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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It takes great effort – Volunteer Story
It takes great effort – Volunteer Story

Changing one’s beliefs is never an easy task. Vast amounts of research attests to the fact that most of what a person believes to be true is set within his/her mind by the time he/she is seven years of…

I Can Hardly Believe it.
I Can Hardly Believe it.

Over the decades this story has been consistently shared by participants. We know the cash incentive gets participants through our door and keeps them coming back, but it is their desire for change that drives them to places they…

Greetings from our Interim Executive Director
Greetings from our Interim Executive Director

I am delighted to take on the role of Interim Executive Director at The Doorway. For me it feels familiar, as I worked with Marilyn, the staff and Board a few years ago as a consultant. During that project,…

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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 #4506

Our space is temporarily closed until further notice but are offering a distance process to current participants.
Please visit for more information. 

Our Traditional Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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

Phone: +1 (403) 269-6658 Fax: 403 269 1207


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

Charitable Registration Number 13140 1226 RR0001

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