There will be significant construction taking place at Chez Doris to replace its foundation walls. The work will begin on August 7, 2017, for a period of approximately 12 weeks.

The lane south of 1430 Chomedey, which is along our building will be condemned during this period. It will not be possible to drive or park in this portion of the lane.

Due to years of water seepage, Chez Doris will replace its foundation walls on the south side of its original building in order to stabilize its structural integrity. The entire masonry (both above and below ground) will be replaced with a poured concrete wall, a French drain will be installed as well as a membrane to protect all the walls along the building. Other work will include re-bricking an alley wall, as well as renovating our clothing room and hygiene storage room considering that they will be entirely dismantled during the construction.

Moreover, because certain dates will involve moving electrical panels, sawing and drilling cement, and digging trenches, we will be closed on the following dates:

Wednesday, August 9 (electricity will be cut-off)
Monday, August 21 to Friday, August 25 (complete closure)
Monday, September 4 (statutory holiday)
Tuesday, September 5 to Friday, September 8 (complete closure except for administrative offices)
Monday, September 25 * (tentative date for electricity to be cut-off)

Our clientele will be directed to other resources for meals and clothing on the dates we will be closed.

In view of the construction, our storage space will be very limited.  Until October 28, during its days of operation, including weekends, from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, only the following donations will be accepted: Perishable and non-perishable foods, bras, underwear, pull-up adult diapers, socks, towels, and 100% wool sweaters (to be converted into mittens). PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE BAGS ON OUR FRONT STEPS OR IN THE BACK YARD.

Monetary donations will be accepted by mail or via its web site at or may be dropped off at the reception on days it will be open. Our Aboriginal Housing Program will continue to pick-up donations of pre-selected furniture by appointment-only to be directly delivered to apartments for our newly housed, indigenous clientele.
Following October 28, we will once again accept donations of seasonal clothing, hygienic products, and housewares. We will notify you of the exact date.

If you have any questions, please contact Marina Boulos-Winton, Executive Director of Chez Doris, at: 514 937-2341 ext. 225 or by e-mail at

Thanks for your understanding and support!

* Dates are subject to change