January 28, 2018
This past weekend, hundreds of Montrealers gathered downtown at Saint Patrick’s Basilica to celebrate the life and legacy of Father Emmett ‘Pops’ Johns, founder of Dans la rue, the co-lead organization for ACCESS OM-RIPAJ.
In 1988, at the age of 60 and after decades serving as a parish priest, Father Johns felt called to reach out to Montreal’s homeless youth. He took to the streets in a used motor home, offering warm food and a sympathetic ear to hundreds of street youth.
Dans la rue’s mission remains strongly rooted in Pops’ philosophy of dedication, empathy, and respect. His enduring legacy is one of acceptance without judgement, and this legacy will continue to inspire and to guide the staff and volunteers at Dans la rue as they carry on his important work.
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