A Blessing in Disguise: February 2017 | Red Door Family Shelter

A Blessing in Disguise: February 2017

Dimly-lit hallway in old family shelter

By Kathryn Hill

Demolition day in February 2017 was bittersweet.

The original family shelter building dated from 1958 and was never meant to accommodate over 100 people a day. Called the Neighbourhood House, it had been built by the United Church as a community hub next to their church. It was a church school before becoming a shelter in 1982.

The age and design of the building had affected our ability to provide the safe and restorative environment that families in crisis so badly needed and deserved. After 60 years the building had become depressing, inadequate and over capacity.

“You walk through the shelter and you see women and young children and it pulls at your heartstrings. I’m really excited about giving them much better-quality living conditions.” Chris Harhay, Harhay Developments.

For more information: www.reddoorshelter.ca/building-hope

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