Le Chainon, an organization forged in the woven determination of solidarity
The founder, Yvonne Maisonneuve, put her determination in the service of a cause she thought was just and important, that of helping women in difficult situations. Subsequently, faithful collaborators come to lend a hand and join the work of Yvonne Maisonneuve on a volunteer basis. These urban missionaries forged the foundations of Le Chainon, now the main shelter for women in difficult situations in Quebec. For eighty-five years, people of heart have contributed to its development.
Yvonne Maisonneuve opens her first foster home for girls on Fairmount Street in Montreal.
Moving to 101 de la Gauchetière Street.
Addition of a service to welcome mothers with children, a service which will be offered for thirty-three years.
Establishment of a service to welcome girls which will operate for twenty years.
The Institut Notre-Dame de la Protection is structured as an association whose members who work as urban missionaries will be called "associates".
Yvon Deschamps becomes spokesperson. He will talk about the Chainon for 30 years.
Expropriation forces the temporary closure of the house.
Settling on Avenue Esplanade in a building loaned by the Priests of Saint-Sulpice. Employees and volunteers are starting to join the ranks.
Adoption of the name Association d’entraide Le Chainon.
All housing services are now dedicated to single women.
Yvonne Maisonneuve perishes on Christmas day.
Reorganization of the service and addition of places for longer stays.
Redevelopment of housing units and opening of Stay-for-the-Night service with 12 places and four emergency places.
Opening of the first Maison Yvonne-Maisonneuve offering 14 places to older women who have previously stayed at Le Chainon.
A fire results in the total loss of Le Chainon's store Le Coffre aux trésors which reopens on September 13 at its current location, boulevard Saint-Laurent.
Inauguration of the new Maison Yvonne-Maisonneuve better adapted to the needs of the residents.
Thanks to a major fundraising campaign, Le Chainon becomes the owner of the building it has occupied for 36 years.
Celebrating the 80th anniversary of Le Chainon, which has become the main lodging resource for women in difficult situations in Quebec. The promotional campaign Maillon à maillon of Le Chainon is widely publicized.
Establishment of Le Chainon Foundation dedicated exclusively to financially supporting Le Chainon
The main house has a new look after an impressive upgrade project.
Inauguration of Yvonne-Maisonneuve Park.
Le Chaînon is 85 years old.
Le Chaînon celebrates its 86th birthday.