Opening Doors is the nonprofit organization that operates Teresa Shelter, Maria House, and a supportive housing program at Francis Apartments.  Homeless women, alone or with children, come to us to help build a new life.  We provide goal setting and life skills training that will enable them to take care of themselves and achieve their full potential.  We offer a hand up in the world, not a handout.

Since 2000, Opening Doors has served over 3,400 women and children through a continuum of services. Teresa Shelter offers emergency and extended stay programs. Maria House offers transitional housing for up to two years. Francis Apartments offers an opportunity for income-based affordable housing with support services; a combination that has proven to be effective at ending the cycle of homelessness.

Our three doorways of hope for homeless women and children are much more than a place to sleep.  We offer the opportunity for women to claim their own power and become self-sufficient.


Mission Statement

Opening Doors offers hospitality and opportunity to women, alone or with children, who need emergency, transitional or permanent supportive housing and related support services.



In collaboration with existing community resources and services, our vision is to offer a variety of opportunities for women to affirm their dignity and to achieve their potential for independent living in an environment that will benefit the neighborhood.


Compassion– To demonstrate a caring concern for each person
Respect – To treat each person with dignity
Affirmation – To invite and encourage personal development
Hospitality – To offer a welcoming environment