difficulty. Luckily there is The Kangaroo House. They are there to help us, they take the time with people and we feel listened to. They are human, kind and so caring. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to The Kangaroo House and a thank you to Josée Fortin.

 

 

Hello,

thank you very much for your help. We are very grateful thank you very much The Kangaroo House.

 

Hello,

Talking to Madame Fortin was the best thing I had to do. Thanks to his expertise and his humanism, this allowed me to be strong. With her journey, she gave me the strength, the courage and the tools for my own plans for my future.
I am a newly single parent. La Maison Kangourou allowed us to overcome a difficult month. The donation of mattresses and goods helped greatly as well as an action plan for my future projects.
Thank you for everything.

 

Hello,

I received a wonderful call from Josée from La Maison Kangourou who listened to me and advised me as best as possible with a heart of gold.
I got help feeding my 4 year old son and she opened doors for me to subsidized apartment rentals.
I am really happy with all the solutions she has given me and which will help me move forward in my efforts. I recommend Maison Kangourou not only for answers but above all for the attention it offers you.
Thank you cordially from a dad and a 4-year-old boy.
Thank you for your support.

 

Hello,

I was going to give birth soon and I was alone. I needed someone to look after my eldest while I was in the hospital for labor.
The CLSC nurse gave me the name of The Kangaroo House knowing my current situation. I contacted Josée who offered me funds for my oldest child’s daycare for my hospital stay and my recovery. She also offered me an amount for diapers for the first month of my newborn. It helped me a lot during this period.
On the phone with Josée, I was touched by what she has been doing to help other mothers for 12 years. She comforted me with her warm and positive words. I hope that all of us who receive help from her can pass on the kindness to others who are in dire need of it.

 

Hello,

I want to thank the Kangaroo House for the help that I received. I am a mother of 4 children who is experiencing difficulties related to a situation of domestic violence. I have just obtained housing with the OMHM but I have nothing left and I am starting from scratch.
I have no appliances (oven, fridge, washer and dryer), I have no bed or mattress for me and I have no clothes for me and my children. I don’t have any lingerie either (towels, sheets). I have no toys for my child.
Thank you to The Kangaroo House for your support.

Hello,

I would specifically like to thank the Kangaroo House for the help and less stress they offer us, by helping us financially to stay with our 3-month-old little boy who has been hospitalized in St-Justine since birth.
We who live 2 hours’ drive from Montreal, we greatly appreciate being housed at The Manoir and having the chance to be alongside our little love!
Without The Kangaroo House we would surely not have this incredible opportunity. Knowing that our boy still has 3 to 4 months of hospitalization, we are most grateful to them and we will be eternally indebted for this great opportunity offered to us.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you make a big difference in people’s lives.

Hello,

A huge thanks to The Kangaroo House for the financial assistance for my rent. My wife is pregnant and I had to stop working to be a caregiver because my little guy was diagnosed with a rare disease which is spinal muscular atrophy type 2.
He must follow a treatment that requires us to be in complete isolation for 6 weeks. As I am the only income provider in the house, the big help from La Maison Kangourou has taken a huge amount of stress off us and we can now put all of our energy towards my son!
Our most sincere thanks from the entire Séguin family.

Hello,

It’s not always easy to ask for help. I think we have to dare.
I would like to thank Ms. Josée Fortin, founder and director of The Kangaroo House, for being a great listener and also for the help provided when we needed it.
We are parents of 3 young children and we are going through a difficult time. I am currently off work due to an injury and my spouse is missing a lot of work due to his mental health. So I contacted the organization. Josée, with whom I spoke on the phone, is such a wonderful person who takes our children to heart and supports our little families who have to face unexpected challenges.
thank you so much

Hello,

Hello, thank you very much for your help. We are very grateful thank you very much the kangaroo house. It’s a great support from you thank you again.
CD

 

Hello,

Thank you to The Kangaroo House and especially to Josée, for agreeing to help me in my bad budget management and making sure to get back on top with her inexhaustible generosity for all!! Her heart, I can tell you that she has it in the right place.
Thank you again and again!!xx

 

 

Dear Maison Kangourou,

I wanted to thank you for helping me with the cost of moveing. I really appreciate it because it means that you are providing with support. This has taken a part of the financial weight off my shoulders. Without your help I am not sure how I would of managed to deal with the cost of this moving. As an immigrant and single mother, this support has made me feel like I am not totally alone within this country. You have also provided me with the opportunity to achieve my desired goals to start a new life with my son.
God bless you and I hope that you will continue to grant this blessing to other mothers like me.
L and L

Hello,

 

A big thank you to the Kangaroo House for paying the ambulance fees for my little princess who had to spend some time in the intensive care unit of Ste-Justine a few weeks before Christmas.
Thank you also to The Kangaroo House for the school fees for my little princess. Quite a weight off my shoulders. As a single mother of a different child, it is not always easy to make ends meet. A great relief !!!!
My daughter and I thank you.

