What is Santropol Roulant?
SantropolRoulant is a Montreal-based community centre that uses food as a vehicle to break social and economic isolation between generations and cultures. Creatively and collaboratively, we strengthen and nourish our local community with our novel approaches to active youth engagement, urban food systems, food security and community care.
What’s new this year?
In addition to preparing and delivering close to 22,000 home-cooked meals, this year we welcomed hundreds and hundreds of volunteers. We also significantly increased our impact and we’re particularly proud of the following new initiatives:
- our urban/rural farm exchange,
- garden and kitchen workshops for youth and Montrealers living with low-income,
- greening our building and its periphery,
- increasing the nutritional value of our meals, and
- growing our social-enterprise activities (so that hopefully one day I won’t need to be sending you emails like this!)
Programs and stats don’t tell our story though. The Roulant is a people place and throughout the year, we challenged ourselves to work in a way that was evermore effective, inclusive, and loving.
Why should you donate?
At the Roulant one of core principles of engagement is treating people as gifts. This means appreciating and celebrating everyone as a whole person that is imbued with many dimensions. We do this because we see our community members flourish when we provide them with the space, time, and resources they need. They in turn nourish Santropol Roulant even as they themselves are nourished, and the boundary between giving and receiving becomes increasingly blurred.
Our annual holiday brunch which we held yesterday afternoon (not great photo below)
is a beautiful example of the blurred line between giving and receiving at the Roulant. Ostensibly it was for our clients, and they did have a great time, but I think staff and volunteers had an equally good time and received as much benefit as our clients. Ultimately it doesn’t matter, and that is exactly the point. (My friend Rennie calls this type of blurred line “the giving field”. To read more about it, click here… but please, not till you’ve read till the end of this post)
To our thousands of volunteers, small moments like today’s brunch define the Roulant as a unique place where they’ve been given a chance to flourish and learn to lead with bravery, gentleness, and decency.
For our clients, the support they receive with each delivery of a warm, healthy, and nutritious meal helps them live with dignity in the comfort of their own home.
For all members of our community -clients, donors, volunteers and staff alike- Santropol Roulant is a place through which to discover that we can make a powerful difference in the world around us.
For all these reasons and more I am asking you to join me in donating to Santropol Roulant.
It’s easy to make a donation directly online via my giving page at CanadaHelps.org. If you’d rather donate via mail, you can click here to print a donation form.
Thanks for considering this request.
With love and gratitude,