Chez Doris

  • Front entrance at Chez Doris located in the heart of downtown Montréal, two blocks east of Atwater between Saint Catherine and de Maisonneuve Streets.

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  • Chez Doris provides two nutritional meals each day (breakfast and lunch).

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  • Storage room for free hygiene products.

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  • The clothing room provides women access to appropriate seasonal clothing by appointment.

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  • The medical clinic is certified by the Collège des médecins du Québec and affiliated with the Herzl Clinic of the Jewish General Hospital.

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  • Spa Day at Chez Doris with an Arbonne beauty consultant.

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  • Inuit collective kitchen every Friday at noon.

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BY THE NUMBERS

Daytime shelter for women in difficulty open 7 days a week, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Annually, over 1,600 women are helped and 35,000 meals are served

4,000 visits to the clothing room, 1,000 showers, and more than 100 appointments with a health professional, every year

A Place to Feel Safe and Supported

Doris was a homeless woman who struggled to survive on the streets of Montréal and ultimately fell victim to a brutal murder in 1974. In her memory, Chez Doris was founded in 1977, inspired by a simple statement she gave to a social worker. Shortly before she died, Doris was asked what would benefit women like her living on the streets. Her reply: “A place to go without prying eyes and too many questions.”

Today, more than 1,600 women per year benefit from its services seven days a week from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm. Beyond physical comforts, Chez Doris and its community of staff, interns and volunteers seek to make the women feel safe and supported and provide practical, problem-solving assistance. They also offer other services to address mental illness and addiction. Chez Doris also supports a growing number of Aboriginal women who are in vulnerable situations or are homeless, making up 20% of its clientele.

Power Corporation is pleased to support the invaluable and essential work of the team at Chez Doris which consistently brings creative and compassionate approaches to provide vital services for homeless women in Montréal

We support Chez Doris precisely because the need to help and protect these vulnerable women is so evident.
Delia Cristea
General Counsel
Power Sustainable Capital Inc.

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