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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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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Back Talk 1989: Job Talk
Back Talk 1989: Job Talk

The following is a submission retrieved from a 1989 BackTalk Publication, a newsletter published by The Back Door (now The Doorway). When we read through our 30 year Archives, it is sometimes sad and frustrating how little has changed…

If we all did the things we are really capable of…
If we all did the things we are really capable of…

‘If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.’ Thomas Edison Perhaps most people will resonate with this statement as a truth in their experience. Or maybe it will be a…

When we Listen…
When we Listen…

When we listen to how young people at The Doorway speak to each other – we hear how they want to be spoken to.

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Find us by taking the #24 Ogden bus and getting off at the first stop past the Blackfoot Trail overpass – stop #4506

Our 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

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