From : A.

Good day,

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…

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From : É.B.

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.

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From : A.M.

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.

From : T.T.R.

Good day,
I didn’t mean to sound ungrateful! Take your services and disappear. There’s so much going on right now, I’m losing my mind. On the other hand, I’d like to say thank you. 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…

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From : Anonymous

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. 

I congratulate Mrs. Fortin for the creation of this house, which helps families who need it for many reasons. This organization deserves to be known and valued. Taking care of others is a great mission of the heart. I sincerely hope that this house will remain active for a long time, because it meets the pressing needs of many parents. Thank you very much and congratulations to this wonderful team!

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From : P.R.

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…

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From : J.N.

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!   

  

From : La Maison Bleue

To whom it may concern,

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.

Social Worker

From : L.A.

Testimony for the Kangaroo House

I am a foreign student, mother of two kids, and I’m going to give birth in April 2020. Because of the emergency situation imposed by COVID-19, I found myself all alone at home. Indeed, my husband has a temporary resident visa but being outside the country, he can no longer return to Canada while the borders have been closed. The fact that I had to handle this situation with two children during childbirth was a great source of stress for me. I was searching for solutions when a social worker referred me to the Kangaroo House and I have spoked with the General Manager over the phone. Josée Fortin took my problem to heart and supported me in the search of options.

She put a fund at my disposal so I would be able to pay the babysitter for my kids the three days that required my hospitalization. I would like to express all my appreciation and my deep gratitude to this organization and to the DG for everything.

Mrs. Josée Fortin, beyond the financial support I received, I would like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for your empathy, your humanism, your commitment… At the end of March 2020, when we have talked on the phone for the first t time, you have found the right words to comfort me, calm my fears and anxieties, give me hope and put a smile on my face. Know that your words accompanied me during my stay in this hospital when for the first time I experienced giving birth alone!

God bless you!

From : M.A.

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.

Today, not only I mourn my separation, but I mourn the loss of the family dream that I would have liked to build and the kangaroo house is the biggest support that I can get during this transition period.

The kangaroo house is: listening, support, empathy, kindness, it’s a buffer zone … it’s a safety net …

It’s essential!

M.A.

From : P.L.

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 life with my son.
Thank you Josée
P.L.

From : F.C.

Good evening,
It is with great interest that I read the article in La Presse last July, talking about your wonderful Kangaroo House project. I hope with all my heart that your project works out … we rarely see such awesome projects!

Regards, S.F.

From : M.E.

Hello,
I have read about the Kangaroo House project in an article of the Montreal Gazette. What a great initiative and so relevant! I am myself involved in a family home for 16 years and I recognize the critical need for a service like this – respectful of families, their social role and their concerns. Congratulations and keep up the good work,
M.E.

From : I.P.

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.

From : D.

Hello,
I read an article about the Kangaroo House on the blog “mother blog” posted on the La Presse Website.. I think it’s a great idea.
D.

From : K.L.

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.
K.L. Special Education Technique Teacher at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal Responsible for coordinating internships 2 and 3

From : J.B.

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.
J.B. Social Worker

From : S.F.

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

From : N.

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.

From : L.R.

Hello Josee.
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.

From : L.

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.

From : V.V.

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.

From : Anonymous

Hello!
I have an urgent and growing need for a few days’ respite. Although I have no money and I am from the south shore. I am alone with my little girls. I am suffering from depression with a borderline personality diagnosis. My parents are exhausted and, despite my repeated requests, they can not help me, I have been sick for three weeks now and I can’t stand myself, neither my children.. I’m too tired!

From : D.

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.

From : C.C.

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, La Maison Kangourou 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.