Opening Doors is pleased to announce our 2017 Board of Directors, officers and four new board members opening-doors-press-release-2017-board-011017
Opening Doors is pleased to announce the 15th year of funding as an agency of the United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States opening-doors-press-release-united-way-funding-101316
Kathy Flynn hired as manager of new “Doorways to Hope” job training program. opening-doors-press-release-kathy-flynn-101216
On August 25 at 2 PM, eighty four women prepared to tee off at the scenic Thunder Hills Country Club. By the end of the evening, $9,600 was raised for Opening Doors! opening-doors-press-release-birdies-fore-beds-092716
Opening Doors is proud to announce a new location for the administrative offices, located at 2100 Asbury Road, Suite 8, thanks in part to a grant from the Dubuque Racing Association (DRA). opening-doors-press-release-new-location-091416
For the first time in Opening Doors’ 15-year history, one of our residents has qualified for a Habitat for Humanity home of her very own. Laura said, “My kids and I are so excited to finally have our own home. I never thought this would be a possibility for me!” Opening Doors Press Release – Humanity House and HUD 062216
On May 23, 2016, Teresa Shelter celebrated 10 years of serving homeless women and children in the Dubuque and tri-states area. Housed in the former Meatpackers Labor Union Hall, at 1111 Bluff Street, the Teresa Shelter is the only emergency shelter (to date) in the area that takes women WITH children. To read the full press release, please click here.
Executive Director Michelle Brown received the Women of Achievement (Service and Support of Non-Profit Work) Award at Women’s Leadership Network’s annual awards ceremony on April 14, 2016. She has lead Opening Doors from its humble beginnings in 2000 to a vital organization that has served over 2,600 homeless women and children through programs at Maria House and Teresa Shelter. Thank you and congratulations to Michelle!
On March 8, 2016 a retaining wall on the bluff collapsed, causing heavy rocks, cement, and soil to fall behind Teresa Shelter. The $28,000 repairs, including replacing the wall and cleaning the property, will begin on April 11, 2016. During this time, the residents will be displaced from their home at Teresa Shelter and, through the generosity of Clarke University, they will be residing on campus. To read the full press release, please click here.
The 11th annual “Opening Doors Dash” is quickly approaching. Registration is open for those interested in participating as an individual or as part of a team. Other features of the event include prizes and medals for the top finishers, free on-site childcare, and bagels provided by Big Apple Bagels. Click here for more information.
Opening Doors is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant: Doug Clark. To read more, click here.
What’s one of the best community events in March? Opening Doors’ Trivia Night! Mark your calendars for March 18, 2016, 5-9pm, at Clarke University. This festive night of trivia “fun”draising, will feature 10 rounds of trivia, an (optional) fish buffet, cash bar, door prizes, and CASH prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. For more information, click here or visit the Trivia Night page.
Opening Doors is seeking individuals who desire to “Volunteer to Help the Homeless!” A variety of positions are available, but in high need are women, 18+, who are willing to serve as Overnight Sleep Staff. Also, starting in March, are bi-monthly volunteer orientations for anyone interested in signing up or just learning more about Opening Doors. These will be held on the 1st Thursday and the 3rd Saturday of each month at Maria House from 12-12:45pm. Click here for more information.
Opening Doors is pleased to announce the 2016 Board of Directors. The Executive Committee is lead by President Mary Ellen Green, OP (Development Director, Sinsinawa Dominicans) and Vice President Matt Dodds (COO, Dupaco Community Credit Union). The committee also includes Mike Welbes as Secretary/Treasurer (CPA, ABV/Partner, Honkamp, Krueger & Co.) and Michelle Brown, LBSW (Executive Director, Opening Doors). For more details or for a full list of Board members, download this press release or visit the Board of Directors webpage.
On January 13, 2016, Opening Doors started offering Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World curriculum to women in the transitional programs at Maria House and Teresa Shelter. This 16-20 week class helps people living in poverty by offering step-by-step life planning lessons while exposing the hidden rules of economic class culture in order to help secure a stable future for the woman and her family. Volunteers are needed to help provide the meals at the class. Please click here for more information or call 563-582-7480 to sign up!
After posting a need for Christmas and Holiday decorations on Facebook, Teresa Shelter saw an outpouring of decorations generously donated by the community. For the full story, please click here.
In partnership with Dupaco, Opening Doors will be offering Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World curriculum to women in the transitional programs at Maria House and Teresa Shelter. This 16-20 week class helps people living in poverty by offering step-by-step life planning lessons while exposing the hidden rules of economic class culture in order to help secure a stable future for the woman and her family. Through funding provided by the Dupaco R.W. Hoefer Foundation, each woman will receive a $320 stipend for completing the program and Dupaco will provide financial literacy training to each participant. Click here for more information.