A safe today, a stable tomorrow, and the brightest possible future
The past few years have been ones of dramatic increase, both in number of people reaching out for help and in the ways Doorways is helping. Our Campaign for Brighter Futures calls on all of us to step up like Doorways’ founders did years ago to meet our community’s needs. Whether you’ve been with us since the beginning or are brand new to this community, you have a critical role to play in safeguarding our response to those in crisis.
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Community Comes Together to Prevent Assault and Support Survivors
Local nonprofit Doorways for Women and Families is partnering with bars throughout Arlington this weekend to raise awareness of sexual assault and the resources available to survivors in our community. Starting Friday, April 28, five bars will provide customers with coasters that feature Doorways’ 24-Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline (703-237-0881) and the message, “Sexual assault impacts everyone.” Participating bars and restaurants include The Liberty Tavern, Lyon Hall, Northside Social, Crystal City Sports Pub and O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub.
Through these coasters, Doorways aims to reach survivors and call on the community to help support them. According to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, an American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds, and 54 percent of sexual assault victims are between the ages of 18 and 34. Last year alone, 187 adults and 40 children were served by Doorways’ hotline response as a direct result of sexual assault, and many more of Doorways’ clients have experienced sexual violence within their intimate relationships or in the past.
“Our goal with this outreach is twofold,” said Doorways President and CEO Caroline Jones. “First and foremost, we want to show survivors that they’re not alone. Secondly, we want to ensure that everyone is aware of the resources here in Arlington, namely our 24-Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline—help is available in our community.”
“We want to show survivors that they’re not alone.”
Additional resources available through Doorways include hospital accompaniment provided by a highly trained advocate for survivors who choose to seek medical attention; Doorways’ Revive Domestic & Sexual Violence Counseling Program, which offers trauma-informed short-term counseling tailored to your needs to support for survivors seeking services due to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and/or stalking, including adults, youth and children; and Doorways’ bilingual (Spanish and English) Court Advocacy Program, which provides education about the legal system, companionship during the petition and court hearing processes and extensive safety planning for anyone impacted by family violence.
Doorways also stresses the importance of not blaming victims of sexual violence. The connection between sexual assault and alcohol is still widely misunderstood. “Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault,” said Christa Carlton, director of Doorways’ Domestic & Sexual Violence Program. “While perpetrators may use alcohol as a tool to incapacitate their victims, the only person to blame for assault is the one committing the violence.”
“Sexual assault is never the victim’s fault.”
As Sexual Assault Awareness Month comes to a close, Doorways remains available to survivors, their friends and family and our community year round. Free and confidential crisis support, information and referrals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Doorways’ hotline at 703-237-0881. Whether you need emergency shelter, hospital accompaniment, counseling, court advocacy or simply a listening ear, anyone needing support is encouraged to call Doorways to talk about their situation or that of a loved one.
Doorways Partners With Local Restaurants For Sexual Assault Awareness
Patio Officially Opens on May 4 with Pig-and-Oyster Roast to Benefit Doorways for Women and Families
After this cool spring, the back patio at Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company in Arlington looks pretty inviting. On Thursday, May 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Rocklands will officially kick off patio season with a special evening of food and drink to benefit Doorways for Women and Families. Guests will mingle on the patio munching on pork pulled from a whole roast pig, and fresh oysters roasted over a wood fire. Rocklands will tap a keg from Right Proper Brewing Company just for the event and offer a selection of wine from the bar.
“Doorways does so much good in our community, we’re pleased to be able to help them.”
“This is our ninth year hosting this event for Doorways. Doorways does so much good in our community, we’re pleased to be able to help them,” said Will Van Sant, Assistant Manager of Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company. “And we’ve got just the spot for this party: Our famous patio got new stonework and picnic tables over the winter. We’re already hearing patio-raves from fans. We hope to see many of you on May 4 to support Doorways and test the patio upgrade.”
“We continue to see increases in the demand for services for homeless families and survivors of domestic and sexual violence, so Doorways is grateful that Rocklands has had such unwavering support for us. Shed Your Coat is a wonderful event that helps us increase awareness and renew support among our friends in the Arlington community,” said Caroline Jones, Doorways’ President and CEO.
“Doorways is grateful that Rocklands has had such unwavering support for us.”