Hello,

 

A stay of gratitude as well as a balm on the heart for a difficult period for the holiday season in this year 2022. We chose the Super 8 in Trois-Rivières and I think it was a good choice for the family.
If you ever have kids, don’t make the mistake we made of telling them ahead of time that we were going to a pool with a slide. They counted the sleeps at home and at daycare until the day came. Their batteries were long lasting Duracell that day. The next day, pool all day followed by an evening with a TVA superhero movie. And the departure was hard, because they were not happy to leave this place since they left the swimming pool and the room where everyone was sleeping. At home the children have their room and the parents theirs. Despite the small pitfalls of crisis, we had a nice family room with two beds, a half-living room with a sofa bed, a coffee table where we could put the small-man playpen. The children slept very well like the parents. Our small-man decided during the stay that he walked on these two feet.
In addition, when we returned from our stay the next day, we received a Christmas letter from The Kangaroo House. It is a beautiful Christmas card. I don’t know how to thank you since, because not only were we able to take advantage of an emergency break, even with three children under the age of 4, you helped us with a gift card for the holiday season and enjoy a good Christmas meal. Yes yes, the mother started cooking in order to save money and be able to have it for longer.
Thanks to you, The Kangaroo House, I don’t know how to thank you for everything since Thank you is not enough for everything you have done. Sincerely, a big thank you from the bottom of my heart. We had a wonderful family time.

 

Hello,

 

I thank you very much for listening and helping my family ? S.B.

 

Hello,

 

It is not always easy to ask for help, to reveal our problems to strangers. However, when I called The Kangaroo House, I felt understood and supported! I was able to receive help to give me and my daughter a beautiful holiday season!
Thank you, a huge thank you for everything! M.P.
M.P.

 

Hello,

 

It’s been a tough time, and I wasn’t sure we were going to have Christmas dinner on the table. But with the generosity of The Kangaroo House, that won’t be a problem this year. I am humbled and eternally grateful! You have no idea what your help meant. Feliz Navidad from our family to yours!
Happy Holidays.

 

Hello,

 

We never think we’ll find ourselves in a precarious situation, but it happens and we have to deal with it. Look your child in the eye and say, sorry princess, but we’ll have to do without some of the lower priority things on our list. We’ll have to wait until we have more resources…Finding help when we don’t even hope for it simply leaves us without a word. May the Lord Jesus Christ remember you Mrs. Josée Fortin in his goodness. Your organization still makes us believe in human generosity.
**Then again, you will see that there is a difference between the righteous and the wicked, and between the one who serves God and the one who does not serve him.** Malachite 3,18

 

Hello,

 

What a surprise I received from you this week : a gift card for groceries. You made me cry when you opened the card. Wept with relief. Even if the tree will not be filled with many gifts this year, we will at least be able to enjoy an excellent Christmas meal together, thanks to you. You are magical. Anyway, for me you are sincerely. Wishing you a happy holiday season. 
A sincere Thank you from all of us, my 4 wonderful children and me xxx

 

Hello,

 

I would like to thank The Kangaroo House very much for the help provided in my time of need. I am a single mom and I was recently diagnosed and had to stop working. I am going through a difficult period financially and I called at the non profit organization. Josée, with whom I spoke on the phone, is a truly human person and I did not feel any prejudice on her part.
Thank you very much for your involvement in our company, it is really appreciated.
M.B.

 

Hello,

 

I am really glad to find you. God put me in your path to help me. I don’t work and I didn’t know how to pay this bill. May God bless you. 
A.J.

 

Hello,

 

I would like to thank The Kangaroo House, especially Mrs. Fortin, for allowing us to relax and have fun together with my son. Daily life is not always easy and especially not very relaxing with an ADHD child. With the beginning of primary school this year, I feel that these little moments are not so numerous anymore. Thanks again for this good time.
N.C.

 

Hello,

 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your psychological and financial support. We are so grateful and full of gratitude to you and your organization. We are privileged to have you on our path. Thanking you for the time you take every moment to talk with me. I continue to move forward and fight despite the obstacles, and never get discouraged. I have great daughters and so do you.
A.G.

