Ma Cabane, a day centre for Sherbrooke’s homeless and vulnerable population, opened its doors last week close in the heart of downtown, after spending years on the back burner.
The day centre, located at 46 King Street East, acts as a safe haven for people seeking shelter from the cold, looking for a hot cup of coffee, or even a warm jacket. The idea to develop the space was put forward several years ago.
The project was conceived by the Coalition sherbrookoise pour le travail de rue. The group was able to get construction underway after it received much-needed funding from various entities, including the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS and the city of Sherbrooke.
Elyse Girard Beaulieu, a community worker at Ma Cabane, said since the centre opened, they have been at-capacity almost every day. They can allow 10 people inside at a time, she explained, this is the maximum allowed due to COVID-19 restrictions.