The Doorway - Making Change possible

The Doorway is a direct community response to young people on the street in Calgary choosing to rejoin society. There are significant gaps in what systems say they want to do to help these young people, and what they actually accomplish. In the late 80’s The Doorway was designed to address these gaps. An understanding of the differences between street culture and mainstream culture led to the development of a self-determined strategic planning process to make lasting change.

The Doorway has learned self-determination is key to personal change.

The Doorway is welcoming new participants.
Please visit us to begin planning your way off the street.

The Planning Process


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Help to make change possible

Providing a framework for effective change.

MYPLAN is The Doorway’s software specifically designed to facilitate the planning process. It’s a 24 month commitment of 200 steps focusing on 13 Life categories.
Priorities and choices build the steps to make lasting change.

"No solution can be found until everyone understands the problem" - A Participant.

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I can be honest at Doorway
I can be honest at Doorway

Honesty is critical when working on yourself and therefore is necessary in our MyPlan process. This is why the cash is paid as an incentive when the goal is identified and not as a reward when the goal is complete. We rely on their…

When I remember…
When I remember…

When I remember how amazing & special I am, I feel really good.                 I feel alive, exuberant, energized, powerful.  It’s like nothing —à bothering my mind matters; concerns, worries, ‘things’ not working out. A realization dawns that they…

Building Community by Creating a Sense of Belonging – Conversation w/ Marilyn!
Building Community by Creating a Sense of Belonging – Conversation w/ Marilyn!

As the co-founder and former Executive Director of The Doorway, Marilyn Dyck has spent many years building community and supporting young people in Calgary. She recently sat down with volunteer Dan Kostka to discuss the concept of ‘belonging’ and…

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Looking for us?

Find us by taking the #24 Ogden bus and getting off at the first stop past the Blackfoot Trail overpass – stop #4540

Monday and Tuesday 10 am – 5pm, Wednesday and Thursday: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

We are also offering a distance process to current participants. Please visit for more information. 

Bay 10, 2808 Ogden Road S.E., Calgary, Alberta, T2G4R7

Phone: +1 (403) 269-6658 Fax: 403 269 1207
Participant Text Line: 825 449 4277


Mailing Address Box 46067, Inglewood RPO, Calgary, Alberta, T2G5H7

Charitable Registration Number 13140 1226 RR0001

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