A Legacy of Service – The First Red Door | Red Door Family Shelter

A Legacy of Service – The First Red Door

By Kathryn Hill

The Red Door is proud to continue a legacy of service by Rev. Ray McCleary. Upon his arrival in the neighbourhood in the 1930s he promptly painted his front door red as a beacon of hope and sanctuary for those in need. He said: “It was the depths of the depression, and people were so dispirited they needed something to cheer them up. Well, that door sure gave them something to talk about.” It was Rev. McCleary who opened a Neighbourhood House next to the church in 1958, later the site of our family shelter from 1982.

Read more about his legacy here: https://www.reddoorshelter.ca/building-hope/history

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