 

Hello,

 

We met an angel on our way, Mrs. Josée Fortin, founder and director of The Kangaroo House, a great lady with a big heart and a real interest in the well-being of children.
She allowed my daughter and I to take a break, which did us a lot of good to recharge our batteries.
Given that there is no crisis center for children’s mental illness in our Quebec health and social services system, the creation of such an organization, The Kangaroo House, by Josée Fortin, is entirely justified.
Thank you very much.
J.V.

 

Hello,

 

Thank you again for your generosity, not just in terms of money, but for taking the time to inform me on many subjects, and we all know that time is precious.
I am also taking my time to tell you how generous you are in many ways. The world needs people like you, you make a huge difference in our lives.
So once again THANK YOU!
V. and K.

 

Hello,

 

Thank you to The Kangaroo House for helping us fill our fridge. With the loss of two fridges in one week, this help has greatly helped us to finish the month. The children and I are very grateful for all the help given to our family.
A huge thank you from the bottom of our hearts, it took away so much stress. We owe you a lot of gratitude, a huge thank you again.

 

F. Family

 

Hello,

 

Thank you to your non profit organisation and to Mrs Josée Fortin, a lady with a heart of gold, who has been so supportive of me and my 12 year old daughter. I am grateful and you have all my encouragement, and thank you also so much for your time.
A.G.

 

Hello,

 

I am a single mother of an 11 year old girl. We applied for refugee status in Canada and, thank God, we were accepted on September 27, 2022. Our final destination is Montreal, but we had to go through Toronto and we arrived at 11pm in the rain and on the street! A shelter that had no more beds available, allowed us to stay the night at the reception. After a bus ride to Montreal, we went to two shelters, but because of bed space problems and immigration papers, we were left at the reception again. The last shelter referred us The Kangaroo House and they were able to speak with Josée on the phone. This non profit organization offered us emergency assistance and we were able to stay overnight. We arrived at a wonderful hotel, more than we expected. Tired but happy to be able to rest properly at last.
Thank you again for giving us hope, and thank you so much for your generosity. I did not expect this act and I thank God, Josée and The Kangaroo House for giving us hope, because more than the physical well-being, it is the joy of knowing that we are not alone. To you too, the donors of the organization who allow these miracles to happen to people like us, a thousand thanks for offering us this hope.
May God bless you and The Kangaroo House.
Sincerely yours,
M.I. M-S, and her daughter M.S. M-S

 

Hello,

 

I would like to thank The Kangaroo House for helping me to send my four children to the camp. It was a great time spent in nature and a break for me. As you can imagine, it is very difficult to be a single mother, and this gave me the help I needed.
Thanks again to The Kangaroo House!
C.L.

Hello,

 

A huge thank you to The Kangaroo House for offering us this superb weekend at the Super 8 Lachenaie hotel… The exhausted family that we are was able to enjoy a king bed, a pool with water slide and a spa! It feels so good to get out of the ordinary, especially when the world seems to be slipping away from you!
Thanks again. L-L Family

 

Hello,

 

Hello, we had a wonderful stay at Étincelle center. The food was delicious and the staff was attentive. The animation staff of the summer camp were dedicated, dynamic, they reminded me of a great time when I went to camp myself. My son made friends and so did I!
A truly unforgettable stay!
Thank you to the team at The Kangaroo House and to Mrs. Fortin for allowing me to participate in the camp.
B.D.

 

Hello,

 

A huge thank you to The Kangaroo House for the back to school assistance. Being a single parent of twins, starting school is a lot to plan. And thank you also to Josée for her solicitude, she is a gem. M.C.-G..

 

Hello,

 

Thank you 100x for giving us this opportunity. The children had an amazing experience and so did I. As luck would have it, we were with families from an abused women’s center. Each of us was a single mother, at the end of our rope, and the moments we shared together were a balm on our respective lives. The camp was perfect, we enjoyed every second and thank you again for giving us the chance to experience this.
G.R.

 

Hello,

 

Thank you to The Kangaroo House for allowing me to have emergency help to pay an ambulance because I did not have any money to pay it. My medical condition and my surgery require me to stay in bed for a period of 6 months, and I cannot work.
S.B.

 

Hello,

 

Thank you to the Kangaroo House for allowing me to relocate urgently with my 5 year old daughter. The charity also helped me with financial aid at a time when I really needed it. Thank you so much..
E.B.

 

Hello,

 

Thank you for your generosity! The gratitude of a mother who was able to continue to see her children thanks to your support. 
S.L.

 

Hello,

 

I am a single mother with a 15 year old daughter and I am currently 4 1/2 months pregnant. I would like to thank The Kangaroo House for the emergency help it has given me and my daughter. My daughter walks to school. I ran out of food at home, but thanks to The Kangaroo House, I can put something in my fridge and my daughter can take the bus to school. I am so grateful for this gift for me and my family.
God bless you all.
C.L.

