Chez Doris

Social Service


Chez Doris is a day shelter for women in difficulty located in the west of downtown Montreal. We offer services and programs to provide for women’s most basic and immediate needs related to coping with homelessness, poverty, mental illness and/or addictions.

As Montreal’s only day shelter for women that is open seven days a week, Chez Doris provides services such as meals, access to showers, hygienic products, clothing, emergency food bags, telephone information and referral assistance, a financial management program, an Inuit assistance program, a housing placement program for women experiencing homelessness, weekly health and mental health services, legal and tax services, and educational and socio-recreational integration programs.

Our Impact

Chez Doris’ mission to respond to the needs of women in precarious circumstances by offering a broad range of services in a safe, caring, and nonjudgmental environment, so that every woman may reach her full potential.

Each year, hundreds of vulnerable women who come to Chez Doris find a safe haven and are met with a spirit of inclusion and respect. With over 44 years of experience, Chez Doris is expanding its services to better serve vulnerable and homeless women in Montreal. As of Spring 2022, in addition to its day shelter, Chez Doris will operate an emergency night shelter as well as two permanent residences for women experiencing homelessness. Through these new services, Chez Doris will provide concrete, long term solutions to female homelessness and provide the women we serve with the support they need—no matter where they are on their journey.

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La Fondation du Refuge pour femmes Chez Doris

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How your gift will be used

By donating to Chez Doris in your Will, you’ll be leaving behind a legacy that will make a direct impact on the lives of women in difficulty and ensure that Chez Doris can provide its clientele the support they need for years to come. Your donation can be used towards:

  • The construction or renovation of new service points
  • The operation costs of new service points
  • Our programs and services, including:
    • Day program
    • Emergency program
    • Essential services (meals, clothing, hygiene, crisis intervention)
    • Night services
    • Socio-recreational and educational activities

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