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Doorways’ 2023 Annual Report Highlights Comprehensive Response to Increasing Need for Shelter and Services

Doorways is a community-based nonprofit providing trauma-informed services including safe shelter, housing, and life-changing support to individuals and families experiencing the traumas of domestic violence, sexual assault, and homelessness. As Arlington’s only fully and dually state-accredited agency serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence, Doorways offers a wide range of crisis response services and comprehensive shelter and housing programs designed to meet survivors’ needs.

“Fulfilling this promise has never been more pressing,” writes Diana Ortiz, M.Ed., LPC, Doorways’ President and CEO, in the organization’s 2023 report. “Only five years ago, Doorways’ Safehouse sheltered 58 survivors. Last year alone, that number was 135 survivors—more than double the total in 2018. And more than half of those 135 survivors were children.”

“Our community’s needs are increasing and changing rapidly,” Ortiz continues. “Survivors told us what they need. Doorways listened. We are responding by reinventing ourselves. With your support, we are increasing, improving, and transforming the way we serve survivors.

In addition to providing emergency shelter, called safehousing, to a record-high number of survivors, Doorways’ 2023 response to domestic and sexual violence included:

  • 1,411 hotline calls, through which Doorways provided safety planning, crisis support, information, and referral services;
  • 29 hospital accompaniments for survivors undergoing sexual assault and domestic violence forensic exams;
  • Court advocacy for 360 adults and children navigating legal pathways to safety;
  • Community-based mobile advocacy for 50 adults, including safety planning and case management;
  • Mental health counseling for 236 adults, youth, and children impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; and
  • Supportive housing for 129 adults and children.

Read Doorways’ 2023 annual report to learn more. Click the white arrow > below to flip pages.

ARLnow: Arlington nonprofits achieve Giving Tuesday goals, but donor participation concerns linger

As the need for our services escalates, and the cost to provide those services rises, we will need more support from our community in this pivotal time of year.

Arlington nonprofits achieve Giving Tuesday goals, but donor participation concerns linger
by James Jarvis

“Linley Beckbridge, director of Communications and Advocacy at Doorways, which provides shelter to survivors of domestic violence, says the number of adults and children they have checked into the shelter has doubled within the last five years.

‘Domestic violence is on the rise,’ Beckbridge said. ‘As Arlington’s only provider of safehousing — emergency shelter for survivors and their children in imminent danger due to domestic violence — it is critical that Doorways expands our capacity to meet the growing need.'”

Read more on ARLnow.

14 Places to Volunteer with Kids and Teens

For more ways kids and teens can kid involved with Doorways’ mission, please check out our Kids’ Corner!

14 Places to Volunteer with Kids and Teens
Arlington Magazine, November 27, 2023, Stephanie Kanowitz

Doorways: Concerned Arlington residents started Doorways in 1978 as a safe haven for families in crisis. The organization provides shelter, with a mission of helping people find a way out of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault. Although all in-person volunteer activities have a minimum age of 18, there are ways young ones can get involved. Twice a year, Doorways invites volunteers to sponsor a child—once before school starts, when you can help provide back-to-school supplies, and during the winter holidays, when you’re invited to make wishes come true for kids in need. Check the website for when sponsorship forms become available.

Arlington Magazine Guide to Giving 2023

Arlington Magazine Guide to Giving 2023
November 10, 2023 Arlington Magazine

The following organizations are based in Northern Virginia and provide critical services to the immediate community. Many thanks to the Arlington Community Foundation for its help in compiling this resource.

Doorways 

Every day, thousands of adults, youth and children in Arlington suffer the impacts of domestic violence and sexual assault. Intimate partner violence is a leading cause of homelessness, especially among women and families. As Arlington’s only provider of emergency shelter, services and supportive housing for survivors and their families, Doorways has in recent years seen a dramatic increase in those requiring emergency shelter to escape harm. The nonprofit is expanding its capacity to meet this growing need while also maintaining a full spectrum response to domestic and sexual violence, from prevention programming for youth to community-based services and supportive housing.

What a donation can do:

❱❱ $250 provides a play- or art-based therapy session for a child healing from the impacts of domestic violence.

❱❱ $500 supports a family graduating from Doorways’ shelter to its HomeStart supportive housing program by funding essentials like a new bed and kitchen supplies.

❱❱ $1,000 provides one week of emergency shelter in safe housing for a survivor escaping domestic violence.

Volunteer opportunities: Volunteers 18 or older who have graduated from high school are needed to assist with shelter coverage, children’s activities, interpretation, administrative support and fundraising. Individuals working directly with clients must complete at least 40 hours of training and a background check. Community groups, including youth and children, can help by organizing collection drives and fundraisers.

See also Arlington Magazine’s complete November-December 2023 issue.

Community and Accessibility at Doorways

“October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), an important time to highlight the issue of domestic violence and its effects on victims, survivors, families, and communities. Everyone deserves to have access to a community where people live free of violence and have safe and stable housing. We caught up with Linley Beckbridge, Director of Marketing & Communications and Advocacy at Doorways to discuss the importance of accessibility in your community.” Read more from Recite Me.

Avery Park Receives Eagle Scout Rank

One of first females in country to achieve status

By Shirley Ruhe, Arlington Connection

Avery Park from Arlington is one of the first females in the country to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. She says usually it takes 7 years to achieve Eagle Scout status but she did it in four. She chose to organize the fifth floor storage space for Doorways and develop an online tracking system as her Eagle Scout project. “I knew I wanted to do something to support women and children.”

Continue reading in the Arlington Connection.

