Who We Are

Awards & Honors

Full Dual Program Accreditation

Doorways is fully dually accredited by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, Division of Programs and Services, Victims Services. Doorways earned full accreditation for having met 100 percent of the voluntary Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Program Professional Standards. Learn more.

Spur Local

Doorways was first recognized by Spur Local (formerly the Catalogue for Philanthropy), elected as a feature charity, in the 2005-06 Catalogue. A panel of expert reviewers from area foundations, corporate giving programs, nonprofit organizations and the government helps select charities to featured, including Doorways. Spur Local has become a trusted intermediary connecting smaller, community-based organizations with individual and foundation donors. View Doorways’ online profile.

Candid (Formerly GuideStar)

Doorways is a Platinum Level nonprofit, the top level on Candid (Foundation Center and GuideStar), the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations, demonstrating our commitment to transparency. See Doorways’ Candid profile.

  Charity Navigator

Doorways has consistently been awarded high ratings from Charity Navigator, America’s leading independent charity evaluator, signifying that we are one of the most recognizable and trusted nonprofit brands outperforming most charities who advocate for victims of domestic violence and homelessness. See Doorways’ full Charity Navigator profile.

Connect with Kids Champion Award

Carlyssa Winstead, Doorways’ Youth Specialist, named a “Connect with Kids Champion” by the Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families. The Connect with Kids Champions award was created by Mary Ann Moran in 2004 as a way to recognize people in the community who go out of their way to develop positive, supportive relationships with youth and inspire others to do so. Learn more.

  Celebrating 40 Years of Impact

The Virginia General Assembly commended Doorways for its legacy of support to victims of homelessness, violence, or abuse on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. Read the joint resolution.

“Doorways has succeeded in its mission with the dedicated leadership of its board of directors, the hard work of its staff and volunteers, and the generosity of community partners and donors.”

  Volunteer Arlington Award

Doorways’ Volunteer Resources Manager, Melissa Kenney, received the Leadership Center for Excellence’s 2017 Volunteer Arlington Leadership Legacy Award. Recipients are selected for their demonstration of leadership in our community and support of the Leadership Center’s mission “to enlighten, inspire and connect” leaders in our community. The recipients also exemplify a variety of leadership capacities, visionary thinking, servant leadership and ethics in thoughts, words and actions. Read more.

“I love working with volunteers because they inspire me every day,” Melissa said. “Our volunteers’ passion, energy and commitment to addressing issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and family homelessness make a real difference in the lives of so many right here in our own community.”

  Arlington Cares

As part of Volunteer Arlington‘s Arlington Cares: A Celebration of Volunteerism, 25 of Doorways’ amazing volunteers were recognized for their service. These volunteers each gave over 100 hours of shelter coverage and/or Children’s Program services or on-call SARA coverage in fiscal year 2017. Read more.

MarCom Awards 2017 Gold Winner

Doorways was named a Gold Winner in the 2017 MarCom Awards for our 2016 Annual Report and Newsletter. The newsletter was designed for Doorways pro bono by our partner Mack-Sumner Communications, one of our Corporate Ambassadors. The MarCom Awards honor excellence in marketing and communication while recognizing the creativity, hard work and generosity of industry professionals. See award listing. Doorways also received Honorable Mention for the #knowthe5 campaign.

  IMA Best in Class Award

Doorways’ website redesign by Matrix Group International, Inc., a digital agency in the Washington, D.C. area specializing in web design, development, AMS, integration, branding, mobile and e-marketing services, received the 2016 Best in Class Award, the IMA’s top honor. Read more.

  2015 Brava Award

Doorways’ former President and CEO, Caroline Jones, wins the 2015 Brava Award! The Brava Awards program celebrates female CEOs, nonprofit leaders and high impact executives who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community. Brava Award winners are exemplary leaders of both their companies and their communities. They encourage local philanthropy, mentor up-and-coming leaders and set their companies on the path to tremendous growth. Read Caroline’s profile here.

“I’m honored to receive the 2015 Brava Award along with many impactful leaders. I am so grateful for Doorways’ dedicated community of supporters and our staff and volunteers for making our work possible, and I thank our survivors for teaching us how to have the greatest impact in their lives and our community,” said Caroline.

 2014 James B. Hunter Human Rights Award

The awards are given each year to individuals and organizations who show a “sustained commitment and/or outstanding accomplishment in the area of human rights made in Arlington.” Read the full press release here.

Washington Post Award Logo  Washington Post Award for Excellence

Doorways, Arlington’s leading provider and advocate for survivors of homelessness, violence and abuse was honored on June 15th by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement as the 2009 winner of The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management. Now in its 21st year, The Washington Post Award is a competitive program open to all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the Washington metropolitan area. Candidates are judged in the areas of fiscal management, information and communication, organizational development, people development, planning, resource development, risk management and use of technology. Read Former Congressman Jim Moran’s Congratulatory Statement in the Congressional Record.

Additional Awards


Doorways voted Best Non-Profit Organization in the Sun Gazette’s 2015 Best of Arlington


Doorways wins Shining a Light Photography Contest (see the photo)


Doorways’ President and CEO Caroline Jones recognized as one of the Washington Business Journal’s “People on the Move”


Doorways selected by the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington’s 2010 Annual Media Summit for the “Moving Your Message” Winner: Social Media Advocacy a Success for Doorways


Doorways awarded Innovation Award for Partnership with Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing


Doorways selected by Washingtonian as one of the great Washington area charities


Doorways For Women and Families Awarded Kresge Foundation Challenge Grant


Arlington Chamber of Commerce Honors Doorways for Women and Families
Doorways for Women and Families Wins James B. Hunter III Community Hero Award