Assisting Families, Refugees and Women Who Are Fleeing Violence
Since 1982, the Red Door has provided services for families and individuals who need safe and supportive emergency shelter. In the early 80's there was only one other shelter operating in Toronto. Responding to the growing need for shelter space for homeless families, the Red Door was opened in the basement of the Woodgreen United Church by a group of volunteers. We have now grown to be one of the largest family shelters in the city, providing shelter and support to over 500 families every year.
Many people can find themselves in desperate need. These include women who are fleeing violence at home, families who are evicted, refugees, or young mothers who may have nowhere to go.
Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness
A dedicated and caring staff team addresses the particular needs of families in crisis. The services provided reduce the impact of homelessness by providing safe and supportive shelter to hundreds of families each year. We help keep families together by providing services for the whole family. We assist each family in establishing a stable life beyond the shelter.
Families come to the Shelter through a referral from agencies such as Children’s Aid Societies, Public Health Department, Police Services, other shelters, through word of mouth upon the advice of friends. Within approximately three months most families are re-established back to independent living. Individual circumstances and needs determine the length of stay; some families stay overnight while others live at the Shelter for as long as six months.
Red Door Family Shelter is a non-profit registered charity serving the GTA with 156 beds in two locations. The City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario provide the basic operations funding. Donations and private fundraising allow us to present programs for our residents that go beyond food and shelter; programs that make life a little easier while at the Red Door and that offer tools to achieve long-term objectives.
Why are we called the Red Door?
As the congregation of the Woodgreen United Church was preparing space for the December 1982 opening, someone asked, “What name will we give to the Shelter?”
Someone remembered that the minister during the depression of the 1930’s painted the church doors red, and they became a symbol of hope and help, then and today.
For over 30 years, the Red Door Family Shelter has continued to provide hope and help for the thousands of families that have come through its red doors.
Download a copy of our latest annual report:
Annual Report 2012/2013
Click on any of the links below to view our past annual reports:
Annual Report 2011/2012
Annual Report 2010/2011
Annual Report 2009/2010
Annual Report 2008/2009
Annual Report 2007/2008
Annual Report 2006/2007
Audited Financial Statements
2012 Audited Financial Statements *New
2011 Audited Financial statements
2010 Audited Financial statements
You may also view our Registered Charity Information Returns through the Canada Revenue Agency website by clicking here.