Maria House

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Maria House offers transitional housing and programs designed to encourage women to make choices that are appropriate for them, to develop personal responsibility, to live independently in permanent housing and to achieve their full potential.

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Get to Know Opening Doors

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Teresa Shelter

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Teresa Shelter provides a safe place for all women and children who find themselves homeless due to circumstances beyond their control. The shelter’s staff work with each woman to meet short-term goals and objectives by connecting them to needed resources and services.

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Spring Events

  • Trivia Night
    Friday, April 20
    Grand River Center
  • 3rd annual Bus Trip: Friday, April 26
    “42nd Street” at the Fireside Theater
  • Burger Night: Friday, May 4
  • Dancing with the Stars: Saturday, May 12
    Five Flags Center
    Kim Budde will be dancing for Opening Doors
    Brought to you by the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce

Francis Apartments

Francis Apartments

Opening Doors’ announced a third doorway of hope in August of 2017 at the Francis Apartments on the Steeple Square campus.  This permanent supportive housing option for graduates of Maria House and Teresa Shelter completes Opening Doors’ continuum of housing services for homeless women and children in our community.

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A Bed of Hope

Would you like to help provide beds and peace of mind for homeless women and children? “A Bed of Hope” is Opening Doors’ year-long fundraising program that allows community members or groups to play a vital role in the shelter of women and children.

Are you currently in need of shelter services? If so, click here for information and resources or email

Opening Doors                          Maria House                    Teresa Shelter                    Francis Apartments
Administrative Offices             1561 Jackson St.              1111 Bluff Street                 Steeple Square Campus
2100 Asbury Road, Suite 8      Dubuque, IA 52001        Dubuque, IA 52001             1501 Jackson St.
Dubuque, IA 52001                  563.582.6286                  563.690.0086

If you, a friend, or loved one are facing a domestic violence situation, please contact the Dubuque YMCA Victim Services Shelter. While Maria House and Teresa Shelter are private property, our shelters cannot guarantee the safety of women fleeing domestic violence and in immediate danger.