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News from Portage's drug addiction rehabilitation and employment reintegration centres in Canada.

Counsellors at the MICA Centre Share Quarantine With New Female Residents

06-17-2020

Three counsellors from the Mentally Ill Chemical Abusers (MICA) program for women shared their daily life with two new female residents who were quarantined due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The counsellors accompanied the residents as they embarked on their rehabilitation program while remaining in their supervised apartment for the duration of the quarantine period. Further… Read more »

Philanthropy: Dan Martell Helps Portage Atlantic During the Pandemic

05-20-2020

On April 12, 2020, in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic sweeping through Canada, Portage Atlantic received a $10,000 donation from long-time supporter Dan Martell and his family. This generous donation helps maintain admission services for youth struggling with substance dependencies in the Atlantic provinces. A former resident of the Portage rehabilitation centre for youth… Read more »

Quarantine Induction at Cassidy Lake

05-20-2020

As the COVID-19 continues to progress worldwide, Portage Atlantic similarly continues to adjust its programs to provide a safe and healthy environment for its residents and staff. Acting swiftly to ensure the well-being and a sense of normalcy, mobile bunker houses were acquired and set up at a safe distance from the main residential community…. Read more »

School and Rehabilitation: Portage Adapts to Confinement Measures

05-20-2020

On-site schooling is an integral part of the youth program at Portage’s rehabilitation centres across Canada.  Because of the COVID-19 crisis, schools everywhere have been forced to close and Portage has made every effort to ensure its young residents can pursue their studies despite the closures. COVID-19 and Schooling The Coronavirus pandemic that hit Canada… Read more »

Brent Miller LIVE: A Musical Evening

05-20-2020

Brent Miller LIVE is a trio band based out of Toronto, Ontario. Praised for their musical aptitudes and energy on the wedding and events scene, the Portage Ontario community and their friends got the opportunity to see Brent perform live with Randy from Impact DJ on April 30th, 2020. Brent kindly donated his time by… Read more »

Portage Ontario and ForgeX Athletic Training Centre

05-20-2020

Throughout the first week of May 2020, ForgeX Athletic Training Centre based out of Fergus Ontario generously donated their time and expertise to raise awareness around Portage Ontario’s Bunker House Project. Michelle, Forge team’s president, hosted three free online workouts through Facebook for both the ForgeX and Portage communities to participate in. These training sessions, which… Read more »

Bunker House Project: Our Urgent Appeal

05-20-2020

When the province first declared a state of emergency and issued safety directives to essential services, Portage had to act swiftly to ensure the health and well-being of our current residents and staff were prioritized. Unfortunately, this led to the suspension of important program activities such as family visits to the centre to meet loved… Read more »

Rehabilitation and Confinement: As Seen Through A Residential Centre for Adolescents

04-22-2020

As a result of the public health state of emergency announced by the Québec government in March 2020, Portage has implemented extraordinary measures in its rehabilitation centres. Visits and weekend outings have been suspended, and all residents are confined to the centre for health and safety reasons. We asked the young residents of the Saint-Malachie… Read more »

Online Therapeutic Community: Rehabilitation From A Distance

04-08-2020

The Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has impacted people all over the world for several months now and on many levels. Community organizations have been hit hard by isolation measures, quarantines and fear of contracting the virus. In order to continue helping people with their dependencies, Portage has adapted its services to ensure everyone’s safety. COVID-19 is… Read more »

The “Maître de sa vie” Program Now Available to Youth

02-28-2020

In 2018, Portage launched an innovative intervention program for individuals with concurrent substance use and post-traumatic stress disorders. This addition to Portage’s constantly evolving rehabilitation services offering was made possible largely through the generous financial contribution of Hydro-Québec.