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Dunker Punks Podcast Episode #25: Not So Hidden

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.

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Arlington Magazine – Test of Time: Doorways for Women and Families

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.”

Continue reading in the November-December 2016 issue of Arlington Magazine.

Doorways Website Wins Interactive Media Award Best in Class Distinction

matrix-group-logoSixth 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.

Arlington County police cars will mark domestic violence awareness efforts

“Eliminating domestic violence requires collaborative prevention and response efforts and the Police Department believes the partnership with Doorways is a step in that direction,” Police Chief M. Jay Farr said in a statement.

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October Marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Arlington County Police Department has partnered with Doorways for Women and Families, our community advocate, to bring attention to this worthy cause.

During the month of October a purple ribbon, donated by Doorways, will be displayed on many Arlington County Police Department vehicles in support of the efforts to reduce the incidence and severity of domestic violence in our community.

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Doorways kicks off three-year, $10 million funding campaign

by Scott McCaffrey, Staff Writer, Inside NOVA

Life happens, the saying goes, and some years ago, it happened to Alisa Thornton.

A single mother struggling to make ends meet even while working two jobs, Thornton and her children were facing eviction and the prospect of life on the street when they were connected with the staff of Doorways for Women and Families.

The result was a game-changer.

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Learn more about the Campaign for Brighter Futures.

Photos by Joyce N. Boghosian of Boghosian/Naltchayan Photography

Doorways Announces Campaign for Brighter Futures at Seventh Annual Breakfast

Event Raises $310,000 Toward $10-Million Campaign Goal

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, proudly announced the Campaign for Brighter Futures at their seventh annual breakfast. The Campaign for Brighter Futures is a three-year, $10-million comprehensive fundraising campaign aimed at engaging the Arlington community and increasing private, philanthropic investment in the areas of safety, stability and sustainability. Over $4 million was given to the campaign by generous philanthropists in advance of the public launch, and an additional $310,000 was raised at the event.

Caroline Jones and elected officialsDoorways’ Campaign for Brighter Futures seeks to build a stronger, safer community by breaking the cycles of poverty and violence that keep many generations of families locked in struggle. The need for Doorways’ programs and services has never been greater. Over the past two years, every Doorways program serving survivors of violence has grown. Last year, Doorways responded to 1,347 calls to their 24-hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline (703-237-0881) impacting 2,206 adults and children – a record number in the organizations 38 year 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 are headed by an adult age 25 or younger.

We cannot do less in a time of increasing need.

“We have a solid plan to move forward – to brighter futures for our clients by combining our public support that opens doors to safety – with private support that opens doors to stability,” said Doorways President and CEO Caroline Jones. “We cannot do less in a time of increasing need. Yet, our current and foreseeable resources don’t stretch far enough to keep up. With the right balance of these social investments, we can close this gap and sustain Doorways’ response to create a lasting difference for thousands.”

Caroline Jones and Campaign Co-ChairsThe Campaign for Brighter Futures is part of Doorways’ strategic plan that addresses 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. 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 Doorways’ Revive Counseling Program, which serves survivors of every age who have experienced intimate partner violence.

We are turning to every person in our community to help lift up this organization that lifts up so many.

“The campaign’s goal represents the funding required to meet our annual operating budget for the next three years, as well as the creation of a Sustainability Fund, the purpose of which is to be available for use when our neighbors face new, unanticipated challenges, or when we must keep our many doorways open in the face of economic downturns and losses of funding,” said Yuri Sagatov of Sagatov Design + Build, Doorways board member and co-chair for the Campaign for Brighter Futures. “We are turning to every person in our community to help lift up this organization that lifts up so many.”

Caroline JonesMore than 300 people attended the breakfast, giving a total of $310,000 toward the $10-million campaign goal. The event was made possible by Brighter Futures Sponsors – The Keri Shull Team & Orange Line Living; Economic Independence Sponsors – Clark Construction and Shooshan Company; Future Response Sponsors – Arlington Community Foundation, First Virginia Community Bank, John Marshall Bank, Transurban and Ward Chisholm, PC; Media Sponsor – Arlington Magazine; Printing & Graphics Sponsor – Signs by Tomorrow Arlington; and Nonprofit Partner Sponsor – Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Combined with lead campaign gifts made before the public launch, Doorways has raised nearly 45 percent of the $10-million campaign goal. Doorways aims to meet their goal in 2018, the year of their 40th anniversary.

