Howard gives back to Blue Door Shelters Porter Place men's shelter

Former Porter Place client Howard gives back to Blue Door Shelters after moving on from our organization. Howard lovingly arranges seasonal plants in front of Porter Place (Men’s Shelter) every spring and fall for the last few years. Staff and current clients appreciate the visual token of appreciation every time they walk through our blue doors. Thank you Howard for this beautiful gesture!

Left to Right: Howard (Former Client), Liuda, and Lynée

Luis at Blue Door Shelters

Luis came to Blue Door Shelters after a struggle with cancer left him unable to work. Luis was consistently working in a skilled trade before diagnosed with cancer. At times, he held two jobs and would even have to turn down work. Despite being able to successfully raise his children and support his family, he suddenly found himself in a position of vulnerability. Regardless of his misfortune, David stayed positive. He expressed appreciation for the support that Blue Door Shelters staff provided, encouraging him to concentrate on his cancer treatments during his stay. Additionally, with the help of the Blue Door Shelters residential counsellors and our housing worker, David was able to secure permanent housing. We are pleased to say that his health has since improved, and he has accepted a job offer from his former employer.

Family story

The Johnsons and sons, ages 14 and 17, were well established in York Region, until mom lost her job of ten years in a company downsize. Dad worked in auto parts manufacturing, but his income was not enough to pay the rent on the apartment the family had occupied for five years. With no other option, they turned to Blue Door Shelters. Despite their misfortune, the Johnsons did their best to sustain their family, ensuring the kids attended the same school and their grades did not suffer. Their sons never missed a baseball team practice or game. With help from shelter residential counsellors and a housing worker, after 5 weeks the Johnsons secured safe and affordable housing in their old neighbourhood.