 

Hello,

 

I would like to thank The Kangaroo House for the hotel stay with my son. Thank you so much for your emergency support.
Congratulations to Josée for helping me throughout my stay.

 

Hello,

 

I would like to thank The Kangaroo House which has no government support. Thanks to your donation, I was able to get out of a very difficult situation during the pandemic, with 2 children and a single mother, and no food aid. I also have difficulty paying my rent, because I was in event organization, and I had to make a professional reorientation.
It is thanks to you, because you supported me with your wonderful gesture of generosity, and with a listening and help. You have a heart of gold, thank you so much we will never forget you!
A. G.

 

Hello,

 

A big thank you for helping mister E.M. and his 9 year old son who arrived here a few days ago in Montreal, and who is without a place to sleep.
Thank you for offering emergency accommodation. Thank you so much it is really appreciated.

 

Hello,

 

I say thank you from the bottom of my heart, without you I could not leave the hospital with my baby.
May the good GOD bless you abundantly. Thank you again.
J.G.

Hello,

 

I would like to thank The Kangaroo House for allowing us to go on this trip. It was great to be able to enjoy life and to get away from a family context that is really not easy at the moment.
I would like to thank Mrs. Fortin for her kindness and generosity as a person.
Thank you for this beautiful listening that calmed some bad inner waves and for this quality time after a 10 days of intense isolation with my son.
of intense isolation with my son.
I wish you a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones!
Thank you
N. G.

 

Hello,

 

I am very happy to be able to receive an IGA gift card from you.
It’s a great relief this holiday season, because after Christmas is always difficult. So I can treat myself and my son a bit for Christmas and have him do activities without worrying about running out of food after the holidays. Logan, who has severe ASD, cannot stay at home, he absolutely has to do activities for his well-being. I am really happy, thank you very much.
N.M

Hello,

 

The hospital put me in touch with the organization The Kangaroo House, which offered us financial assistance for relieve us of this burden of travel costs.
Thanks to their support and their warm and human approach, I was able to devote myself to doing what is really needed, take care of me and my family. Thanks to the Kangaroo House, my smile returns quietly, because it has been present and active in a crucial moment for us and with the speed of action, I was able to relax a bit, because she was able to target quickly my needs.
Thank you very much for everything, listening, sensitivity and above all support.
A.C.

Hello,

 

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the happiness you have brought me today. I am newly separated from an 11 year relationship with a narcissistic and controlling man who I have been 11 years old with who is the father of my fantastic baby boy, but with special needs.
Today you have made a mother’s heart at peace. Thanks to you, I will be able to offer my son a good Christmas meal. I cannot thank you enough for your help especially at this time of my life so difficult!!!!! You are extraordinary! My son also thanks you for your generosity.

 

Hello,

 

A big thank you to The Kangaroo House who helped us financially to support us in our Trois-Rivières – Montreal
marathon to see our 30 week premature baby.
My daughter thanks you.
V.T.

Hello,

 

I wanted to thank you for the service you provided for my nephew Aksil, as his mother is in intensive care.
We have found ways to cope until he recovers, and your intervention has allowed me to attend my classes. I never thought I would find such support at the right time, so I wanted to thank you properly.
I am very grateful to you, Mrs. Fortin, and I wish you all the best.
Thanks
R. A.

 

Hello,

 

We would like to thank you for your support in allowing us to see our children for the first time in over a month due to our long hospitalization. This is the best boost of courage we could have received to keep fighting, there are only 3 weeks left!
We couldn’t be more grateful to your non profit organization, and will not hesitate to recommend you to friends or acquaintances in the future if they should encounter health difficulties.
Thank you so much!
E. P.
Hello Josée,
Thank you once again for offering us an emergency hotel. We are very happy with your help.
K.M.

Hello,

 

Thank you to the families who take the time to write to us to share the help they have received from The Kangaroo House, it always gives us great pleasure to know we make a difference in the lives of the children and their families  A special thanks this year to Mrs Brittany Henriques for her contribution during the holidays.

 

 

 

Hello,

 

We are happy to have been able to help in emergency a mother who gave birth at the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital. This mother needed a breast pump after a cesarean delivery. The Kangaroo House was able to collaborate with the hospital and offer this precious device to feed her one-day old baby born by cesarean section.
Thank you again, you are a very precious partner for our families!
M-C B.D. Social Worker – Youth Program

Hello,

 

 

Thank you to the families who take the time to write to us to share the help they have received from The Kangaroo House, it always gives us great pleasure to know we make a difference in the lives of the children and their families  A special thanks this year to Mrs Brittany Henriques for her contribution during the holidays.

