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