Single mother aged between 18 and 35 (priority to those aged 18-25)
At least one child aged between 0 and 5 with full-time or joint custody
Canadian permanent resident status
Ready to undertake social professional steps
Our approach: Participatory management
Villa Pierrot is a living environment that supports social transformation and engages our community in collective issues that affect single mothers.
On a daily basis, Villa Pierrot relies on popular education principles that value each woman’s skills and knowledge. It utilizes engaging methods and tools to empower women to take action through experience.
Participatory management involves residents in the daily management of their living environment in relation to Villa Pierrot’s mission and objectives: Selection of new mothers, scheduling activities, organizing events, site maintenance, etc.
Various committees are set up to enable them to develop their knowledge, know-how, and soft skills, which are all transferable to various spheres of their life: Ability to plan and organize, relational and communication abilities (expression, compromise, mediation, conflict management), adaptation capacity, independence, team work, initiative, and many others.
From the moment of their arrival, they become involved in developing the organization and expanding their expertise in managing their own development and fulfillment, as well as that of their children.
THE PARTICIPATORY MANAGEMENT OF VILLA PIERROT CONSISTS OF:
Three representatives on the Board of Directors
Coordination of activity and workshop programming and selection of themes (e.g. ADHD, anxiety, workplace communication, collective kitchens, etc.)
Organization of family parties
Frequently Asked Questions
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What does being a resident at Villa Pierrot involve?
Villa Pierrot provides temporary housing to single mothers for up to 5 years. The objective of your stay here is to become actively involved in your social and professional life project while having access to facilitating conditions;
A code of conduct and building regulations are in place to foster a healthy living environment enabling each woman to concentrate on her project;
If you choose to live at Villa Pierrot, you commit to respect all of the rules conditional to your stay in these documents;
You choose to undertake steps that involve regular individual meetings with an intervention worker to follow up on your life project and support you in finding solutions and tools for the challenges encountered;
You commit to participating in Villa Pierrot’s collective life: Participants’ assembly, working committees, community involvement, etc.
What happens when I get there?
When you arrive, after giving you time to settle into your new home, an action plan meeting will be held with the intervention worker in charge of life projects;
With their support, you will set objectives for 4 spheres of your life: Your social and professional life, your life as a woman, as a mother, and as a citizen (community involvement);
The welcoming committee will meet you to answer your questions and to go over the code of conduct and building rules;
You will be paired up with another resident who will help you get settled into the day-to-day life until you understand how it works.
What does the day to day look like at Villa Pierrot?
You have a least one meeting every 2 months, more if needed, to follow up on the action plan with the intervention worker that is supporting you in your life plan.
You must commit to your action plan and inform the worker of any change;
You must pay your rent the 1st of every month.
A summary of your year relating to the values of Villa Pierrot will be prepared to evaluate the possibility of continuing your stay.
After 3 years:
You must prepare your case and submit the reasons why you want to extend your stay;
You must present it to the extension committee;
You will have to discuss and choose recommendations for continuing your stay.
After 4 years:
You must continue your commitments, pursue your objectives, and continue complying with the rules;
You must maintain your action plan meetings;
You must prepare for your departure from Villa, which includes a departure plan with the timeframes and steps required;
You must keep participating in activities;
You must keep participating in resident assemblies.
Are we allowed to have a roommate or a boyfriend?
You cannot have a roommate and you are responsible for telling your family, friends, and dates that Villa Pierrot cannot accommodate them;
Yes, you are allowed to have a boyfriend and you may have people over 2 nights a week maximum (this includes the weekend);
You will be given a notice if you do not comply with the rules.
Are we allowed to work/study during our stay?
Absolutely! This is part of the action plan you will develop with the life project worker when you arrive;
The objective of Villa is to support you in your social and professional journey.
Are we allowed to have pets?
Pets are not permitted inside apartments, except for two birds in a cage, one indoor cat, or fish in an aquarium;
Visitors’ pets are prohibited.
We have asked residents and former residents to talk about their stay. Here are some inspiring things they had to say.
“Villa provides me with the independence and freedom to be.” MyriamResident since 2019
“Villa Pierrot taught me a lot of things, including trusting myself, believing in my dreams, and pursuing my life projects. Thanks to them, I was able to finish school and get a vocational diploma (DEP) as an orderly. I can leave Villa Pierrot knowing that I am now able to better organize my life.”ÉliseResident 2014-2019
“Villa Pierrot was my hope! And it still is! It is currently my fresh start to life.”JenniferResident 2017-2020
Ce que je retiens, c'est que vous soutenez beaucoup les filles. Vous nommez les choses que l’on peut améliorer et ça nous porte à le faire. Ça, avec une petite tape dans le dos quand on réussit notre objectif. Les filles ici, sont superfines. L’ambiance est agréable et respectueuse dès notre entrée.CassandraResident since 2018
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