Annie Roussy-Ste-Croix volunteers at Montreal’s Open Door Shelter when she’s not in class.
The gregarious 18-year-old Inuk wants to a be a paramedic one day.
But she has another good reason to be there.
“My grandmother is over there, at the table,” says Roussy-Ste-Croix.
But the shelter, which acts as the last refuge for many of the city’s Inuit, is in a fight for its survival.
Its current location was sold to condo developers last spring.
It has yet to secure a new location.
The good news is their Jan. 1 deadline has been pushed back.
“Things are beginning to look positive for the future of the Open Door, of course we’re excited about that. There’s still some work to do, but yes we are going to be able to remain past December 31st,” says David Chapman, acting director.
Chapmen wouldn’t divulge any potential new locations, however a nearby spot was nixed in the fall when locals found out and didn’t want it in their backyard.
Roussy-Ste-Croix is resigned to the fact that wherever it does move will be much farther than the current location.
“I’m just disappointed, ’cause this is kind of like home for most people, like everyone hangs around Atwater so it’s more like a home,” she says.
But for now the doors remain open.
And for the people who use it, every day counts.