Creating Pathways to Safe, Stable and Empowered Lives
The work of Doorways for Women and Families is highlighted in the April 2017 edition of the Arlingtonian.
“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.”
“People are donating their fare cards to help low-income people get to and from work, school and doctor’s offices on Washington’s subway.”
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.”
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.
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.
Learn more about the Campaign for Brighter Futures.
Photos by Joyce N. Boghosian of Boghosian/Naltchayan Photography
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.”
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.
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.
“‘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.
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.
— TheWomen’sFoundation (@TheWomensFndtn) December 22, 2015
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:
“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!”
Keller Williams Arlington Community Total Support (KW ACTS) was honored to host the 8th Annual Bridging the Gap Gala. The event raised funds and brought community attention to two of Arlington’s housing focused non-profits, Doorways for Women and Families and A-SPAN (Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network).