How you can help | Red Door Family Shelter

How you can help

Why do we need your help?

The new family shelter is being built by Harhay Developments for the City of Toronto who will lease it to the Red Door Family Shelter for a nominal annual fee.

We need to raise $3M to equip, furnish and provide resident services at the new family shelter.

How much has been raised to date?

Thanks to the generosity of kind donors, including individuals, community groups, foundations and corporations, we have raised over $2.7M towards our $3M goal in gifts and pledges. With your help, we will be able to reach our goal.

What are the benefits of donating to the Community of Hope campaign?

Unless you choose to donate anonymously, all donors are eligible for recognition on our website and in our annual report. Anyone who donates $5,000 or more is eligible to have their name on our Donor Feature at the new shelter, and donors of $25,000 and above are eligible for specific naming opportunities. Please see our Case for Support for more details.

Why is the family shelter being replaced?

The former owner of the building where the shelter had been located for over 30 years left the property in receivership and it was purchased by Harhay Developments. Harhay Developments is building a new shelter on the site as part of a mixed-use development that will also include retail space and condominiums.

How are families being supported while the shelter is being rebuilt?

The family shelter has moved to a temporary location so that there is no loss in service for homeless families.

Will there be any change in the number of families you serve?

There will be a small decrease in the number of beds, from 106 to 94, so that for the first time each family can have their own bedroom and washroom. Working with the City of Toronto the Red Door will also have access to up to 12 housing allowances to assist clients with transitional housing options.

How will it change the experience for the families who go to the Red Door Shelter?

The new family shelter will be a huge improvement for residents because unrelated families will no longer have to share bedrooms and washrooms. There will also be improved space for programs that residents can access to help them heal together and achieve their goal of independence.

For full details, please read our Case for Support.