Since it was established in 1987, Portage’s Employment Reintegration Centre in Québec City has been helping people who have had problems with drugs, alcohol, and gambling to reintegrate into society and find meaningful employment. After twenty-five years of service, the program, which is funded by Emploi-Québec and provided free-of-charge to participants, has helped equip over 7,000 people with the skills and confidence they need to reintegrate into the workforce.
To mark the occasion, Portage invited about a hundred graduates from over the years to a special lunch before the Recognition Ceremony on October 21. The ceremony, which was also attended by representatives of Emploi-Québec, featured a testimonial by a graduate who had completed the program two years ago, after doing a drug rehabilitation program at Portage as well.
“I can tell you that setting goals and finding what you love to do in life are two very important things when you’re trying to overcome addiction,” affirmed Rémi, who has recently completed a training program in 3D animation. “Today, I stand up for my values and beliefs that I rediscovered while at Portage. In learning to respect myself, my family and friends have learned to trust me again, because now when I say that I’m going to do something, I do it. I have also learned how to say no and to take responsibility for my decisions. I sometimes make mistakes, but I admit to them and I continue to move forward.”
Portage’s Employment Reintegration Program is very grateful to Emploi-Québec for its support over the past twenty-five years, without which Portage would not have been able to assist these 7,000 people to once again become productive members of the workforce and of society.