MONTREAL, November 28, 2018 – Chez Doris, a day shelter for women in difficulty, will hold its fourth annual Holiday Craft Fair and Open House on Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 2 – 5 pm.

The fair will feature the sale of various items that have been handmade by the women of Chez Doris, including mittens, slippers, jewelry, greeting cards, candles and traditional Aboriginal crafts. In addition to finding original holiday gifts, the purchase of these crafts will raise funds for the shelter and help to empower the women of Chez Doris who use our shelter to meet their basic needs while receiving psycho-social support in a safe environment. Chez Doris will also have a raffle table with prizes and a Christmas “wish list” tree containing ornaments labelled with our house needs to which guests can contribute directly.

“We are excited to continue holding a holiday fair each year. It has become a tradition to showcase and sell the artisanal works of our clientele.” said Carole Croteau, President of Chez Doris. “The public will have the opportunity to meet and speak with some of our clientele and volunteers who are involved with our programs,” added Executive Director Marina Boulos. “Staff will be on-hand to provide tours of the day center and talk about future projects. Projected for the year 2020 are the launch of an emergency shelter and permanent residence for women”.

DATE: Sunday, December 2, 2018
TIME: 2 – 5 p.m.
WHERE: 1430 Chomedey, Montreal, QC H3H 2A7 (between St. Catherine Street and de Maisonneuve)
MEDIA is invited to schedule interviews anytime from Wednesday to Sunday. Biographies of clients and volunteers available here.

Interview opportunities for the media by appointment:
• Interview with Executive Director, Marina Boulos-Winton
• Interview with two clients of Chez Doris, Laura and Elaine, to find out more about their trajectory
• Interview with two volunteers /donors, Sinthusha and Tina

The public is also encouraged to bring the following highly needed items for its clientele at this time: non-perishable food items, deodorants, boots, and mitts or gloves for the cold weather. Donations are gladly accepted online for Chez Doris’ day shelter.

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 Montreal 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; 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 2018-19 Chez Doris will see 2,000 different women this year and provide more than 42,000 meals. www.chezdoris.org.


To schedule interviews or photo opportunities:
MEDIA RELATIONS: Véronique Arsenault, Communications, Exponentiel Conseil,
Cell.: 514-238-6836, varsenault@exponentielconseil.com

SOURCE: Chez Doris Women’s Shelter Foundation, Marina Boulos-Winton, Executive Director, Cell.: 514-654-7597, marina.boulos@chezdoris.org