About | Red Door Family Shelter


A home is security and comfort, a sense of belonging. Everyone deserves a place of refuge.”  Red Door Supporter

Behind the Red Door

The Red Door has been on the front lines of delivering support services to homeless families and abused women in Toronto and the GTA since 1982. Each year we provide emergency housing and related support services to over 500 families through 156 beds at two sites in Toronto.

Challenging the Status Quo

The 60 year-old building that houses the Red Door Family Shelter was never meant to accommodate over 100 people a day.  The current state affects our ability to provide the safe and restorative environment that families in crisis so badly need.

  • 43 families stay at the family shelter every night, yet we only have 23 bedrooms
  • Inadequate quiet space for children to do their homework
  • Lack of communal space for support programs
  • Front entrance is on the main street so residents’ comings and goings are easily observed
  • The building is old, institutional and depressing
  • Lack of natural light, peeling paint, poor air circulation and boiler many years past its life cycle
  • In short, the family shelter is dilapidated, insecure, and over capacity

Be the key to a bright future. We need your support!

Building a Community of Hope

We have exciting plans to help transform the lives of homeless families by delivering high-quality support services in a new purpose-built family shelter that will replace our aging and inadequate facility. Construction is expected to start in late 2016 and be completed in late 2018.

  • Functional and accessible
  • Plenty of natural light and feels like a welcoming refuge
  • Sanctuary of a lockable bedroom for each family
  • Dedicated children’s programming space
  • Secure and safe outdoor playground
  • Secure building access system and front entrance on the side street
  • First purpose-built family shelter to be part of a mixed-use development in Toronto

Your support of the Red Door is an investment in help and hope for those who need it most. We are calling on the community to support our fundraising campaign to raise $3 million for equipment, furnishings and resident services at the new shelter.