Chez Doris women's day shelter opens doors to public for the first time

MONTREAL, Dec. 4, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 & SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, Chez Doris a day shelter for women, located at 1430 Chomedey Street in Montreal will host its first ever open house for the public.  A year ago, the public rallied behind Chez Doris to provide its financial support so that it may re-open its weekend services.  While it is back on its feet, financial support from the community is needed on an on-going basis.   

During the open house, caseworkers will discuss our many programs including our financial administration program and services for the Inuit community, which includes visitation services at a detention center.  As well, on display will be the "Where Do You Sleep?" exhibition held at City Hall last November.  The exhibit will feature eight photographers varying works which explores their visions of homelessness. The photography intimately delves into the world of living on the edge while maintaining an aesthetic balance for a gallery quality exhibition. Each photographer provided two original images representing the given theme. These gallery quality prints will be available for purchase, with the proceeds being donated to Chez Doris.     

Visitors are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or other necessities and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and take a tour of Chez Doris by one of its caseworkers. Mittens and other items made by the ladies of Chez Doris will also be sold.  Our Christmas tree will be adorned with ornaments each of which will include a woman's wish to be fulfilled.  All proceeds collected from the photos and arts & craft projects will support Chez Doris' Christmas festivities, New Year's brunch and other programs for its clientele.

ABOUT CHEZ DORIS:  Founded in 1977, Chez Doris is a day shelter for women in difficulty. Its drop-in program offers a safe environment for up to 100 women per day.  It is open seven days a week from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM or until 4:00 PM in the fall and winter, and its services include: breakfast and lunch; access to showers, hygienic products and a clothing room; emergency food bags; 6 respite beds; telephone information and referral assistance; custodial services and a financial management program; an Inuit assistance program; an aboriginal housing placement service; health and mental health services; legal services; as well as educational and socio-recreational programs.

For more information, call 514-937-2341 ext 225 or go to


SOURCE Chez Doris Women's Shelter Foundation

For further information: For media inquiries: Call Nivine Morcos, Communications Volunteer 514-554-0833; Marina Boulos, Executive Director 514-654-7597


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