Montreal, February 14, 2008 – Today, Portage celebrates the anniversary of the opening of its first facility, situated in Prévost, at lac Écho, in the Laurentians. It is on February 14, 1973 that the original site of Portage’s residential treatment center opened its doors and started its program for about ten residents, on a 35-acre property, 45 minutes north of Montreal, in the Laurentians. Today, 35 years later, Portage at Lac Echo houses 120 residents, including 80 adults and 40 youth.
“After 35 years of experience, Portage has much to celebrate: our roots in the community and the dedication and commitment of our staff that have created the deep reservoir of knowledge and experience that is Portage. Most of all we celebrate the success of our clients – the many thousands of people who have experienced Portage and have overcome great personal challenges in order to change their lives and rejoin the community”, stated Peter Howlett, President of Portage.
Portage is a non-profit organisation that has helped substance abusers and their families establishing an outstanding record of success. Portage provides help for some of the most vulnerable members of the community: young people, the mentally ill chemical abusers, substance-abusing mothers and their children and pregnant addicts. Portage also offers two programs of social reintegration.
Portage operates eight drug addiction treatment centres across Québec: in Montréal, Beaconsfield, Québec City, Prévost (the Laurentians) and Saint-Damien-de-Buckland (Chaudières-Appalaches). Two others serve Ontario and Atlantic Canada residents.