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.

Alisa, Alaisia and Caroline

Photos by Joyce N. Boghosian of Boghosian/Naltchayan Photography

 

Doorways kicks off three-year, $10 million funding campaign

by Scott McCaffrey, Staff Writer, Inside NOVA

Life happens, the saying goes, and some years ago, it happened to Alisa Thornton.

A single mother struggling to make ends meet even while working two jobs, Thornton and her children were facing eviction and the prospect of life on the street when they were connected with the staff of Doorways for Women and Families.

The result was a game-changer.

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For Decades, Domestic Violence Shelters Didn’t Always Accept Pets. Here’s Why That’s Changing.

Doorways’ President and CEO, Caroline Jones, spoke with Washingtonian Magazine about our Domestic Violence Safehouse and Kennel and the importance of providing pathways to safety for all family members escaping abuse, including pets.

“Caroline Jones, president of Arlington’s Doorways for Women and Families shelter, says her staff finds that for some people, being separated from pets during an emotionally volatile time is too much. Doorways is currently the Washington area’s only domestic-violence shelter that can house dogs, cats, and small pets such as turtles and hamsters.”

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Doorways Domestic Violence Safehouse and Kennel

In May 2009, Doorways became the only shelter in Virginia, and one of nine in the country, to offer safe shelter for women and their animals fleeing violence.

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Doorways and NVFS receive Community Impact Grant from Arlington Community Foundation

Doorways for Women and Families and Northern Virginia Family Services received $80,000 Community Impact Grant from Arlington Community Foundation to benefit local, at-risk youth

Doorways for Women and Families and Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) have been jointly awarded an $80,000 Community Impact Grant from the Arlington Community Foundation to support their collaborative efforts to launch a pilot Pathways for Youth program to provide young families who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness with trauma-informed care and developmentally targeted services to address life-skills development and complex trauma needs.

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Community Foundation Grants Focus on Collaboration

The Arlington Community Foundation has awarded new Community Impact Grants worth $105,000 in an effort to address the needs of vulnerable youth.

A collaborative effort between Doorways for Women and Families and Northern Virginia Family Service was presented with an $80,000 grant to launch the “Pathways for Youth” program, aimed at developing and mentoring life skills and providing non-traditional treatment and counseling for local youths.

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2016 Pentagon Walk-A-Lap for a Survivor (Photo by Arthur Mondale, Pentagram)

Doorways for Women and Families Participates in “Walk-A-Lap for a Survivor” Event Hosted by the Pentagon

Pentagon hosts mass demonstration to combat sexual assault in the military, DoD

By Arthur Mondale, Pentagram Staff Writer

“There’s a special amount of energy dedicated to sexual assault during the month of April to promote sexual assault awareness—but really every day we do a lot of work—and there are plenty of opportunities throughout the year for people to either get involved or access support and services,” said Christa Carlton, Doorways for Women and Families Domestic and Sexual Violence Program Director, at the second annual Walk-A-Lap for a Survivor event hosted by the Pentagon.

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Doorways for Women and Families at 2016 Pentagon Walk-A-Lap for a Survivor (Photo by Arthur Mondale, Pentagram)
Photo by Arthur Mondale

“‘We’re here to educate people and dispel the myths surrounding sexual assaults, rape and the statistics on the prevalence of the problem,’ said Melanie Carlson, a rep with Doorways for Women and Families, who was dressed as a carnival sideshow host testing people’s sexual assault awareness with the ‘Wheel of Knowledge’ as they walked a lap for a sexual assault survivor. The underlying purpose of the game was to ensure people walked away more engaged and informed about sexual assault prevention and awareness.”

See more information about Doorways’ Sexual Assault Awareness Month events and activities, and learn more about Doorways’ critical response to survivors in our community. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for more news and updates.