This past Sunday the Doris Homeless held a Tea Time fundraiser, hosted by the Doris Homeless Shelter at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal. More than 300 people attended this 10th annual fundraiser. During the event, Chez Doris paid tribute to the generosity of one of its major partners, Hockey helps the homeless. Their donations helped build the restroom and bathrooms in the current building at 1430 Chomedey Street.
Marina Boulos-Winton, Executive Director of Chez Doris, also took the opportunity to present plans for the new Chez Doris night center. A new project that will help relieve congestion in other Île-de-Montréal night center. As you certainly know, resources for homeless women are in shortage compared to men. Moreover, with a travelling population of 23% women, the needs are becoming more and more obvious.
A silent auction took place during the afternoon and it is more than $ 40,000 (total count to come) that has been collected. This money will be used to fund shelter services that fight poverty, homelessness and mental illness.
About Hockey Helps the Homeless: Hockey Helps the Homeless (HHTH) leverages Canada’s affinity for hockey to raise awareness and financial support for the homeless through education, fundraising and by partnering with local agencies which help the homeless. HHTH hosts hockey tournaments across Canada where players raise funds that make a direct impact in their own community. Montreal has one of the largest annual tournaments and has raised $1.836 million since 2014 and has steadfastly supported Chez Doris over the years.
About Chez Doris: Chez Doris offers services and programs to provide for women’s most basic and immediate needs related to coping with homelessness, poverty, mental illness and/or addictions. It is the only women’s day shelter in Montréal open 7 days a week, from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Services include: breakfast and lunch; access to showers, hygienic products, and a clothing depot; 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 program; health and mental health services; legal & tax filing services; as well as educational and socio-recreational integration programs. In 2018-2019 Chez Doris received more than 30,000 visits from approximately 2,000 different women and served close to 40,000 meals. www.chezdoris.org