The ACDQ encourages its members to become involved in humanitarian activities in their community and supports them in these endeavours. That is why it calls on them to provide free care to Auberges du cœur residents, young people without access to public or private dental care as a result of their living conditions.
The Auberges du cœur are community organizations that provide accommodation to young people aged 12 to 30 who are in difficult situations. Twenty-nine hostels located in 10 different regions of Quebec offer a place to stay and assistance from qualified personnel 365 days a year. In addition to receiving food and board, the young people receive training in civics and managing daily life. They are also prepared for their return to family life or living in their own home, receive information, orientation and referrals, and participate in activities designed to encourage them to go back to school or enter the job market. For over 40 years, these youth hostels have helped rebuild lives. But to do so, they need generous donors.
In 2020, participating dentists treated 41 young people aged 14 to 30 free of charge. The dental care provided over the course of more than 100 visits was valued at over $39,000.