Rocklands is donating all the oysters, barbequed pork, sides, beer and wine so 100 percent of the ticket price goes directly to support Doorways’ families and programs. Tickets to the event are $25, and may be purchased online (bit.ly/PigRoast2017) or at the door. Raffle tickets can be bought online or at the door for $5 or 5 for $20. Raffle prizes include gift certificates to local restaurants and shops, DC United gear, a spa package and more. In addition we will be auctioning off a hockey stick signed by Washington Capitals player, Andre Burakovsky #65.
Founded in 1990, Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company serves traditional wood-fired barbeque. Rocklands can be found at three locations – in Washington DC, Alexandria and Arlington– and is known for catering all around the region. Rocklands Arlington is located near Virginia Square Metro station (Orange and Silver lines); the 38B bus stops in front of the restaurant; and there is off-street and on-street parking available. For more information please visit our website at www.rocklands.com.
Doorways Volunteer Resources Manager Wins Leadership Legacy Award
Melissa Kenney Is the First Recipient of the Volunteer Arlington Award
Doorways for Women and Families, a nonprofit, community service organization that creates pathways out of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault leading to safe, stable and empowered lives, is proud to announce that Melissa Kenney, the organization’s volunteer resources manager, has 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 Leadership Center for Excellence said in a statement announcing the 2017 winners. “The recipients also exemplify a variety of leadership capacities, visionary thinking, servant leadership and ethics in thoughts, words and actions.”
Kenney started at Doorways as a volunteer where she logged more than 350 hours in three years helping survivors of sexual and domestic violence and families experiencing homelessness at Doorways’ Domestic Violence Safehouse and Freddie Mac Foundation Family Home. Her roles included answering Doorways’ 24-Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline, providing shelter coverage at the Safehouse, and supporting Children’s Services. Now, she works to train other volunteers to help carryout Doorways’ critical mission, including Sexual Assault Response Advocates (SARA volunteers).
“We are so excited that Melissa is being honored this much-deserved recognition,” said Doorways President and CEO Caroline Jones. “Volunteers are critical to Doorways’ day-to-day operations, and Melissa has done exceptional work with volunteer engagement. Her dedicated support of our volunteers and our mission are exemplary, and we are proud to see her work recognized with this award.”
Doorways has three times as many volunteers as staff, and they do everything from front-line service to fundraising. Without volunteers, Doorways couldn’t deliver their life-changing services that put thousands of Arlington community members on paths to brighter futures each year.
“I love working with volunteers because they inspire me every day,” said Kenney. “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.”
Leadership Center for Excellence is honored to announce the recipients of the 2017 Leadership Legacy Awards, recognizing outstanding community leaders. The event honoring these leaders will be held on May 24, 2017 from 6:00pm until 9:30pm at Army Navy Country Club. Additionally, the Leadership Legacy Awards will celebrate the graduation of the Leadership Arlington Class of 2017.
This year, Leadership Center for Excellence will present awards in the following areas: Ethics, Community Impact, Nonprofit and Volunteer Arlington. We are excited to announce the following winners:
Ethics Award: John J. Brough, Chain Bridge Bank
Community Impact Award: HITT Contracting
Nonprofit Award: YMCA Arlington
Volunteer Arlington Award: Melissa Kenney, Doorways for Women and Families
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.
Melissa Kenney, Volunteer Resources Manager for Doorways for Women and Families
This year we have added a new award called the Volunteer Arlington Award. Melissa Kenney of Doorways for Women and Families is receiving this honor. Melissa started at Doorways as a volunteer where she logged more than 350 hours in three years helping homeless families and survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Now, Melissa works to train other volunteers and is central to the success of Doorways.
“I love working with volunteers because they inspire me every day,” said Melissa Kenney, Volunteer Resources Manager for Doorways for Women and Families. “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.”
“We are honored to recognize Melissa Kenney as the recipient of our Volunteer Arlington Award,” said Betsy Frantz, President & CEO of Leadership Center for Excellence. “She truly demonstrates leadership and supports our mission to enlighten, inspire and connect leaders in our community.”
Caroline Jones, Doorways’ President and CEO, and Christa Carlton, Director of Doorways’ Domestic & Sexual Violence Program, speak with Laura Weimer from the Arlington Church of the Brethren about our response to those experiencing abuse and homelessness in our community.
More than 10,000 Women’s March and inauguration attendees have donated their unused Metro cards
“Hundreds of thousands of people traveled to the nation’s capital last month for the inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington. In the weeks since they’ve left, more than 10,000 visitors have donated to local charities Metro SmarTrip cards that might have otherwise been discarded.”
