Learn more about the important work of Répit's street workers

Learn more about the important work of Répit's street workers (2 min 35 s)

Added on February 16, 2023


This video introduces the street workers, focusing on the importance of their presence and intervention.

Learn more about the important work of Répit's street workers (2 min 35 s)

Added on February 16, 2023 | Desjardins Group

Note: The information in brackets describes the audio and visual content of the video that is not dialogue or narration.

[On-screen text: When I'm high, there's no turbulence I'm just testing my endurance It won't be the first time An artist comes by ambulance – Fouki]

[Background music]

[On-screen text: Répit, 6 inspirational stories]

[On-screen text: Inspirational story #3]

Anne-Marie: I think I would have died. Really.

Narrator: The street workers are a constant presence. In summer, some of them walk through city parks to help those in need.

[A shot of an empty bench in the park from above.]

Dave: I'd see them, but I didn't know what they did. I just knew there was a guy sitting in the park, and that he was there. Later, I understood they were there for the young people who were waiting. Let's say you needed to go see them, ask a question, get some stuff, a Naloxone, just in case, for people who overdose, or something like that, well, they're there.

[We follow a sped-up shot of a car driving through the streets.]

Dave: Naloxone is basically a kit. Say you overdose because what you took contained fentanyl, you inject Naloxone, which gives you more time to get to the hospital, without your organs shutting down.

Anne-Marie: I've been through some tough times in the last 2 years. The case workers were really there for me. I lost my father 2 years ago this month, and my instinct was to call a street worker because I didn't know who to turn to. I really wasn't doing well and I didn't know what to do. I texted a street worker. It had been 3 or 4 years since I'd really used Répit Jeunesse's services. That was my instinct, because I knew they'd help me even if I wasn't using their services, that they'd welcome me.

[A group of girls sits talking on park benches.]

Narrator: The street workers strive to meet people's needs, go to where the people are and be there when they're needed.

[The car keeps driving through the streets.]

Anne-Marie: I think I'd be dead. Really. I was using so much … People say that using leads to jail, the hospital, or the morgue. Well, in my case, it could have been the morgue.

If I hadn't met that street worker, I probably wouldn't have known that treatment existed. They're there specifically to refer us to other organizations that can help us too.

It saved my life.

[The car arrives at the emergency department entrance.]

[On-screen text: Thank you for inspiring, not judging.]

[On-screen logos: Centre Répit Jeunesse and Caisse Desjardins des Bois-Francs]

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