The Yellow Door launches Cultural Roulant

The Yellow Door, a non-profit organization based in downtown Montreal, runs intergenerational programming, has launched a new pilot project to bring cultural services to seniors who are home-bound and without internet during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Cultural Roulant, which received funding from the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, the Foundations of Greater Montreal and the Gustav Levinschi Foundation, will bring books, games, CDs and art supplies to the home of seniors in an effort to help tackle the growing mental health challenges faced by many the most vulnerable in our community. We are delighted to announce that we have partnered with the Atwater Library for this project, allowing our members access to their extensive catalogue – delivered right to their door.

Throughout this year, The Yellow Door has worked to create safe activities for seniors, many of whom live alone and are vulnerable to serious complications of the coronavirus. The new Cultural Roulant will be a safe way for seniors to access activities without leaving their home. This service was developed out of a need to help our most at-risk senior members.

It is estimated that 90% of seniors live alone, and a significant minority do not have access to the internet, leading to a situation of several isolation and exclusion.

By providing books and other cultural materials – as well as a friendly connection – the new Cultural Roulant will be a vital tool to promote physical and mental wellbeing amongst vulnerable individuals.

The Cultural Roulant is currently looking for volunteers to help with deliveries. For more information, please contact us at roulant@yellowdoor.org