Mental Health and Addictions Service

Supporting Transitions and Recovery (STAR) Learning Centre

STAR Learning Centre teamThe STAR Learning Centre is the first initiative of St. Michael’s new Louis L. Odette Family Urban Angel Fund for Homeless People. The program has been established to help people transition from homelessness to housing in as smooth a manner as possible.

This program provides a safe and welcoming environment that helps people discover or rediscover activities that are meaningful to them. It also provides opportunities for people to develop the skills they need to secure or maintain stable housing.

STAR has partnered with community organizations to offer a range of free classes from skills training to arts-based recreation. The classes are designed to support people as they make the transition to housing and work to recover their mental health. STAR is located within the CRC at 40 Oak St.

At STAR, people are participants in their recovery, not patients.

Lessons from the streets: Three decades caring for Boston’s rough sleepers

Dr. James O'ConnellSTAR Learning Centre is happy to host the 4th annual Louis L. Odette Family Urban Angel Fund for Homeless People Lecture with keynote speaker Dr. James O'Connell. He is the founding physician and president of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and is currently an assistant professor of Medicine with Harvard Medical School. 

With years of experience, multiple impactful accomplishments in this field and a passion to help those in need, Dr. O’Connell will be speaking with us about the insights found in his book Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor. Please join us on Tuesday October 10 to hear his talk, Lessons from the streets: Three decades caring for Boston’s rough sleepers.

More details information about this event and Dr. James O’Connell. Please feel free to circulate widely among your networks.

To RSVP, please contact STAR or visit:

Urban Angel Fund Annual Lecture 2016

No Direction Home? Addiction, Mental illness and Homelessness from a social perspective.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gabor Maté
Author, professor, co-founder of Compassion for Addiction

Contact us

If you or someone you know is currently homeless, or making the transition from homelessness to housing and is interested in recovery-focused learning opportunities, please email us at or call 647-302-STAR (7827) or toll-free at 1-855-592-STAR (7827).