La Méridienne, founded in 1989, has for mission to offer to the women victims of domestic violence and to their children a safe and welcoming living environment as well as a whole range of services whose primary goal is to allow women to regain power over their lives.
La Méridienne is :
A help resource and shelter that propose quality services to all women victims of domestic violence and their children in a feminist perspective.
A resource that allows :
to fight against violence against women;
to work for a social change by raising awareness to partners and population to the social problem of domestic violence and its consequences;
to advance the cause of women victims of domestic violence by promote values and principles of equality between men and women.
At first, I was very confused to be here, but the more it went, the more I got used to the other residents, to the community workers and to the living environment. Over time, I made friends and I appreciated the support of the community workers, a joyful staff.
I wanted to thank all of you. You guys helped me to be a much stronger person and to think about myself. I learned to be more open about my emotions. I have made more friends here then I have in a year. I will miss you all so much. I wanted to thank you all for your love and wisdom, your hospitality and your generosity.
Just a little word to tell you again a big thank you for everything you’ve done for me. I will always be grateful, I am sure of it. Small gestures can sometimes have a great importance to those who receive it. Here, I never felt judged. On the contrary, even though I don’t always experience easy things and that I have the impression to bother people, I know that here I can always count on you. My stay here allowed me a rest and strenght to go a long way, I appreciate it very much.
I came here backwards. Despite all this, you were very welcoming and you opened the door very generously. I arrived here very confused, feeling upside down, not knowing what had happened in my life. You listened, talked, guided me, and above all, you gave me several tips and work tools.
La Méridienne is an excellent shelter and, even more, a great and beautiful family. Always available and very attentive. You’ve really helped me. I am leaving here stronger.
I will never forget you, girls. When I arrived, I was exhausted and lost. But thank to all of those I met here, I found my strenght and also found myself.
I would like to thank all of you for the good work you do with us. My stay here allowed me to move forward in my life. I liked that you were there when I needed it, and thanks to you I developped my autonomy.
I thank all the community workers for your support, your understanding and your sweetness with which I was welcomed. Probably, looking back, if I hadn’t been here, I wouldn’t be at the same point. You made me grow on all levels and I am also learning to assert myself more and more. I wouln’t hesitate at all to refer your shelter to a woman who would have the same needs I have.
I want to thank all of you for welcoming me and my children so well when I needed it. For offering us a roof and meals, but above all, for your listening, your advices, your thoughts and your support. I was abke to replenish my energy, regain esteem and love for myself. To recognize myself as a person with rights, mais above all the right to be respected and loved. The relationship with my children solidified, during our stay they gained autonomy and I learned how to set my limits. I quit La Méridienne knowing that it is my job to make myself respected and that my children deserve a healthy and safe environment in which to grow. Thanks to the one who cooked us so well. If someone was going through a similar situation, I would advice them to seek help here «La Méridienne».
You think you know a woman victim of domestic violence?
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Every year, we need your financial support to offer quality services to women and children who use our services. Your donations also allow us to organize activities and projets to help improve their living conditions.