Maria House

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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Teresa Shelter

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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Upcoming Events

  • 18th Annual Attitude of Gratitude: Saturday, November 23
    • Grand River Center
    • Doors open 4:30 PM, Dinner 6:30 PM
  • Trivia Night: Friday, January 31, 2020
    • Grand River Center

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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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.

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