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24 02, 2015

Blue Door’s Kevin Kennedy Receives 2014 Doug E. Lear Award

February 24th, 2015|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , |

Read the full article at United Way Toronto & York Region. Download the print-friendly PDF here. The Doug E. Lear Award, sponsored by Allstate Canada, is handed out annually at United Way of York Region’s Spirit Awards ceremony during our signature Celebration event. In memory of a dedicated and exemplary community volunteer and long-time Allstate Executive Doug E. Lear, this award honours a volunteer in our region who best exemplifies service to the community in the Human Services field. This year’s Doug E. Lear Award has been given to a man who has devoted much of his life to supporting [...]

23 02, 2015

Charities get ready for the spotlight at next week’s Blues Bash

February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , |

Read the full article at the Auroran. Download the print-friendly PDF here. Blue Door Shelters would love to be able to put up an “out of business” sign, but the sad truth is reality will not let that dream come to pass. The non-profit, which operates shelters for youth, men and families across York Region is one of two charities to benefit from this year’s Aurora Winter Blues Festival, which kicks off next Thursday, February 19, with the Blues Bash at the Aurora Cultural Centre. The Blues Bash is a way to showcase not only up and coming talent, as [...]

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 [...]

22 10, 2014

York Region Youth Shelter celebrates ‘new look’ with open house

October 22nd, 2014|Categories: Articles, Updates|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Read the full article at United Way Toronto & York Region. Download the print-friendly PDF here. On August 14th, representatives from United Way York Region joined community partners, and staff of York Region Youth Shelter as they collectively celebrated International Youth Day by unveiling the shelter’s newly renovated space. “York Region Youth Shelter is located in a building that is around 100 years old,” states Alex Cheng, Shelter Manager, York Region Youth Shelter, Blue Door Shelters. “Our kitchen desperately needed some updates when it came to flooring, and for the convenience of our residents, the common room needed a sink [...]