L’Anonyme is now 25 years old. The anniversary is celebrated along with the organization’s third annual fundraising evening.
L’Anonyme makes the innovative move of organizing their first fundraising event at Théâtre Rialto. Their main objective: give the organization visibility. Mission accomplished!
L’Anonyme moves on Hochelaga St. in a more appropriate space to accommodate the growth of the team and the expansion of its activities. We take this opportunity to celebrate our 20th anniversary by inaugurating our new bus.
A major fundraising event is launched to replace the previous motorized vehicle that had given up after years of service. The new bus is laid out according to the needs of the target population. The general management at L’Anonyme changes and the organization now has a two-headed management structure that changes their mode of operation.
Two new educational and prevention projects are implemented in two schools of Saint-Michel, “Basta” for young women, and “Attache ta tuque” for young men.
With the intention of extending the previous project, we have implemented “Hey fille! Mets tes culottes” (Hey girl! Put your pants on!) in Saint-Michel in order to promote sexual health to young at-risk women aged 14 to 30, and equip workers of the different organizations in this neighbourhood, which is identified as a priority. In partnership with the community radio CIBL, project “Radio Anonyme, la rue en direct” (Radio Anonyme, live from the street) is born and gives a voice to marginalize young people.
The HIV and STBIs prevention project named “Mets tes culottes” (Put your pants on), related to risky sexual behaviours, is under way and is intended to provide workers with the appropriate tools for working with drug users, and to discuss sexuality and prevention with these people.
After noticing there were no night services downtown Montréal for the youth at risk, “L’Anonyme at night” was born. The motorized vehicle is now used three evenings and two nights weekly in the streets of Montréal.
As a host organization, L’Anonyme joins forces with peer helpers, young people who have had experiences with drug use and an antisocial lifestyle, and who were able to distance themselves from this reality enough to share with others their experience. L’Anonyme continues its mission; new neighbourhoods are added to the itinerary, and different research groups build on their activities to contribute to a better understanding of these young people’s hard reality.
L’Anonyme finally acquires a new motorized vehicle, which is essential to accomplish its mission. The organization now has a presence in Downtown, Centre-Sud, Saint-Michel, Pointe-St-Charles and Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, four evenings per week. In addition, the organization moves to the community centre Faubourg Saint-Laurent.
L’Anonyme develops a social reintegration program related to employability. The “Propulsion” project allows participants to acquire, on a voluntary basis, different skills in the field of sewing, and then reintegrate the labour market. Support is offered to all participants, according to their needs.
In a collective public health effort, L’Anonyme is mandated to reduce the spread of STBIs, and recommends from now on that the HIV infection should be considered as a potential consequence of psychotropic drugs. The organization now offers a syringe exchange service for injection drug users (IDU) of all ages in order to prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other STBIs.
L’Anonyme becomes a non-profit organization and extends its activities in the various neighbourhoods of Montréal, where the young people in trouble are, on the basis of a street work approach using a motorized vehicle. Working primarily in the central districts of the City of Montréal, L’Anonyme extends its services to all neighbourhoods in the City.
L’Anonyme, a mobile intervention unit project, begins its operation thanks to the Gannett Foundation Award, one of the most important private philanthropic foundations in North America. L’Anonyme was created to complement the already existing services. Its mobile intervention unit now runs in the streets of Montréal, where young people in trouble needs help, with a team who has the necessary expertise to listen to them, and offer them alternatives to their living situation.
La Fondation des enfants maltraités du Québec broaden its mission and aims to reach the young people who are struggling in their life environment, in order to play a key support role and to have a direct intervention role for them, anonymously and by voluntary action. And from that moment, a new project is born, L’Anonyme.