In 1979, a group of volunteers
worried about the lack of services for persons suffering from
alcohol problems, took the necessary steps to establish a residential
treatment service in Hearst.
The founder members are
Raymond Alary, Jean-Pierre Bergevin Janine Bourdon, Betty-Ann
Côté, René Fontaine, Dolorès Gosselin,
Raymond Lafleur, Suzanne Leblanc, Dr. Bertrand Proulx and Colette
Wrinn. Elphège Roussel was hired as coordinator for the
project which got under way in 1980.
Maison Renaissance officially
opened on February 15, 1982. In 1990, after eight years of welcoming
clients from all over the province of Ontario, most of them
males, Maison Renaissance joined forces with the Foyer de l'Assomption,
a residential treatment center for francophone women. The two
centers amalgamated their services under one roof with the construction
of a new center.
On January 10, 1991, the
center opened its doors to their first clients by offering a
28-day residential program for men and women with substance
In 1994, in order to better
meet the needs of their clients, the 28-day program was modified
to accept admissions every two weeks. That change also made
it possible for Maison Renaissance to offer, at different intervals
during the year, a two week relapse prevention program for clients
who had already completed the 28-day program.
In January 1997, the 28-day
program was modified again, this time by reducing the number
of days to 21. This change allowed admissions to be accepted
In 1998, Maison Renaissance
added a residential family program for family members and in
2003, a community day and evening program was also added.
Maison Renaissance strives to
improve the delivery of services to the francophone population
of Ontario by following the best practices guidelines from the
ministry of Health.
We congratulate the members
of the first board of directors. Their dream has surely been
realized beyond their expectations. We believe that Maison Renaissance
will continue to grow and strive for many years to come.