History

L’Entraide bénévole is a community volunteer organization working amidst the MRC des Pays-d’en-Haut since 1980. Its main mission is to help people who have temporarily or permanently lost their autonomy.

 Thanks to the generosity of its more than 200 volunteers, l'Entraide answers over 50,000 requests annually. These initiatives aim to  bring help and support to the elderly.

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A Solid foundation
The charter of  L'Entraide bénévole des Pays-d’en-Haut came was established at 7 Chemin du Lac Millette in Saint-Sauveur, in 1980. A termporary committee met under the presidency of  Jean Lalonde on March 13th, 1980. From the outset, they were faced with a huge challenge, to provide for the needs of our region. We required an autonomous organization, with a permanent residence and staff, which would always be under the guidance of representatives, elected by volunteers, who understood the needs of the community and were willing to answer those needs with solidarity. In September 1980, Monique Surprenant became the first director-general. She remained in that position until May 21st, 1985, during which time she built a network of support
 and services.
 
Roots and residence
In July 21, 1980, L’Entraide bénévole des Pays-d’en-Haut established a home at 12 Saint-Denis in Saint-Sauveur, and, June 20, 1984 moved to 106 rue de la Gare in Saint-Sauveur, only to return 12 Saint-Denis, on January 28 1991, its. original home. August 30 ,2007, after 15 years at 12 rue St-Denis, l’Entraide Bénévole moved,  to 205 rue Principale, ( the Presbytery) of Saint-Sauveur.
On January 22 1989 it opened its first premises in Sainte-Adèle, at 108 rue Morin, then moved to rue des Capucines on November 3 1992. On May 17, 1995 the General Assembly decided to buy the old quarters of Hydro Québec in Sainte-Adèle to establish the very efficient Volunteer Centre. On January  19th, 2010, l'Entraide Bénévole des Pays-d'en-Haut sold its premises at 1312 boul. Ste-Adèle. June 30th, 2010 the organization purchased a new building at 1013 rue Valiquette, in Sainte-Adèle. The Sainte-Adèle and Saint-Sauveur offices were consolidated at this new location December 9th of the same year and continues to offer all of its services.
 
Board of directors

The Board of directors assumes the responsibility for the orientation and functioning of the organization of L’Entraide bénévole des Pays-d’en-Haut. These dedicated Board members have taken on the difficult and trying task . We take advantage of this opportunity to thank the various board members who have worked so very diligently.

 
Home care

This is the primary reason that motivated the generous swing of support from our volunteers:  helping people who have lost their autonomy to be able to stay in their home.

 

Volunteer benefits

During the establishment of L’Entraide bénévole des Pays-d’en-Haut the many volunteers have stated that they have benefitted greatly from helping others and from making new friendships.  The rewards of volunteering are plentiful.

Mobilizing the community, one mutual assistance gesture at a time.
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