With Montreal in the midst of its coldest week in recent memory, Aki Tchitacov, BA’82, has his work cut out for him.
Tchitacov is the executive director of Dans la rue, an organization devoted to helping street youth. Since 1988, the grassroots operation, founded by Father Emmett Johns, DLitt’04, has worked to provide homeless youth with food and shelter, along with a host of services aimed at helping them situate themselves in society.
“Life on the streets is tough,” Tchitacov says. “What we do is provide an alternative resource for kids who have been marginalized and fallen through the cracks, so that we can help them break the cycle, become self-sufficient and take control of their lives.”