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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.

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

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.

Arlington Community Comes Together for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Doorways for Women and Families is calling on Arlington community members to learn more about the issue and take action to raise awareness this month. Doorways, a nonprofit community service organization that creates pathways out of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault, provides support and services to individuals and families impacted by these issues as well as community education and advocacy to address their root causes.

During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Doorways is partnering with the U.S. Department of Defense, the Arlington County Police Department, the Metro Transit Police Department, the City of Alexandria’s Sexual Assault Center, PAVE, the Marymount University Counseling Center and more to raise awareness at various events throughout Arlington. On April 6, Doorways encourages community members to participate in Start By Believing Day, which stresses the importance of people’s reactions to friends and family members’ disclosures of assault, by committing to believe survivors when they say they’ve been raped or sexually assaulted. Community members can also demonstrate support for survivors by wearing teal for Teal Out on April 20. Additional information about these and more ways to make an impact are available at www.DoorwaysVA.org/SAAM.

Raising awareness that interpersonal violence impacts people in Arlington is an important part of addressing these issues. “It can be difficult to grasp the scope of the problem in our community because these issues are often hidden” said Doorways President and CEO Caroline Jones.  Last year alone, Doorways responded to 1,244 callers through their 24-hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline—a 53 percent increase over calls received the previous year—impacting 2,012 adults and children. “Thankfully, more and more people are becoming aware of the hotline and are feeling empowered to reach out to us to access the resources they need,” said Jones.

Through the hotline, Doorways offers free and confidential crisis support, information and referrals 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, survivors of sexual assault can access Doorways’ trained staff and volunteers to accompany them to area hospitals for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.) exams. This accompaniment support is offered in partnership with Arlington County’s Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.  Hotline support is available to all survivors, regardless of their choice to pursue medical attention and/or legal action. For those in need of safe shelter to escape interpersonal violence, Doorways’ Domestic Violence Safehouse can also be accessed through the hotline.

By coming together during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we can help one another better understand the realities of sexual assault, survivors’ varied needs and so critically learn together how best to prevent and respond to sexual violence as a community.

“We are so grateful to our community partners who are supporting Doorways’ safe, immediate response to survivors and helping to educate our community,” said Jones. “By coming together during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we can help one another better understand the realities of sexual assault, survivors’ varied needs and so critically learn together how best to prevent and respond to sexual violence as a community.”

To learn more about how Doorways creates pathways leading to safe, stable and empowered lives, and to join the cause, visit www.DoorwaysVA.org. If you or someone you know needs support, please call Doorways’ 24-hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline at (703) 237-0881.

Women’s Foundation Awards $50,000 Grants to Doorways for Women and Families

Washington Area Women’s Foundation Awards $820,000 in Grants to DC-Area Nonprofits

Investments Fund Early Care and Education, Asset Building, Workforce Development and Job Training

Washington Area Women’s Foundation announced today grants totaling $820,000 to 22 local nonprofits dedicated to improving the economic security of low-income women and girls in the Washington metropolitan region. With this grant docket, Washington Area Women’s Foundation increases its grantmaking by 30 percent over last year’s investments. The Women’s Foundation is the only donor-supported, public foundation solely focused on improving the economic security of women and girls in the Washington region.

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Matrix Group Launches Redesigned Site for Doorways for Women and Families

Originally posted by Matrix Group International, Inc. on matrixgroup.net.

Matrix Group, a digital agency in the Washington DC area specializing in web design, development, AMS, integration, mobile and e-marketing services, announces the launch a newly redesigned website for Arlington, VA’s Doorways for Women and Families.

Doorways for Women and Families (often called “Doorways”) is an organization that takes a multi-pronged approach to helping women and families in crisis find safety and shelter, address trauma and develop skills for self-sufficiency, and ultimately, build a brighter future. The organization started as a grassroots movement in 1978 and has grown to offer many paths for women, men, and children to move out of poverty and instability into safe housing, solid employment, and long-term stability.

The previous site had served its purpose for many years. It educated survivor, supporter, and donor alike and helped people take the first steps out of homelessness, domestic violence, and sexual assault. However, with an ever-increasing number of Americans exclusively using their phones to navigate the internet – and with a key part of their audience unable to access the internet from a home – Doorways knew the time had come for a new, responsive site.

Matrix Group and Doorways have long been partners, so when the organization came to us with the need for an updated, modern website, we were eager to make large-scale changes. We:

  • Crafted a bold, new design that visually reflects the energy and momentum of the organization and its mission.
  • Developed a responsive site, one that anyone can reach and easily navigate on phone or tablet, which increases the reach of their educational and fundraising efforts.
  • Migrated the site into the versatile, open-source, easy-to-use WordPress content management system. Staff members have even greater control over the smallest of details of the site, allowing them to keep the information fresh and up-to-date.

“There are no adequate words to appropriately thank Matrix Group for donating their valuable time and expertise in designing our beautiful new site,” says Caroline Jones, President and CEO of Doorways for Women and Families. “As an agency that provides a 24-hour response to women, men and children in harm’s way, it is critical that our website be easily accessible and highly responsive. The team at Matrix thought of every detail and supported us at every step along the way. We are thrilled with the results and could not be more grateful for our partnership!”