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History

Wychwood Open Door began as an initiative by a group of churches on St. Clair Ave. W. in 1985-86. There are many boarding houses in the neighbourhood and the drop-in, then held one day a week, was conceived as a way of reducing isolation among people living in boarding houses.

In 1990 the drop-in client base began to change. As more homeless and psychiatric patients came into the centre, the service was amended to meet their needs. In 1990, the organization was incorporated. A board of directors, which included several program participants, was created. The board created a constitution that would serve the needs of all clients.

In 1991, Wychwood Open Door became a registered charity. The drop-in opened a second day a week beginning in 1991, but was not able to consistently operate two days a week until 1996 because of funding constraints.

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