Thank you to The Kangaroo House

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Josée,

 

I would like to thank the Kangaroo House for making such a great Christmas for my family! I am a single mother with 5 children who was in desperate need for an emergency help. I was so grateful when I was offered a 2 night stay at a hotel! This came in perfect timing and was a great change of scenery which allowed me to relax and have fun with my children. We had access to the indoor pool and my children had a blast. I really appreciate all that you did for us.
I want to thank you for giving my family such a wonderful gift. We really enjoyed ourselves. I cannot tell you how happy they were and I am sure they will remember this occasion for ever.

I wish you happy holidays

Take care

 

Hello,

Happy New Years and thank you to the Kangaroo House who helped us a lot during the last year by their support, their listening but also for giving us a wonderful check which allowed us to have a wonderful Christmas!
The help of The Kangaroo House has given us is invaluable to our family …. it really made all the difference !!! Again a huge thank you from our family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good day !

 

I had to take the happiness of my family in hand. A rough patch shooked our joy and I refused to accept it. When, fifteen minutes later ?? the luggage were done, I contacted The Kangaroo House to share my idea with them. Having been in contact with them for a while now, without hesitation, I was encouraged to go and even offered to help me with accommodation. The magic had just operated : the help that The Kangaroo House was giving us for the hotel, combined with finding a « discount » site, made it possible to transform our disappointment for giving up the karting track that we had dreamed so much about and the fabulous climb of the Skylon Tower in reality! It is with a light heart, filled with gratitude and eyes sparkling with joy that we salute the fabulous and devoted work of The Kangaroo House, without which many « breathless » families would remain breathless and discourage…

 

Good day,

 

I would like to thank The Kangaroo House for the hotel stay I spent with my little kiddos. It allowed me to rest. A big thank you for your support which is very much appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

To whom it may concern,

 

This is to testify to the help, advice and listening offered to our family by The Kangaroo House. Last fall, Mrs. Fortin, through The Kangaroo House, helped us obtain food aid (groceries at Metro), donated La Ronde tickets for me, my spouse and my disabled daughter. In addition, she listens, helps and advises us when we are going through more difficult times, both on a family and financial level. Our family is very grateful for all that Kangaroo House has given us and continues to give us…

 

 

 

Good day,

 

Thank you for the support you gave me after the domestic violence. You offered me your services in the past because I was out of breath…(I was hiding domestic violence from everyone.) The CLSC Saint-Michel in Montreal had told me about your emergency centre. I wanted to take my son there to help me get back on my feet and make a game plan to deal with this violence and also with my health. You had told me that your house had suffered a disaster and that you were no longer taking children, except that you never gave up the situation! You had offered me a night in a hotel with my son, which I did.

 

 

Hello to you Josée,

 

This morning I am writing to give you my testimony about your services that you have offered me so well over time and still today. At first it was when I separated from the father of the children. I was living with psychological, physical and financial violence! I had to leave Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean to relearn how to live and give my children security! In 2012, I went to the city of Montreal to a house of abused women to put my children in safety! We had to learn to live again and above all to gain confidence in people around us. This is easy to say, but very difficult to do, I promise you!!

 

 

 

Hi,

 

We were living in a very difficult family situation with a lot of tension and little fun. We contacted The Kangaroo House because we needed help and a break. We spoke at length with Josée Fortin, founder of The Kangaroo House, who listened to us, understood us and gave us her enormous moral support…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks !

 

Many thanks to The Kangaroo House. Thank you for giving me a nice night at the hotel, allowing me and my boy to have a break from the routine, sometimes very difficult to manage with my son having some special needs. I am a single mother who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis almost ten years ago. We had a nice evening together and then my boy was able to do a different activity that he enjoyed. It was a good time for me because our daily lives are not always easy.

 

 

 


Hello,

 

I would like to thank Madame Fortin for this generous offer of emergency support, which has done my daughter and me a lot of good. We were able to recharge our batteries in nature, see the sunset, walk in the fields by the water and see some deers.

Here are some pictures of our stay!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey,

 

During a series of unhappy news, I could not see the end. My social worker from the Agertour program told me about The Kangaroo House. I called not knowing what to expect, but I was able to chat with Ms. Josée Fortin who not only listened to me, but helped with what I was going through and what was happening in the family. I must admit that with the current situation (Covid-19), every organization was closed or at least most of them, but she offered me to stay at a hotel for my partner and our two daughters. It allowed us to get out of the routine and to relax. Yes, yes: RELAX. I was skeptical, but my daughters listened, no crisis, nada of the daily routine.
I am happy and blessed to have been able to enjoy this stay.
Thank you for your attention!
It felt good!
Here are some photos taken during a night at the hotel with the children. I will try to relax and situation.

