We are extremely saddened to share the news that our dear colleague Paul passed away suddenly on Friday April 3rd, 2015. Paul was one of our two Street Workers, and provided on-the-spot support to NDG youth where, when, and how they needed it. His dedication, empathy, and joy were both infectious and inspiring. The loss of this unique and wonderful person is deeply felt throughout the many communities Paul touched with his light.
Head & Hands’ offices were closed from April 7th-13th in order to grieve Paul’s loss and begin recovering as a team. Our doors reopened for services yesterday, but will close again tomorrow April 16th for the full day. We will reopen once again on Friday the 17th, and any future closures will be announced here. We thank our community for being patient with us as we work to restore services as quickly as possible while respecting the needs of our team members.
We will be organizing a community event in the coming weeks to honour Paul’s memory and celebrate his life. We will share details of that event here as plans are finalized.
We invite anyone who needs support working through their grief to contact us – either in person at our main office (5833 Sherbrooke W), or by phone at 514-481-0277.
The resource below also provides individual support to help cope with loss, and is available by phone 24/7:
Montreal crisis centre network (choose your neighbourhood to get a phone number):