Behind the Red Door | Red Door Family Shelter

Behind the Red Door

A Holiday Message from Ann Elliott, President and Chair

“If one has courage, nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” -Maya Angelou

To truly know the meaning of courage, you have to look into the eyes of a mom who is being sheltered from domestic violence at the Red Door Shelter.

This mom knows the depths of despair. This mom knows the strength it takes to flee from an abuser. This mom knows how hard it is to leave everything behind to be safe, and to heal and start a new life. Most of us can't even imagine it.

A Holiday Message from our President and Chair

Hope.  It's what gives us the courage to move forward.  Hope for ourselves.  Hope for our children.  Hope for the future.

It's difficult to imagine what so many moms and children at the Red Door have been through; being evicted and forced out into the cold, fleeing abuse at the hands of a partner, or escaping violence in their home country.

No matter the circumstances, the Red Door offers a place where hope can thrive.

Every kid has the right to a childhood

I’m sure you agree that every kid has the right to a childhood - to make friends, to learn, and to grow.  A healthy childhood is the foundation of a successful future.

But it's hard to have a childhood when you are homeless.  Your whole world stops. You feel helpless, confused, and afraid. To be a normal kid seems a world away.  

Ashley remembers the day she and her mom were evicted.

Will you be there for kids like Stephen?

Stephen was only 6 when he first saw his mom and aunt being beaten at home.

He remembers the time his aunt was left hospitalized and the police became involved. They were provided with a safe place to go, but were pursued by his mom’s abuser. 

Stephen spent the next two years as a child moving between shelters with his mom, sister and aunt.

“I remember waiting in a bus shelter in the middle of the night with all of our clothes in garbage bags, not knowing where we were heading next.” 

Read about how your support made a difference in our 2016 Annual Report

Our 2016 Annual Report is available. This report summarizes our operations and finances for the period April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016.

Thanks to your support we were able to provide shelter and support for 494 families in total. 237 families sought emergency shelter, and 257 families were helped to remain housed after leaving the shelter and moving back into the community.