A shelter that focuses on help and support in everyday life
At a glance
Centre Amaryllis is a shelter for people living with HIV who are marginalized and have serious difficulties adapting socially. We try to provide a warm and safe haven for the worst off in our society. HIV-positive people who are coping with the added problem of aging, the continual obstacles of life and relentless isolation, have been coming to us for many years.
Our team members welcome them with respect and commitment, helping them every step of the way. The goal is to get a better understanding and make a difference. People stay for different lengths of time, depending on their situations.
It let me calm down and find an apartment. And I can keep it because you are helping me with my medications and my money. Thank you.
The work we do focuses on help and support in everyday life. Everyone faces a different challenge, and our team works to help each resident fit into the group. Many of them are here for the first time, so we take all the time we need to get to know them and help them deal with their individual realities and try to fit in. Social exclusion is an unfortunate fact of life for many of our residents, and they have become resigned to it. Sometimes living together just means surviving. While they are here, we work on their strengths, taking the time to figure out what they can manage and what is harder for them. For many of them, just being able to fail without losing their homes is the start of the long climb back. Experience—both positive and negative—sparks awareness and change. And the support of the group makes a difference.
The Life Code
The Centre Amaryllis Life Code
How to apply
You must be living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C,
having psycho-social difficulties,
be prepared to live in a group setting supervised by case workers,
be physically autonomous (we have no medical staff), and
be open to personal change related to face your difficulties.
If you think you could use our services, call us at 514-526-3811, extension 1, and we will set up an appointment.
When we meet, we will show you the Centre, discuss the reasons you want to apply, and outline the purpose of our work. There are no forms to fill out beforehand.
After we meet, we will let you know our decision within 24 to 48 hours.
People usually start at the beginning of the month, and they are asked to contribute 75% of their income, payable upon arrival. When people are admitted later in the month, their contributions are prorated to the number of days left. No one stays here for free.
If you are looking for emergency and/or short-term shelter, call Centre Sida Secours at 514-842-4439, extension 101.
How to find accommodation in this centre