Local Nonprofit Raises $5.2 Million toward $10-Million Goal
Arlington, VA – January 17, 2017 – Doorways for Women and Families, a nonprofit, community service organization that creates pathways out of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault leading to safe, stable and empowered lives, announced that their Campaign for Brighter Futures reached its halfway point. Eighteen months into the three-year comprehensive fundraising campaign, Doorways raised $5.2 million toward their $10-million goal.
The Campaign for Brighter Futures, which began with a quiet phase in 2015 followed by a public launch last fall, will conclude in 2018, marking Doorways’ 40th anniversary. The campaign is part of Doorways’ strategic plan to address the increasing demand for safety, the growing complexity in the needs of survivors and families seeking self-sufficiency, and the uncertain, restrictive funding climate that threatens the ability to deliver lasting change in their client’s well-being. By engaging the Arlington community and increasing private, philanthropic investment in the areas of safety, stability and sustainability, Doorways seeks to interrupt cycles of poverty and violence that keep many generations of families locked in struggle, unlocking the potential of the thousands of women, men and children they serve each year.
“Imagine a community where a person’s potential isn’t limited by homelessness or abuse,” said Doorways President and CEO Caroline Jones. “Together, we can ensure that our generation and the ones to come have an immediate response to crisis, safe housing, and the therapeutic services needed to heal and build the brightest possible future.”
“Imagine a community where a person’s potential isn’t limited by homelessness or abuse.”
Over the last few years, calls to Doorways’ 24-hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline have increased more than 50 percent; in the last year alone, Doorways’ hotline response impacted 2,206 adults and children, a record high in the organization’s history. Furthermore, Doorways has seen a disturbing trend in the faces of homelessness as their clients have gotten younger and younger; nearly 40 percent of families served were headed by an adult age 25 or younger. Enhanced services already underway include the Pathways for Youth Service Model, which aims to end homelessness where it often begins, with vulnerable young people in our community, and the Revive Domestic & Sexual Violence Counseling Program.
“Throughout the past four decades, we have listened to our clients to develop an effective and comprehensive response to homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault in our community,” Jones said. “Most recently, our response has evolved to include developmentally targeted services for youth and young families, as well as Revive, a dedicated counseling program serving survivors of all ages who’ve experienced domestic and sexual violence. These pathways fill critical gaps in our community, empowering more people to escape harmful cycles and achieve safety and stability sooner, creating an incredible legacy for their families and for Arlington.”
To join Doorways in creating pathways out of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault leading to safe, stable and empowered lives, visit www.DoorwaysVA.org. If you or someone you know is being hurt by or fearful of their partner, you are not alone. Please call Doorways’ 24-Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at (703) 237-0881.
About Doorways for Women and Families:
Doorways for Women and Families is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that envisions a community where all people live free of violence and have safe and stable housing. Since 1978, we have worked to transform the lives of women and families who are facing homelessness or suffering from abuse. Providing multiple pathways that can be tailored to each individual’s needs, including an immediate, safe response, shelter, supportive housing, and comprehensive support services, Doorways meets both the immediate and long-term needs of our clients and addresses the economic and societal issues that lead to violence, poverty and family homelessness. Thanks to community partnerships and the generosity of our supporters, Doorways creates pathways out of crisis leading to safe, stable and empowered lives. Join us online at www.DoorwaysVA.org.
Despite Arlington’s affluence and prestige, there are still those facing homelessness or suffering abuse in our community. With the generosity of partners and supporters, Doorways helps vulnerable neighbors survive crisis, rebuild their lives and achieve brighter futures.
“We create pathways out of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault for people,” says Caroline Jones. “Getting people out of harm’s way is our first priority.”
The organization has been transforming lives since 1978, when the organization started with a single shelter. Today, Doorways offers many services and strategies to move people out of crisis and onto a path to long-term safety and stability. This includes operating Arlington County’s 24-Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline, two emergency shelters, supportive housing, and comprehensive services.”
Sixth Matrix Group Project Wins Interactive Media Award Best in Class Distinction
Matrix Group, a digital agency in the Washington DC area specializing in web design, development, AMS, integration, branding, mobile and e-marketing services has received a sixth award from the 2016 Interactive Media Awards.
Receiving the Best in Class Award, the IMA’s top honor, was the Doorways for Women and Families website redesign. Read more.