I’m not one to sign (or ask others to sign) petitions – online or otherwise. I’m not sure why, maybe it’s information-request overload or trying to maintain some semblance of privacy. Recently, though, I learned about the Save the Red Door campaign and I knew it would be something I’d want to participate in.

The Red Door Family Shelter has been helping families and individuals who need safe and supportive emergency shelter since 1982. I volunteered with various departments within the organization throughout 2013 and was able to see first-hand the amazing work they do in helping people get back on their feet. The Save the Red Door campaign is centered around the building at 875 Queen Street East here in Toronto. This building houses the shelter’s long-term home and has been put into receivership. It is now being bid on by condo developers which has put the future of the shelter at risk.

Understandably, the Red Door Family Shelter would like to stay in their current dwellings as they provide 106 beds to those in need. There are several ways to help get involved:

  1. Call your city councillor or send an email to the receiver and prospective developer.
  2. Sign the online petition.
  3. Get involved – email the Shelter to let them know you’d like to help spread the word.
  4. Donate.

Volunteering at the Red Door Family Shelter was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had. It would be a shame to see the people it helps displaced because of a new condo development. Get involved today and help save the Red Door.