Darius Martin shares new single about domestic violence, partners with Doorways to support survivors

Darius Martin is thrilled to amplify awareness and generate funds with his new single, “Sparks Don’t Fly”

“R&B meets pop sensation Darius Martin releases the new single ‘Sparks Don’t Fly’ featuring Latin singer-songwriter Shantal Vella. The single is a powerful profile on the damaging effects of abusive relationships, offering an intimate window inside the emotional toll it takes on two hearts.

Teaming up with the esteemed non-profit, Doorways, and ahead of October Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Darius Martin is thrilled to amplify awareness and generate funds with his new single, ‘Sparks Don’t Fly’. Serving the Arlington, Virginia, community, Doorways extends comprehensive support to survivors, providing housing, counseling, court advocacy, and more. With a 24/7 hotline and a robust community outreach program, Doorways stands firmly with survivors. Darius Martin is proud to drive impactful change with this new release.

‘Sparks Don’t Fly’ blends melodic cascades of percussion with an emotive vocal symphony shared between Darius Martin and Shantal Vella. Over subtle, refined beats, ‘Sparks Don’t Fly’ will immerse you in a lyrically tender narrative, bringing awareness towards domestic violence. Darius Martin admits, ‘I wanted people who have been in abusive relationships to know they’re not alone.'” Continue reading.

“Sparks Don’t Fly” is written about domestic violence in hopes of showing listeners that they are never alone

“Darius Martin is a Los Angeles based artist who fuses elements of pop and R&B into his sonics while crafting powerful narratives that resonate with day-to-day life. His newly released single, “Sparks Don’t Fly” featuring Shantal Vella, is written about domestic violence in hopes of showing listeners that they are never alone. Martin is partnering with Doorways, an organization based in Arlington, Virginia that provides resources and support for survivors.” Continue reading.

Important Update on Donating Items to Doorways

As of September 8th, Doorways Accepting Amazon Wishlist Items Only

We would like to thank the countless donors who have supported Doorways’ mission as it has grown and evolved over the years. As we leave our current office at the end of 2023 and move into a new space in Ballston Quarter, we unfortunately will no longer have the storage capabilities we once had. To adjust to this change, as of September 8th, Doorways will no longer be accepting item donations outside of our Amazon Wishlist. We will continue accepting gift cards.

To ensure your items reach those in need, we encourage anyone who is interested in donating physical items to check out our amazing peer organizations linked on our website. If you have any questions related to in-kind giving in or around Arlington, please feel free to contact Ashley Stewart at astewart@doorwaysva.org or 703-504-9271.

To continue providing items to Doorways clients, please visit our Amazon Wishlist, which is regularly updated to meet the urgent needs of our families. Thank you for your support!

Doorways Joins the 25 by 2025 Movement

Doorways, a pet-friendly domestic violence shelter in Arlington, VA, has joined the 25 by 2025 campaign to help more domestic violence shelters in the U.S. become pet friendly.

In May 2009, Doorways became the only shelter in Virginia, and one of nine in the country, to offer safe shelter for people and their pets fleeing violence. Doorways’ all-weather Safe Kennel (pictured below) has heat, air conditioning, and indoor/outdoor areas to safely and comfortably house dogs, cats, and other small animals like hamsters and turtles.

25 by 2025 reports that up to 70% of domestic violence survivors have pets, and nearly half delay or avoid leaving abusers because they don’t want to leave their pets behind. More pet-friendly domestic violence shelters are needed to ensure more survivors and pets find safety from potentially life-threatening situations.

The 25 by 2025 campaign has set a goal to help 25% of domestic violence shelters in the U.S. become pet friendly by 2025! Get involved in the movement today at 25by2025.org and help keep pets and people together. Learn more.

Doorways Earns New State Accreditation for Domestic and Sexual Violence Programs

Doorways announced that the agency earned full dual accreditation from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, Division of Programs and Services, Victims Services, becoming one of only 12 dually accredited domestic and sexual violence agencies in Virginia. Doorways is Arlington’s only provider of safehousing (emergency shelter), services, and supportive housing for survivors and earned full accreditation for having met 100 percent of the voluntary Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Program Professional Standards. 

Doorways’ programs have become especially critical in recent years as the number of survivors needing shelter and support increased dramatically. Over the last six years, Doorways experienced more than a 120% increase in the number of survivors and their families sheltered in their safehousing to escape imminent danger.   

“We are honored to receive this acknowledgement of the quality and consistency of our work, particularly as we are working to expand our programs,” said Diana Ortiz, M.Ed., LPC, President and CEO. In response to increasing need, Doorways is expanding their safehousing and supportive housing programs. Doorways is also expanding their prevention and outreach efforts, which help reduce domestic and sexual violence by engaging youth around topics like safe and respectful relationships and consent. “I am immensely proud of our team for all their hard work and dedication to our clients, especially as the number of people we are serving continues to grow,” Ortiz said.  

Doorways’ fully accredited programs further include a 24-hour hotline (703-237-0881) for support, information, and access to Doorways’ safehousing and services. Among those services are hospital accompaniment for survivors seeking forensic exams following sexual assault and/or domestic violence; mobile advocacy, which connects specially trained advocates to survivors needing support out in the community; court advocacy to aid survivors in navigating legal protections such as protective orders; and counseling for individuals of all ages who have been impacted by domestic and sexual violence, as well as support groups. Anyone in need of information or support related to domestic and sexual violence is encouraged to call Doorways’ hotline at 703-237-0881. 

As a private nonprofit, Doorways relies on community support from individuals, businesses, and foundations for about half of its funding every year. In order to meet the growing need for survivor safehousing and services, Doorways needs the support of this community to provide safe harbor, healing, and hope to those impacted by domestic and sexual violence in Arlington. Learn more and donate now at www.doorwaysva.org