Knoel Christopher joined our staff as Teresa Shelter Case Manager. Click here for more information.
Opening Doors is pleased to present our 2019 Board of Directors including two new members: Colleen Lindecker and Kiesha Sainci! Click here for more information.
Our 17th annual “Attitude of Gratitude” was a record-setting event thanks to our guests, sponsors, donors and volunteers! Click here for all the scoop!
Laura Schuman joins our full-time staff as Program Assistant and Michelle Brown transitions to part-time Volunteer Coordinator. Click here for more information.
Opening Doors hires Ashley Koopman as Maria House Case Manager and Kiresten Bauer promoted to Assistant Program Director. Click here for more information.
Opening Doors announces 2018 Board of Directors including two new board members. Click here for more information.
Opening Doors announces a change in leadership as Michelle Brown is retiring having served as the organization’s only Executive Director since the organization was founded in 2000. Carol Gebhart took over as the new Executive Director on November 27, 2017. Click here for more information.
Opening Doors is gearing up for the 16th annual “Attitude of Gratitude” fall dinner/auction scheduled for Saturday, November 18 at the Grand River Center. Click here for more information.
Opening Doors is pleased to announce the fifth year of funding from the McDonough Foundation. Opening Doors received $15,000 which will partially fund rent subsidies for graduates of Opening Doors in the new Francis Apartments on the Steeple Square campus. Click here for more information.
Opening Doors received a $3,862.70 grant from the Dubuque Racing Association (DRA) for five new security cameras at Maria House. Since 2000, the DRA has awarded Opening Doors with over $150,000 in funding. Click here for more information on our recent grant award.
Opening Doors launches a third doorway of hope as an option for permanent supportive housing to the graduates of Maria House and Teresa Shelter through a collaboration with Steeple Square. Click here for more information.
Opening Doors is proud to be a United Way Agency. Click here for more information on our recent grant award.
Heather has been with Opening Doors since 2010. Click here to view the release on her promotion.
Opening Doors receives $9,000 grant for “Doorways to Hope” job skills and employment readiness program from Westfield Insurance Foundation in partnership with Cottingham & Butler. Click here to read about this exciting new grant award.
Click here to view the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque’s “Giving Matters” publication and accompanying video.
Join us for the 12th annual “Opening Doors Dash” on Saturday, April 29. Click here for all of the scoop!
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.