The Open Door is a drop-in centre providing services to homeless and low-income people in downtown Montreal. The centre provides food and clothing, laundry services, shelter during the day, counselling, referrals to professional mental health and drug addiction counsellors, and employment assistance. The Open Door also helps its clients obtain medical assistance, free prescription eyeglasses, haircuts, and assistance in coping with gambling, alcohol or substance abuse.

The Open Door has become a beacon of light and hope to many of its visitors. One-third of the homeless people who regularly attend The Open Door move off the street into a room, an apartment or a mission. Many clients develop a strong sense of community and belonging; they support and encourage each other, and often volunteer to help clean up "their" drop-in centre. Through their interaction with staff and volunteers, clients begin to feel that somebody really cares for them, and they find the dignity, friendship and hope they need to begin rebuilding their lives.
A story from the Open Door...
Bicycles from Right to Move

Ed and CalebEd (left) from Right to Move and Caleb (right), director of The Open Door, with a repaired bicycle donated to The Open Door by Right to Move.

Over the past year, Right to Move has provided eight bicycles, ten bicycle locks, and basic bicycle repair tools to The Open Door. The bicycles and locks are in turn given by The Open Door to homeless or low-income people in need of a means of transporation. Additional locks are kept on the premises of The Open Door for people to lock up their bicycles while they are at the drop-in centre.

Our thanks to Right to Move for putting into practice their belief that bicycles are a form of transportation that should be available to all!
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