Save the Red Door Campaign | Red Door Family Shelter

Save the Red Door Campaign

Since the launch of our Save the Red Door Campaign in March we have received an incredible outpouring of community support to help us keep our doors open at 875 Queen St.  Local residents, community leaders and politicians have all stepped forward and taken actions which are beginning to turn the tide in our struggle.

Because of a legal dispute, the building that houses our long-term home was put into receivership.  Developers have bid on the property, placing our future in jeopardy.  But with the incredible groundswell of support behind us the Red Door now has a voice and is a force to be reckoned with.

There are nearly 50,000 signatures on our petition to date and we have gotten the attention of key stakeholders.  At our last community meeting, former Mayor David Crombie joined our fight, and is heading a leadership team who are reaching out to all levels of government for support.

On May 22nd, Councillor Paula Fletcher put forth a motion at the Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting to commit the City to work towards a solution for Red Door.  The motion passed unanimously.  This was a key step forward.  The next step will be to gain full support from City Council at their June 10th/11th meeting.

Our successes so far are truly thanks to supporters like you. We are very grateful for your support in this fight and we look forward to sharing more good news with you soon.

Many local residents are standing behind Red Door Hundreds of supporters gathered at Ralph Thornton Centre for our Emergency Meeting

With warm thanks,

Bernnitta Hawkins
Executive Director
Red Door Family Shelter





Help Save the Red Door

Together we’ve made great progress but we need to keep the pressure on the key decision makers:

  1. We need your councillor’s support of the motion to work towards a solution for Red Door.  Please phone your councillor and ask for their commitment on this upcoming motion.  Key points to address:

    • The Red Door is a critical service for our city, helping over 600 homeless families each year
    • A refuge for homeless families is more important than condos.
    • The Red Door needs your support to keep their doors open at 875 Queen St. East
    • On June 10th/11th, please support Councillor Paula Fletcher's motion to Save Red Door

    Click here to find your city councilors' contact information

  2. We need to reach 50,000 petition signatures before the June 10th/11th Council meeting.  Please sign our   online petition and share widely with your contacts:
  3. Donate to support our campaign at


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