For most of us, the word “home” conjures images of warmth, happiness and a sense of belonging. But what if the only place you had to call home was where someone was causing you and your children harm? What if home didn’t exist at all, and the only way to keep your children off the street was to sleep in a car or beg friend after friend for a couch? These situations affect more Arlingtonians than you might imagine.
The Doorways Model
The causes of family homelessness and domestic violence are profound and varied. As a result, there is no single service that universally helps families overcome their barriers to independence. Doorways has developed a four-tiered strategy to meet both the immediate and long-term needs of our clients, as well as address the economic and societal issues that lead to violence, poverty and family homelessness:
- Offer an immediate, safe response to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault:
- Provide emergency and long-term, safe housing for women and families fleeing domestic violence and homelessness:
- Deliver comprehensive support services that teach individuals the skills and tools necessary to lead safe, independent lives:
- Actively participate in community partnerships and advocate for political and economic changes that will eliminate the root causes of violence, poverty and family homelessness.
Our goal is that every family that walks through our door walks through another – into a safe home of their own.
Making an Impact
The women and families we see are compelling examples of resilience, determination and love. While we may give them a companion by their side during a difficult time, we receive a source of inspiration in return. Read their stories.
We invest the time and care needed to teach families to succeed. We come from diverse backgrounds, but have the same passion and dedication for seeing families achieve and sustain independence. Meet our staff.