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Since 1982, Blue Door Shelters, a not-for-profit registered charitable agency governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, has been an integral part of our community providing emergency shelter for the homeless population of York Region. As the region has grown, so too have the services of our organization. Initiated as a shelter for single men, Blue Door Shelters has expanded to include emergency shelter programs for families and youth.
Follow Blue Door Shelter’s growth as we begin as a small community shelter to our present capacity as the largest shelter operator in York Region.
Porter Place begins its work at Yonge Street and William Roe, the only men’s emergency hostel in York Region. Porter Place is now currently located at our East Gwillimbury location and still remains the only permanent emergency shelter for men in York Region.
Burns Place opened its doors. Burns Place was a home for young men who were interested in upgrading their employment skills (first Youth Shelter).
Agency Name is changed to Men’s Support Service of York Region. This name change unified the two programs: Burn’s Place and Porter Place.
Growth and expansion warrants a name change to Transitional and Supportive Housing Services of York Region. This name was reflective of the additional services provided to clients.
Leeder Place Family Shelter opened in a farm house at the East Gwillimbury location. This farmhouse was attached to the current Porter Place building. Leeder Place remains the first and only emergency family shelter in York Region.
York Region Youth Shelter opened at their current location on Gorham street, which replaced Burn’s Place. The Youth Shelter offers a holistic environment to support clients with various life goals including schooling, employment, family reunification etc.
The Agency makes its final transformation to Blue Door Shelters, operating three, no fee emergency shelters for families, men, and youth. Blue Door Shelters is the largest shelter operator in York Region and supports everybody from newborns to seniors.
Leeder Place moved into a brand new facility with 60 beds, tripling its former capacity to support families between homes in York Region. This growth was critical for many families as Leeder’s former building was regularly at maximum capacity.
The Housing to Health Program (H2H) is born. It is a Housing First program that provides comprehensive services for individuals experiencing chronic and episodic homelessness in York Region. The program is led by the collaborative efforts of Blue Door, LOFT crosslinks Housing & Support Services and the Krasman Centre, and participants are supported by many other York Region agencies.
For more than 35 years, Blue Door Shelters has opened doors to families, youth, women and men without a safe place to stay. We’re more than a bed. At Blue Door, we offer a wide variety of additional services that help people transition to permanent housing, to move on with their lives. Homelessness can happen to anyone. Blue Door is here to help.