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Doorways Releases Newsletter and Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report

Doorways’ Campaign for Brighter Futures

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.

Download our latest newsletter to learn more about the Campaign for Brighter Futures, client stories, how gift cards empower our clients, the Doorways Model, stakeholder spotlights, and much more:

Read our latest newsletter

Special thanks to Doorways Corporate Ambassador Mack Sumner Communications for their beautiful pro bono design of this newsletter and annual report.

Articles include:

  • Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report
  • The Power of Plastic: How gift cards empower our clients
  • The Doorways Model: Responding to crisis, providing safe housing and empowering stable lives
  • Services Matter: New research that validates a holistic approach to family homelessness
  • Client Journeys: Meet Daniel, Sasha and Monique
  • Meet Our Campain Co-Chairs
  • Plus more!

More than 10,000 Women’s March and inauguration attendees have donated their unused Metro cards

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.”

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Helping People One Ride at a Time

“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.”

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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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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.

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

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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!”