Hi,

 

My story is not that simple, neither the most dramatic. However, in all circumstances, a separation is a difficult period where humans, young and old live a great vulnerability.

M.A.

 

 

 

A mother for babysitting fees

 

Thank you for giving us a break by paying a babysitter. It really helped us a lot at a time when there was an emergency for my health. The support of The Kangaroo House is worth all the gold.
Fortunately there are still people like Josée Fortin who really want to help parents in the difficult situations they encounter.

 

 

Hello,

 

Thank you for your help, know that you have helped me much more than you think … Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your listening, your support and your help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good day,

 

I had to go to the hospital, but I really had a big problem there for my little girls. Oh my God. I will not forget your help for me and my daughters. You really have a vocation to help.
We adore you.

 

 

 

 

 

Good Afternoon!

 

I want to say thank you for listening.
You are the first person who actually took the time to listen to my concerns.
These are difficult times and it has been very hard on our family BUT we will get through this.
I appreciate any help you can offer to us.
Here is a picture of my three little ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello,

 

Thank you very much to The Kangaroo House for such a wonderful day. We had a lot of fun with the kids and we had a great time. We needed a rest during this difficult time and you helped us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks,

Thank you for giving us a break by paying a babysitter. It really helped us a lot at a time when there was an emergency with my health.The support of The Kangaroo House is worth more in a moment that I have received no help! Fortunately there are still people like Josée Fortin who really want to help parents in the difficult situations they encounter.

 

Hello,

I am truly grateful to the Kangaroo House. Josée, you are a pearl. Not only was I helped in my needs, but I was considered with humanity, with kindness and benevolence. After an extremely difficult year, this is simply priceless.

 

Thanks infinitely.

 

Hello Ms. Fortin,

Congratulations on your initiative. Many parents need support and I found your initiative an excellent way to support and protect children.

 

Kind regards, I.P.

Hello,

I wanted to thank Josée and The Kangaroo House for allowing me to go and relax with my partner and two of my eight children (those who still stay with us, the others being older). I really needed to rest and to go out from the house and you allowed me to do that. With eight children and 7 grandchildren and a 14 year old autistic child, it is not always easy. I am always available to help my children, but the accumulation meant that I too needed help and rest. Thanks to you I was able to benefit from a rest and thank you very much for your help.

 

Thank you

Marie Julie

Hello Josée Fortin,

I am sending you beautiful energies to gather what you need for this work. Feel free to call us for human resources.
Special Education Technique Teacher at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal Responsible for coordinating internships 2 and 3

K.L.

 Dear Mrs Fortin,

I don’t know how to start thanking you for last weekend. It meant a lot to me and my son. First of all, The Kangaroo House is impressive and welcoming but I didn’t expect that the attention and love shared at this home was going to be so huge. Sunday night, I found my son in peace, talking a lot and happy. He was proud to show me his toys and friends. He was acting like he was at our house. Before leaving, he gave Mrs Louise a big hug and has even cried when he saw his friend (another cute little boy) entering another car, instead of leaving with us. And the mother…I was able to rest and take care of me and take care of the house that I share with my son. I was really tired! I realized that when I was trying to wake up from a 2-hours nap and my body was really heavy and I couldn’t move my hands! Nevertheless, no worries, I quickly regained my strength ?

Thank you so much for everything!

 

 

 

C.C.

Hello,

 

I just read about your project in La Presse. Congratulations on this great initiative.
The school Virage

S.F.

Hello Ms. Fortin,

 

I am a social worker working in a CLSC and I heard about your resource on television. I take this opportunity to congratulate you on this valuable initiative; our families are in dire need of this kind of resource. Bravo again Ms. Fortin and have a good day.
Social Worker

J.B.

Hello Josée,

 

I work as a specialist in the Directorate of Student Behavior in the the Montreal English School Board, and has done so for 18 years. I read with great interest the article in The Gazette this morning from the Kangaroo House. What a wonderful idea. Finally! I always asked myself why we do not have anything to address the needs of families who cope with difficulty (on a temporary basis) and need a little help with their kids, to get through the daily obstacles. Good luck with what appears to be a wonderful and much needed project!

L.R.

This idea is fantastic!

 

This morning at LCN, I heard for the first time about this Kangaroo House project and I want to congratulate you about it. I don’t know who had the idea but I’m sure it will respond to a request increasingly evident in our society.
Several years ago I would have liked to have the support of a Kangaroo House. Since it did not exist, I had to deal with pain and misery, but I managed. I have two children who are now teenagers and I am very proud of them.
Long life to your project,

Sincerely, N.

