Welcome Hall Mission

Welcome Hall Mission

October 10, 2016 07:00 ET

A Traditional Meal That Could Be the Beginning of a New Life for Many Homeless Men

Alouettes players to take part in Welcome Hall Mission's Thanksgiving dinner

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Oct. 10, 2016) - Thanksgiving is the occasion for many to take a moment to be grateful while sharing a meal with family. But for many homeless Montrealers it can be a day that seems to be more difficult than usual. This is why Welcome Hall Mission will again be hosting a special Thanksgiving dinner for over 350 homeless men and women. For this festive evening, the Alouettes players will trade their football uniforms for aprons and personally serve meals to Montreal's less fortunate. Live music will also be provided by Micky Farkas and Gary White.

"The meals served at Welcome Hall Mission are often a way to create a meaningful contact with homeless men, explained Farell Duclair, Director of the Men's Mission at Welcome Hall Mission. When a man decides to walk through our door, we make sure that with his meal, he also gets the help he needs to get back on his feet. Together, we are working to find permanent solutions for their addictions, housing and employment problems in order to resume an active role in society."

This year Alouette Players Jean-Christophe Beaulieu #46, Nicolas Boulay #5, Chip Cox #11, Ethan Davis #16, DeQuin Evans #94, Sam Giguère #15, Kyries Hebert #34, Cam McDaniel #33, Jacob Ruby #69, and Brandon Rutley #23 will be honoured to serve a hearty traditional Thanksgiving meal and give messages of hope to hundreds of men.

Thanksgiving is also the beginning of #SeasonOfGiving at Welcome Hall Mission. With the cold season fast approaching, hunger and homelessness continue to pose significant problems in Montreal. The fundraiser for meals at $3.49 can offer a full meal and bring a little happiness to people who really need it.

Some statistics on help for the homeless at Welcome Hall Mission

  • 227,320 meals served at Welcome Hall Mission through the generosity of donators and many suppliers and producers who provide food for meal preparation.
  • More than 80,000 nights of shelter offered to homeless men and women in Montreal.
  • Over a 100,000 of volunteer hours contributed by generous people wanting to help the less privileged.

About Welcome Hall Mission

Since 1892, Welcome Hall Mission has been the largest doorway to help Montrealers in need. Many programs are available to support the homeless, young single mothers, families, children and youth. Welcome Hall Mission gives them hope through concrete actions and effective solutions to help them improve their lives and reintegrate into society.






Media interested in this event can come on October 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM, at 1490 St-Antoine Street West in Montreal. It will be possible to take images of the players serving meals and chatting with the men from Welcome Hall Mission. Farell Duclair, Cyril Morgan, players from the Alouettes and a man who is using Welcome Hall Mission's services will also be available for interview.

Contact Information

  • For more information or to schedule an interview:
    Sophie Allard, APR
    514-499-3030, ext. 771

    Kathryn Stephens
    Senior Manager of Development and Public Relations
    514-523-5288, ext. 303