Sun Youth offers help to people affected by a disaster (fires, floods and other) for the time they need to regain a normal lifestyle. This assistance may include, as appropriate:
- essential goods such as food, new clothes, formula, diapers and others,
- free access to medication and glasses,
- transportation assistance such as public tickets transit and passenger transport,
- social support and other types of services (translation, telephone service, financial aid).
Since the mid-1990s, Sun Youth has responded to major disasters affecting the population here and abroad. This was the case during the floods which occurred in the Saguenay region in 1996 and in Manitoba in 1997, during the Ice Storm of 1998 and, more recently, during the conflict in Lebanon and the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 by helping Canadian nationals who were returning home.
In 1999, Sun Youth took part in the creation of what has become the ROHCMUM (Regroupement des organismes humanitaires et communautaires pour les mesures d’urgence à Montréal), an organization aimed at improving community organizations’ state of readiness should emergency measures be declared in Montreal.
Sun Youth has been caring for people affected by fires, floods, unsanitary conditions and other emergency situations within the City of Montreal from the 1970s and onward. Since 2008, Sun Youth has a service agreement with the City of Montreal, in collaboration with the Red-Cross and the Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal.
The Nissan Canada Foundation and Houle Toyota are leading partners of this program as they provide two vehicles used by the mobile intervention teams.