Keep up-to-date on the latest and greatest happenings at Opening Doors. Stories here might feature our volunteers, donors, or programming. If you have an idea for a story please contact Ann, Development & Marketing Director, at 563-582-7480 or alorenz@openingdoorsdbq.org

~2017~

Opening Doors Announces 2017 Board of Directors (January 10, 2017)

Opening Doors is pleased to announce our 2017 Board of Directors, officers and four new board members opening-doors-press-release-2017-board-011017

 

~2016~

United Way Funding is Key to Opening Doors’ Success (October 13, 2016)

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
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New Manager for "Doorways to Hope" job training program! (October 12, 2016)

Kathy Flynn hired as manager of new “Doorways to Hope” job training program. opening-doors-press-release-kathy-flynn-101216

 

Birdies Fore Beds Scores $9,600 for Opening Doors! (September 27, 2016)

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

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New Doors for Opening Doors Thanks to the DRA! (September 14, 2016)

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

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The new administrative offices for Opening Doors are located at 2100 Asbury Road, Suite 8 across the street from Hillcrest Family Services.

Habitat for Humanity selects Maria House resident for new home! (June 22, 2016)

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

Teresa Shelter Celebrates 10 Years of Service (May 23, 2016)

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.

Opening Doors' Executive Director Achievements Recognized with Award (April 14, 2016)

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!

Teresa Shelter Residents Displaced by Retaining Wall Collapse (April 11, 2016)

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.

Be a "Star" in the "War" Against Homelessness! (March 3, 2016)

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 - New Hire (February 29, 2016)

Opening Doors is pleased to announce the  hiring of a new Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant: Doug Clark. To read more, click here.

Test Your Wits at Trivia Night (February 26, 2016)

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.

Volunteer to Help the Homeless! (February 11, 2016)

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 Announces 2016 Board of Directors (February 4, 2016)

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.

Make a Meal--Make a Difference! (January 12, 2016)

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!

~2015~

Teresa Shelter Decked the Halls Thanks to Community Support! (November 30, 2015)

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.

Dupaco Helping Homeless Women Get Ahead (July 14, 2015)

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.