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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 [...]

5 12, 2014

Aurora friends carol for cans

December 5th, 2014|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , , , |

Read the full article at yorkregion.com. Download the print-friendly PDF here. Christmas will come early for the Blue Door Shelter thanks to three Aurora youth. Mckenna Burt, Emily Melissas and Sophia Purcell will be going door-to-door until Dec. 11 dressed in Santa hats and aprons singing a carol in exchange for donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries and gently used clothing for the shelter. Last year, the trio of friends collected 600 items and hopes to surpass the achievement this year. “No matter what age you are, you can make a difference.” “One can of food can make a difference [...]

19 11, 2014

Anne Chery, Blue Doors Volunteer highlighted in City Life Magazine

November 19th, 2014|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , , , , |

Download the print-friendly PDF here. After retiring from a career in health services, Anne Chery, 63, followed in her family’s altruistic footsteps by volunteering her time in the donations room at Blue Door Shelters, a safe haven for women, men and children who are homeless or are at risk of losing their homes. As the only family shelter in York Region, Blue Door had to turn away 5,845 individuals last year due to a lack of available beds, says United Way York Region. What motivated you to become a volunteer? "I grew up in a family where it was just [...]