Former shelter residents respond to news of possible closure: March 2014 | Red Door Family Shelter

Former shelter residents respond to news of possible closure: March 2014

Kozeta Izeti, former shelter resident, speaking at podium

by Kathryn Hill

When news of the possible closure of the Red Door's family shelter became public, former residents of the shelter spoke out.

Olay teared up as she said: “When I came to Canada I had no one. But the Red Door Shelter took me in. They are my family, like my mother to me. They made me believe that anything I could dream, I could achieve. I would not be here today without them. It pains me, like a death in the family, the death of my mother, to think Red Door might not be here on Queen St. to help others.”

Kozeta was shocked: “I never thought that red door would not have a permanent home for themselves when they gave a home to so many other people. I cannot put it in words how much help and support and direction that Red Door shelter gave to us.”

Stephen spoke passionately about the need to take action: “We need to choose to be the village that raises a child with love and dignity. The Red Door did that for me and I’m a better person for it and I think the city’s better for it as well.”

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

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