Fondation des jeunes de la DPJ teaming up with Service d’entraide Basse-Ville de Québec

June 10, 2024

Fabienne Audette, Managing Director, Fondation des jeunes de la DPJ ; Dany Brière, Sales, Marketing and Customer Experience Coordinator, Service d'entraide Basse-Ville; Geneviève Gagnon, Director of Programs, Impact and Community Relations, Fondation des jeunes de la DPJ

Avoir un bon départ dans la vie, a project initiated by Service d’entraide Basse-Ville, is intended to provide youths leaving care with the essentials they need as they set out on their own. We’re thrilled to support the project financially as it aligns with our efforts to help youths transition to independent living. It’s all about getting a good start in life.

With $14,100 in funding from the Fondation, the project can provide 30 youths transitioning out of care with all the necessities for their first apartment, including furniture, appliances, bedding, and kitchen essentials. Those material things bring a sense of security and help the youths receiving them feel deserving of their own place to call home. Walking through Le grenier à meubles warehouse and choosing the furniture and supplies they want is an empowering experience for youths as it gives them the opportunity to create a space that reflects their personality.

Shopping is one of the first things that come to mind when it’s time for youths to begin living on their own. But there’s more to it than that. Getting the basics often involves trips to many different stores—and often youths don’t even know what they actually need. With support from the Fondation, we can take that load off their shoulders by making sure they find everything they need in one place and don’t have to worry about getting their items home.

Dany Brière
Sales, Marketing and Customer Experience Coordinator at SEBV

Based in Quebec City, Service d’entraide Basse-Ville has been in the business of redistributing wealth for over 50 years, helping to improve the lives of many families in the city and providing a space where people can feel welcome and supported.

The organization’s project, tailored to the circumstances of youths in care, goes beyond providing material goods by ensuring the items are delivered directly to the recipient’s new address. Acquiring the basic second-hand items to furnish an apartment is challenging enough for many young people. Getting everything home is another hurdle that often goes overlooked.

Moving into an apartment, settling in, and getting furniture is a challenge for all young people. For youths leaving care, who often have no support network, that’s even more difficult and can quickly become a source of anxiety. The Fondation is happy to be there for the 30 youths who can now take that big step with someone by their side, giving them the chance to quickly focus on what matters most—their future.

Fabienne Audette
Managing Director, Fondation des jeunes de la DPJ
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