This edition of the Sou’Wester includes stories about Communitas’ Journée de Ressourcement, one member’s bike trip across Canada, restorative justice, and Open Door news. Read all about it!
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At the same time our historical financial support from Aumonerie Communitaire de Montreal (ACM) has
also been cut as the Correctional Services of Canada (CSC) decided to stop funding Community
As these were our only recurrent sources of funding, it has left us in the position of depending on
donations from our membership and the general public.
The Communitas Board of Directors is of course actively seeking other possible means of stable financial
support, however we would like to encourage any and all support from our members at this time of
In addition to our annual funding drive in December, we receive sporadic donations from individuals
who come across our work and decide to support it, or who hear about us from friends and/or family
and like what we are doing.
I would like to propose that anyone who wishes to increase their financial support to Communitas do so
by becoming a monthly supporter via our Canada Helps account.
It could be signing up to donate as little as $5 per month. The fact that it is monthly would allow us to
know in advance how much we can count on. Already we have five (5) donors who have independently
decided to contribute in this way, and it is a big help.
In case you are wondering what practical things your funding would support, we have restarted our
Open Door and Table Talk programs in–person, and so are again spending to purchase food and drinks
after a hiatus due to Covid lock downs. We also have our recurrent costs for rent and
telecommunications – although both of these have been considerably reduced with our move last year
to new offices in the Undercroft of Christ Church Cathedral.
Last but by no means least are the cost of our 2 part–time staff members without whom we would not
be able to accomplish as much.
Our deep gratitude to all the many persons who are already giving generously of their time and their
money to support our work, and be assured that we have already made it through 22 years and will
make it through this hardship as well with your help.
Communitas is very pleased to announce that after 2 1/2 years, Table Talk returned Friday, June 17 – albeit at a new site in our offices at the Undercroft.
A small gathering of some ten persons enjoyed a lunch of pizza, salad, cinnamon rolls and doughnuts, with tea, coffee and juices, and lots and lots of conversation.
We welcomed first-timers to Table Talk together with people not seen in the years since COVID shut the Friday lunchtime activity down, and oldtimers seen every week at Open Door.
The new space worked well – with a more spacious kitchen in which to work, and we look forward greatly to welcoming others in the weeks to come.
Table Talk won’t be held during the long weekends of St. Jean Baptiste and Canada Day, but will be back the following Friday, July 8, from 12 noon to 1.30 pm. Send an email to email@example.com if you plan to attend.
All are welcome!
Communitas celebrated 20 years of Open Door with the publication of a book entitled Open Door: From the Inside Out, which contains more than 100 interviews with a variety of people who have attended Open Door over the 20 years, as well as other articles and photographs that illustrate this unique activity.
The book is available for purchase for $20 (softcover version) or $35 (hardcover version). Send an email requesting the book to Opendoor@communitasmontreal.org. Payment may be made using our online donation page: https://communitasmontreal.org/donate/.
The CBC this Monday morning in February has posted an article on the 20th Anniversary Open Door Book project. It can be found here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montreal-open-door-former-prisoners-1.6357003
It’s the virtual watch party on the Food Chain that will be shown on February 24 at 7 PM EST, $5.00 a person, and proceeds go to Communitas. Thanks to Kelly from Completely Inclusive.
Food Chains – Fundraiser Virtual Watch Party
Hosted by Completely Inclusive, this documentary viewing fundraiser aims to educate and entertain. Held monthly and in support of local nonprofits, we explore topics of race, class, sex, and more intersectional topics. Click here to sign up: https://kinema.com/events/food-chains-fundraiser-virtual-watch-party-ihcstm
This call to arms documentary details the questionable ethics of the food supply industry, pointing out the power of huge supermarket chains to dictate low wages and inhumane labour conditions for farmworkers in the United States. See the trailer: https://youtu.be/bna0zC4szVs
What a wonderful book you have produced. I opened it and was immediately enthralled. I read the first 41 pages before reluctantly going back to office work. Thank you so much. I will certainly be sending a donation to support your wonderful work. Congratulations on a book which is both a joy to look at and to read.
I was given a copy for Christmas and the book is so fabulous. Congratulations. I will take two more copies please. I made mention of it in my letter for the New Year, because quite frankly, it is one of the most beautiful examples of the power of people, to create restorative justice conversations in their own communities. All the best.