The Comptoir d’entraide de Lachute is closing its doors on June 30. However, as of July 1, 2021, the Godefroy Laviolette insertion companies (EIGL/Recypro) will provide a similar service for the community. EIGL will use the former Comptoir d’entraide location on rue Principale but will move later.

Both donors and purchasers will have the same services as before. EIGL will receive clothing and other donations and will offer them for resale to the Argenteuil community.

EIGL is already well established in the Laurentides region, including in Argenteuil with its Recypro activities. The organization offers people in difficulty an opportunity to work and personalized follow-up services so they can better integrate into long-term employment in the community.

Centraide Laurentides is gradually withdrawing from the operation of comptoirs in all the Laurentides to focus on fundraising. EIGL saw the opportunity to add a second resource centre for all of its socio-professional integration activities.

Centraide Laurentides planned to maintain the comptoir in Lachute until there was a succession plan in place to ensure the service would be permanently provided.

“We have been able to find the right ball carrier to ensure the sustainable sale of clothing and second-hand items,” said Centreaide Laurentides President Serge Paquette.

“We are proud to expand our contribution to the circular economy by adding this new service,” said EIGL President, Danièle Savoie.

Centraide Laurentides met with employees of the Lachute comptoir before the public announcement. Some have been working there for several years. They will be able to count on a pension plan as well as on higher severance allowances than the standards required by law. Centraide Laurentides particularly wishes to recognize the work of Marie-Josée Moffat, manager of the Lachute Comptoir d’entraide for 21 years.

Centraide Laurentides will continue to financially support 12 organizations across MRC d´Argenteuil which help provide essentials and break the isolation of the region’s population.