Keep up-to-date on the latest and greatest happenings at Opening Doors. Stories here might feature our volunteers, donors, or programming. For more information contact Ann Lorenz, Development & Marketing Director, at 563-582-7480 or alorenz@openingdoorsdbq.org

$10,000 Grant from Andersen Corporate Foundation (October 24, 2019)

Andersen Corporate Foundation recently awarded Opening Doors with a $10,000 grant for supplies for Teresa Shelter.  Since 2007, the Foundation has provided us with nearly $100K in funding!  Click here for more information.

 

18th Year for Attitude of Gratitude coming November 23! (October 15, 2019)

The 18th annual “Attitude of Gratitude,” Opening Doors largest fundraiser of the year, is happening on Saturday, November 23.  Doors open at 4:30, program at 6:30.  Click here for more information.

 

Staff Promotion - Michaela Dohlman (September 25, 2019)

Opening Doors is pleased to announce that Michaela Dohlman has been promoted to Teresa Shelter Case Manager.  Click here for more information.

 

Second Year for One Saturday to Dream Fearlessly (July 15 2019)

Party for a cause at the Yardarm on Saturday, July 27 from 2 to 5 PM for “One Saturday to Dream Fearlessly.”  Bring a Wish List item and enjoy music from Sid V & the Human Resources.  Sponsored by Michael Pennington Agency/American Family Insurance & the Yardarm.  Click here for more information.

 

McDonough Foundation Awards $15K Grant to Opening Doors (July 13, 2019)

McDonough Foundation awards $15K grant for “On My Own” fund providing assistance to families in permanent supportive housing program.   Click here for more information.

 

Gerb Smith & Spahn & Rose Collaborate to Reconfigure Teresa Shelter (June 27, 2019)

Space is tight at Teresa Shelter due to the increase in demand for our services.  Click here for more information on how two local businesses donated their services to help!

 

Opening Doors announced new board member Barbara Hubeny, OP (June 14, 2019)

Barbara Hubeny, OP joins Opening Doors board of directors.  Click here for more information.

 

Opening Doors Receives Grants from Yappers & Women's Giving Circle (June 11, 2019)

Opening Doors awarded two grants from organizations supported by the Community Foundation: Yappers & Women’s Giving Circle!  Click here for more information.

 

DRA Funds New Security System for Teresa Shelter (May 27, 2019)

DRA grant funds a new security system for Teresa Shelter! Click here for more information.

 

United Way Awards $48,242 Grant to Opening Doors (May 17, 2019)

Opening Doors announced the 18th year of funding as an agency of the United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States!  Click here for more information.

Opening Doors Announces New Board Member (May 22, 2019)

Opening Doors is pleased to announce that Daniel Tallon joined our Board of Directors. Click here for press release.

 

Community Donations Fund Van for Opening Doors! (March 21, 2019)

Opening Doors took home the keys to a 2018 Grand Caravan minivan on March 17 thanks to the generosity of the Dubuque community. Click here for press release.

 

Be the Key to a New Minivan for Opening Doors (February 1, 2019)

Opening Doors is in need of a new agency minivan.  Click here for press release.  To go directly to our web page to make a donation, click here.

 

Trivia Bowl Raises Dollars for New Agency Van (January 7, 2019)

Opening Doors annual trivia event kicks off SuperBowl weekend!  Funds raised will go toward the purchase of a new minivan.  Click here for more information.  (2020 event will be held on January 31.)

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!

Theisen’s More For Your Community grant of $2,000 helps establish new “Building the Basics Fund.”  Click here for more information.

McDonough FoundationMany thanks to the McDonough Foundation for their grant award of $15K for our permanent supportive housing program.  This award happens to coincide with the one year anniversary of the opening of Francis Apartments. Click here for more information.

DRAThe Dubuque Racing Association awarded Opening Doors with a $5K grant toward the purchase of a new file server. Click here for more information.

Local American Family Insurance agent Michael Pennington is sponsoring a special family friendly event at Steeple Square on Saturday, June 30 from 11 AM to 2 PM.  Free admission, vendors & activities.  Food & Beverages available for sale. Click here for more information.

American Trust & Savings Bank and Dubuque Bank & Trust have established an “On My Own” program fund.  Both banks have committed to $15K to establish a self-perpetuating rent security deposit fund to assist residents of Teresa Shelter and Maria House.  Click here for more information.

Laura Schuman joins our full-time staff as Program Assistant and Michelle Brown transitions to part-time Volunteer Coordinator.  Click here for more information.

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.

The Grand River Center is sponsoring Opening Doors’ 2018 Trivia Night scheduled for Friday, April 20.  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
united-way-color

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

birdies-for-bed-committee

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

opening-doors-new-office-small-for-facebook

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

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 3rdSaturday 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.