Montreal City Mission shares the concerns and struggles of a wide group of individuals through advocating on their issues. We do this through our connections and collaboration with a variety of church and community networks addressing social and economic exclusion.
Montreal City Mission is active on a number of United Church working groups to promote outreach ministry and develop new resources and vision for its fulfillment. MCM currently participates on the Montreal Presbytery Mission Outreach. MCM is also invovled in the Ecumenical Peace and Justice Network.
In addition to supporting the work of ‘Front d'action populaiare en réaménagement urbain' and the ‘Réseau d'aide aux personnes seules et itinérantes', MCM is actively involved in the ‘Table de concertation au service des refugiés', in particular through participation in its Protection Committee.
MCM also seeks opportunities to speak about its work and the people served through outreach visits and presentations to churches, grassroots groups and academia and by hosting church and community groups at MCM. We hope this contact with the wider community will serve to create greater acceptance and understanding amongst people.
Opportunities for Local and International Students
Over the past twenty-five years, students have come to MCM from Canada, the United States, Sweden, England, Wales, Ireland and Germany. Between 15 and 20 students do their internship at MCM each year.
Innovative Field Instruction Model
Issues raised in internship field instruction sessions have become a catalyst for MCM policy and program development, and feedback provided by students has helped MCM create a theoretical framework for field-work that is based on the philosophy of empowerment. By integrating students into a collegial organizational structure, MCM also passes on knowledge of empowerment as it relates to the larger context of community and professional work. Furthermore, the practice of empowerment with oppressed populations is greatly enhanced when community practitioners can apply the tenets of this same philosophy at the workplace. Through workshops, on-site training, regular individual and group field instruction sessions and a mutual evaluation process, both student and field instructor benefit from the field placement experience. Students have frequently cited their experience at MCM as being pivotal in their educational and spiritual journeys, while serving as a bridge between school and work.