Urgent need for a respite !

 

I have an urgent and growing need respite for a few days. However, I have no money and I come from the South Shore. I’m alone with my little girls. I am experiencing depression with a borderline personality diagnosis. My parents are exhausted, and despite my repeated requests for about a month, they are unable to help me. I’ve been sick for three weeks and now I can’t stand myself or the children… I’m too tired!!! I admire your courage and initiative. When it will get better for me, it will be my turn to start something similar on the south shore! The need is there and there is not enough services available, especially for the single parents. We must act before tragedies or separations mother / children or father / children happen. I sincerely believe that there is not enough light on the single parent situation.

Thank you!
V.V.

Hello,

 

I am aware of the existence of The Kangaroo House since I read about it in a newspaper article. Let me give you a quick picture of my situation. I am a single mother of three children of 3, 6 and 8 years old. I am separated from the father since March 2010. The father is completely absent; the children see him three hours on Saturday in a supervision center. He doesn’t pay for child support (despite several judgments) and I work 30 hours a week. My family is in France and I don’t have any help here. In short, I am tired, exhausted… I need a break…

Sincerely, L.

Hello Ms. Fortin,

I found your Website while reading a story on the Guy Turcotte trial and I was touched by your idea of the need for children to have a safe haven when their parents are incapable of doing so. Several years ago, I found myself in a similar situation while going through an extremely painful and emotional separation from my husband. My children were around 9 and 10 at the time and I did not have the energy for anything beyond providing the most basic necessities. I was fortunate that my parents came to my house a few times a week so that I could cry, sleep, walk, take a bath and try to recover and they hugged, bathed, loved my children when I could not do so fully. I was also seeing a psychologist once a week to help me to identify and cope with my anger, disappointment, resentment and a lot of other feelings – especially when my husband would drive up in his shiny new car with his rich girlfriend to pick up my children and enjoy the weekend in Mont-Tremblant. Now, with much hard work and determination, I am in a very good place! My children are both excellent students; my son is in university and my daughter in Cégep. I work at an amazing company, I have good people in my life and I volunteer often to give back a bit of my good fortune. I would like to have more information about the volunteering opportunities that you have available and how I may be able to help with either the children, the parents or in administration. I look forward to hearing back from you,

Best Regards D.

Hello,

During a more difficult time seeking help and support, I was fortunate enough to have on my path an exceptional lady, Mrs. Josée Fortin from The Kangaroo House, who took the time to listen to me and reassure me. Without knowing her, she became my friend. I know that at any time, I can call her and with empathy she will listen to me without judging me. She also gave me a gift to take my mind off things that I really needed: a night at the Super 8 for me and my daughter. My daughter was so happy! I hope that people who can, will help this organization that I believe can make all the difference in the life of a family in crisis, no matter what the state of the crisis.

Thank you again a thousand times to The Kangaroo House for the support you have given me.

A.M.

Josée Fortin,

I’d like to share my experience in regards of the help I got from the Kangaroo House.I am a single mother of a 5 and a half years old boy. I’m alone since his young age to provide. I also have to see to all his educational needs and I don’t have much support from his father and my family. Sometimes I get really exhausted and I rarely get the chance to recover. Even when I’m sick, I don’t get any help and to my opinion it is inhumane not to rest when we’re so unwell that, against our will, we have to stay in bed. Holidays during the holiday season should be a time for the parents to have fun and to be able to rest after all the hard work accomplished throughout the year. Unlike what people think it is a very different story for a single parent because we have no one to take over. It was a winter evening, I remember and will always remember, January 2nd … I was in a state of total exhaustion. With the help of a friend who had referred me to The Kangaroo House, I was able to call the organization at the moment when I needed it the most. The person who answered greeted me and I felt compassion for what I was experiencing. With her comforting words and listening, I felt relieved that I was not alone in the world. I was lucky enough to receive the services of this extraordinary organization. Therefore I was able to rest and then have a better quality of life with my son.

Thank you.

 P.L.

