Our Story

In the early years, Dans la rue developed thanks to the vision and tireless work of our founder, Father Emmett Johns (Pops). Over the years, more and more people recognized the importance of Pops’ mission and supported Dans la rue with their time and donations. Dans la rue has grown into a multi-disciplinary team of skilled professionals and dedicated volunteers, all commited to fulfilling Pops’ vision of helping youth survive the streets and get back on their feet.

1988

Father Emmett Johns buys a used Winnebago with a $10,000 personal loan to get help to the youth where they need it most: on the street

1989
Board of directors of Dans la rue formed

1990
The first motorhome is replaced with a new Winnebago donated the Rotary Club. The motorhome becomes know as “the Van”

1993
The Bunker, Montreal’s largest overnight shelter for underage youth, opens

1995
The Bunker undergoes renovations

Dans la rue acquires a truck to help collect donated food and clothing

1997

The Chez Pops day centre where kids can come to have a hot meal, talk to counselors and take classes is opened

1998
Purchase of a brand new custom-made motorhome (van)

2001
The Day Centre needs more space. The Dans la rue administration office moves to a new location

2003
Dans la rue purchases the “Bunker” building from the City of Montreal and proceeds with major renovations

2013
Launch of the album Inspire

2014
Opening of 17 apartments with community support

2016
Launch of the album Pops Culture