The services offered through our Generations Program aim to foster intergenerational relationships that decrease social isolation and the associated negative health consequences of seniors and youth in downtown Montréal. We aim to promote a better quality of life through maintaining functionality and promoting autonomy, as well as nurturing a sense of awareness and responsibility toward the aged. These relationships also offer a unique perspective to youth volunteers.
Each year, the Generations Program, through the work of a dedicated team of over 180 volunteers, serves over 225 seniors (our members) in the downtown Montréal area. The majority of these volunteers are university students who generously give their time and energy. The program has been serving downtown Montréal since 1972.
Members of the Generations Program are 55+ years old and live within our territory:
1. Ville Marie: Avenue Des Pins to the North and Rue Saint-Jacques to the South, Atwater to the West and Saint-Denis to the East.
2. Little Portugal: on the south, ave des Pins; on the north, ave Mont-Royal; on the west, ave du Parc; and on the east, rue St-Denis
3. Old Port: on the north, rue Saint-Jacques/Notre-Dame; on the south, rue de la Commune; on the west, rue Blvd Robert-Bourassa; and on the east, rue Berri.
The majority of our members are referred to us through the public health care system and other members find out about us from their friends, neighbours, or family members.
Conception and Illustration by YD volunteer, Laura Wu
We are always accepting new senior members to this program. To become a member, or to inquire about membership on behalf of someone else, please call us to set up an interview with our Program Coordinator, who will then be able to assess your needs. All of our services are free. Volunteers are also interviewed by the Program Coordinator and then matched with a member according to a number of criteria. We aim to help seniors in one or more service areas: (1) Friendly Visits; (2) Accompaniments; (3) Friendly Errands; (4) Help with Technology; (5) Friendly Calls; (6) Referrals (see below for more info).
Click below to learn more about each service...
BECOME/REFER A MEMBER
We are always accepting new members. Click here to submit a member referral form or contact Aria at (514) 845-2600 ext. 2 / firstname.lastname@example.org
"Yanqi has been my faithful Yellow Door volunteer and friend for over two years now. I have come to appreciate that I can rely on him weekly. He has helped me with my computer skills and now we are meeting on zoom. I am learning about the rewards and difficulties of being Chinese and studying in English, while learning French, during a pandemic!"
-Frances, Generations Member
BECOME A VOLUNTEER
Volunteering is rewarding and fun. Our volunteers build close intergenerational relationships while contributing to their community. Learn more about how to become a volunteer here.
"Volunteering at the YD is a weekly routine, a pleasure, and an important part of my life. Besides occasional one-off services like accompaniments and errands, my main volunteer activities are paying visits to Frances […] We usually meet and catch up first, then go through her list of questions about the use of her computer and tablet. For me, volunteering has become a visit to a good friend."
-Yanqi, Generations Volunteer