Wanting to counter the loneliness, the isolation and the poverty of people living with HIV-AIDS particularly in the Centre-Sud neighbourhood, Louis-Marie Gagnon, Roger Poirier and Rourk EC Simon founded Maison Plein Coeur in 1991 in a small apartment on Panet Street. The continued support of the Sisters of Providence allowed Maison Plein Coeur to move to its current address on rue Dorion.
Values of tolerance, openness, and respect have kept guiding the spirit and the life of the organization.
As to accomplish its mission, Maison Plein Coeur through its community workers and volunteers accompanies each person in his or her personal journey by offering tools to facilitate a better adaptation to his or her illness.
As to do this, various services have been established:
- Home care (mainly for HIV-positive mothers)
- Transportation (for medical appointments)
- Entraide positive (support between peers)
- Supervised transition residence
- Relaxation massage
- Individual interventions
- Drop-in centre
- Agora suppers (organized by and for the members)
- VIH des arts (access to cultural events)
- Zone + (artistic projects)
- Women+ (Autonomy support)
Maison Plein Coeur offers these services without any discrimination based on gender, race, beliefs, sexual orientation or financial situation. Confidentiality is a key aspect and each community worker, volunteer or member must follow our code of ethics or life code.