"Doors of Hope"

- October 06, 2013 06:00AM

Scotiabank Plaza
234 Bloor St West

The Doors of Hope project grew out of an initiative during the 100th Anniversary of Catholic Charities.Students in Catholic Schools in the Toronto, Dufferin-Peel, York and Durham Catholic School Boards were endouraged to visit one of the member agencies of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto.

Each door has been transformed to become a unique canvas of art offering students both an authentic learning experience, and the opportunity to express their special point-of-view on the meaning of "Hope". Catholic Charities owes a great debt of gratitude to the school boars, teachers and students who worked on the project.

Out of these visits, teachers encouraged their students to speak about what they had experienced. As a way to express their experience, the idea of using doors was developed and the project grew from there. As the Nuit Blanche website says, this social arts project "represents a unique collaboration involving over two dozen social service agencies, hundreds of students and teachers from 53 schools and 4 school boards: Toronto, York, Dufferin-Peel and Durham."

Unprecedented in scope and collaboration, this massive project celebrates Catholic Charities' 100 years of helping people. Through its member agencies, it works with people of all ages, enthno-cultural and religious backgrounds.

Catholic Charities member agencies work with people at risk, especially those pushed to the margins of our society. It has been present over past one hundred years for the poor and the vulnerable in our communities as a Catholic service community, responding to our people in need. At its core is Catholic Social Teaching that focuses on the poor and marginalized, urging us all to build a just society and safeguard the dignity of every person.

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