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2 11, 2017

Housing to Health helps clients turn place to live into a home

November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Articles|

York Region program provides participants with supports to help keep them housed. By CAMILLA CORNELL Special to the Star Sat., Oct. 28, 2017 There are always places to go when you’re homeless. The problem: They generally limit how long you can bunk there. And sometimes you don’t really want to stick around. “There are usually a lotta guys in the room with stinky feet,” says Tim McGrail, 54, who has spent his share of time in and out of shelters, mainly in downtown Toronto, as well as on couches at friends’ apartments, and even sleeping outdoors. “I slept on park benches before [...]

18 10, 2017

Newmarket youth shelter named after ‘privileged white guy’

October 18th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Interviews, Updates|

Sep 25, 2017 by Lisa Queen  Newmarket Era With his parents welcoming about 100 foster children into their home as he was growing up, Kevin Kennedy has always been aware of the struggles facing vulnerable youngsters. It’s that understanding that inspired his career in social work. While at Seneca College in 1989, he did a placement with Blue Door Shelters, then called Men’s Support Services. From that placement, he worked his way up from counsellor to assistant manager to program manager, always advocating for York Region’s often invisible homeless population. When he returned to Seneca as a teacher, now serving as program co-ordinator [...]

16 02, 2017

Renoir Retirement residents raise money for Blue Door Shelters

February 16th, 2017|Categories: Articles|

Renoir Retirement residents raise $1,000 for local charities Renoir Retirement resident Gloria Couves (left), Amanda Palermo and Barb Lathour of Blue Door Shelters and fellow resident Jim Stanton celebrate the contributions raised by residents to donate to charitable organizations. Newmarket Era By Gloria Couves When we hear the words “retirement home”, we often think of inactive seniors. However, this is not the case of the residents of The Renoir Retirement Residence. Each year, the residents work tirelessly to raise funds for, and assist local agencies in, bringing a better life to others. This year, the residents held an annual Bazaar [...]

6 01, 2017

VIEW FROM QUEEN’S PARK: Happy New Year!

January 6th, 2017|Categories: Articles|

By Chris Ballard, MPP Newmarket-Aurora From my family to yours, I hope 2017 is a great year for you. I hope you can join me for my New Year’s Levee on January 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the newly renovated Newmarket Old Town Hall, 460 Botsford Street. The end of year and the beginning of a new one always prompts me to take stock on all that happened. As I consider 2016 and think about the year ahead, I continue to realize what an amazing community we live in. For example, I recently attended the annual Battle [...]

11 04, 2016

Homelessness can be solved, Blue Door Shelter director says

April 11th, 2016|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Download the print-friendly PDF here. Reporter: Chris Simon Newmarket Era | Apr 08, 2016 An anti-poverty strategy that is gaining traction in other jurisdictions may be the key to solving local homelessness, says the executive director of Blue Door Shelters. Radha Bhardwaj, who runs the East Gwillimbury-based shelter for homeless or at-risk people, was pushing for a greater exploration of the Housing First initiative for York Region, during a presentation at the Newmarket Public Library Sunday. Basically, Housing First focuses on quickly finding independent and permanent housing for homeless people, then providing additional social supports and services as needed. It [...]