Hol­i­day meal at Chez Doris Women's Day Shel­ter

Montreal Times - - News -

This past Wed­nes­day was the an­nual Hol­i­day meal of Chez Doris Women's Day Shel­ter, which wel­comed 300 women to the Evan­gel Church in down­town Mon­treal. In or­der to meet the grow­ing num­ber of women in need, Chez Doris has or­ga­nized two back-to-back hol­i­day par­ties, a lunch and din­ner ser­vice.

Nearly 300 women af­fected by poverty, home­less­ness and/or health and men­tal health prob­lems were served, dur­ing the meal, by po­lice of­fi­cers from Sta­tions 12, 20, and 50 as well as vol­un­teers. They were also ser­e­naded by Mon­treal singer­crooner Matt Mar­dini. Bar­bara Di­abo, a dancer spe­cial­iz­ing in Abo­rig­i­nal dance with hula hoops, pre­sented a daz­zling show that was tainted by her Mo­hawk ori­gins to the women.

The en­ter­tain­ment was of­fered by the ex­tra­or­di­nary show­man Shel­don Ka­gan and his DJ and MC, Guy Trot­tier. To con­clude the event, the foot pa­trol Of­fi­cer Éric Char­bon­neau, from Sta­tion 20 Sec­tor Ville-Marie, lent him­self to the game by dis­guis­ing him­self as Santa to dis­trib­ute gifts. All the women present at the cel­e­bra­tion were able to walk away with a gift card of their choice, a gift box of the Shoe­box Project and choco­lates.

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. Chez Doris’ drop-in pro­gram wel­comes up to 100 women per day. This fis­cal year, Chez Doris will re­ceive more than 2,000 dif­fer­ent women and serve more than 42,000 meals.

From left to right stand­ing up, Al­li­son Lemieux, Floor Team Leader, Felicia Kat­souros, In­take case­worker and Neha Shukla, case­worker for Inuit clien­tele. Sit­ting down, Case­work­ers She­lay Parisand Alan­nah Gib­son.

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