 

Hello,

We hereby wish to offer our support at the request of Ms. Josée Fortin, Executive Director of the Kangaroo House.
The interdisciplinary team of La Maison Bleue of Saint-Michel, affiliated with the CIUSSS de l’Est-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, offers reception services, psychosocial services and pregnancy follow-up to pregnant women and families living difficult life situations. Indeed, the majority of our families are experiencing great financial precariousness, precarious migratory situations, a lack of access to government programs (daycare, family allowances) and, above all, significant social isolation.
Recently, we were able to count on the support of the Kangaroo House to help a single mother who had to go to the hospital to give birth and could not bring her three-year-old son with her. Unfortunately, with no network, friends or family in Montreal and a very low income, she had to find someone to look after her son during the delivery and the days of hospitalization. Fortunately, the Kangaroo House was able to offer emergency financial assistance so that she could pay for a babysitter to care for the child.
Unfortunately, the situation described above is a reality at La Maison Bleue of Saint-Michel and other organizations as well. Without this help, you will understand that our client would have been left without resources.
We are very grateful and relieved that an organization such as the Kangaroo House exists and that we can have such a good cooperation from Mrs. Josée Fortin in circumstances such as the one we have just described. It is without a doubt an essential organization for families in difficulty and for the network partners working with vulnerable clienteles.

Sincerely, on behalf of the entire team at La Maison Bleue of Saint-Michel,

F.D.

 

Hello Mrs,

We are The Re-Source, a support and shelter house for women victims of domestic violence with or without children. The women who use our services sometimes need more support than the services we provide. This is why the services of The Kangaroo House are essential. Moms occasionally need some break time, without worrying about the safety of their children. So that they can take a little break to regain their strength.
The emergency respite of your home gives this chance to women, in their process of regaining power. Domestic violence is a dynamic that takes place in private, which has a huge impact on women as well as children. Together we can make that difference for them.

Thank you

N. & Jennifer-Ann

 

 

Good day, 

As an intervention worker at the Montreal CAVAC, I wanted to underline the close collaboration I had with The Kangaroo House resource. I intervened with a father who was victim of a criminal act. He was no longer safe and had few resources and urgently needed to be relocated with his child. The resource was able to respond to our emergency request by sending him to a hotel for a few days. This allowed him to take steps while remaining in a safe place.
Thank you very much for this collaboration and we look forward to working with you again!   

 

J.N.

 

  

Hi,

Being a parent is not always easy. While we can have wonderful family moments, there may be special events or circumstances that lead us to be out of ressources. At these times, it is important to be able to continue to ensure the safety and well-being of our children. The Kangaroo House can be a great support. It offers emergency and front-line services to children whose parents experience temporary problems.

F.D.

Hello,

It was very important for me to take a moment to thank The Kangaroo House for the support and help they offered to a mother and her son, victims of crime, with whom we had the pleasure to intervene. While all the shelters were at full capacity, they offered a night at the hotel to this very vulnerable family. Their kindness and sensitivity quickly put this mother in confidence and allowed them to have a safe place to spend the night.
The Kangaroo House is a precious support to families and vulnerable people living in particularly difficult situations. Their intervention with this family made all the difference.

 

A big thank you from the entire team at the Montreal Crime Victims Assistance Center.

Véronique Jeandupeux
Criminologue
Intervenante
CAVAC de Montréal

 

 

Hello,

My name is J.B. and I have been a police officer with the SPVM for over 15 years. I have worked my entire career in the downtown station. In 2021, we experienced a sharp increase in cases of domestic violence with the isolation of couples, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a front-line worker, I am called upon more and more to help these victims who sometimes find themselves without support.
In April 2021, I was called to help a woman victim of domestic violence who was in the presence of her young daughter. She did not have any family or friends who could come and support her (accommodation / financially). I had almost exhausted all resources for women when I managed to speak to Ms. Fortin about the Kangaroo House. I had never heard of this resource before. I was surprised to see how much they assisted me in finding temporary accommodation for my victim as well as follow-up to relocate her on a more permanent basis afterwards.
I would like to thank Ms. Fortin and the Kangaroo House for their collaboration which enabled me to support my victim, who did not feel alone during the process. In addition, I would like to thank Ms. Fortin for supporting me throughout my intervention. Furthermore, I can confirm to you that my victim was extremely grateful to have been able to benefit from your services.
I would not hesitate to contact you in the future if I ever have a similar situation that arises because you have made a difference.
THANK YOU !

 

Mrs,

Hereby, on behalf of the neighborhood police station (PDQ) 26, I would like to warmly thank the Kangaroo House and their staff for the support given to our police officers on the night of November 6. Following a police intervention, a citizen and her daughter needed overnight accommodation. After making a few calls, one of our agents contacted your organization through the SOS violence conjugale line. The Kangaroo House then spontaneously offered to pay the hotel accommodation costs for one night for this mother and her daughter, who were in great need of it. Your organization then took various steps to find a place for this family to stay for the longer term. I am very happy that the SPVM can count on the support of an organization like yours. I hope that our collaboration can continue for a long time and that together we can provide even more comprehensive support to people in vulnerable situations.

Regards,

Jean-Nicolas Nault

Inspector, head of PDQ 26