On the morning of Halloween (October 31st), Doorways staff will visit Alice West Fleet Elementary School to talk about homelessness and how we help our neighbors.
After lunch, join us at for a costume community walk! For years, Patrick Henry Elementary School students and staff have supported our community through this special event, and in many other ways. We are thrilled to continue the tradition with you at Alice West Fleet Elementary School!
Help your Arlington neighbors who are experiencing and moving beyond homelessness. Your donation provides pathways to a safe, stable, and empowered life, including emergency shelter and wraparound support services. Thank you creating a lasting impact for our clients and our community!
If you have any questions about this form or your donation, please contact Linley Beckbridge at (703) 504-9283 or LBeckbridge@DoorwaysVA.org. Thank you for supporting your neighbors at Doorways!
A Visit from Doorways
Following a years-long tradition from Patrick Henry, Doorways will visit Fleet on Halloween to engage some of our community’s youngest members in giving back.
Fleet teachers sign up to welcome guest speakers from Doorways to talk about homelessness (at an age-appropriate level) with students. Doorways’ staff help students understand more about the challenges facing some of their neighbors, while also empowering them to feel able to help. Year after year, students’ kindness, generosity, and dedication to helping one another shine through, inspiring us all!
After lunch, Fleet students, teachers, and administrators will put on their Halloween costumes and walk in support of our neighbors experiencing homelessness!
Use the form above to donate and support your student(s) in the walk while also supporting your neighbors at Doorways. Your donation is life-changing for kids like Juan (read his story here) and their families.
To those who’ve already joined us, thank you for investing in our clients and our community. To those just learning about Doorways, welcome, and thank you in advance for your support!
Learn About Family Homelessness in Arlington
When we think about people who are experiencing homelessness, we usually think about adults. But at Doorways, more than half of our clients are kids.
Sadly, millions of children experience homelessness every year. In fact, more families experience homelessness in the United States than in any other industrialized nation, the Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth reports. One in 30 American children experience homelessness annually; 51% are under age five. Homeless families relocate constantly, which results in the children being pulled out of school and away from friends. Learn more about family homelessness.
Did you know? The primary cause of homelessness is a lack of affordable housing. One in four renters spends more than half their income on housing. In Arlington County, a community member would need to work more than 4 full-time jobs at minimum wage to afford a 2-bedroom at Fair Market Rent. Domestic violence is also a leading cause of family homelessness.
Homelessness impacts children and families in nearly every way. Learn more about the impact on kids and youth. To address these impacts, in addition to safe and stable housing, services are critical to families moving beyond homelessness.
“Housing is essential to ending homelessness, but it is not sufficient,” the Bassuk Center reports. “Families need basic supports beyond decent affordable housing to thrive: food, education, employment, child care, transportation, health and mental health care, trauma-informed care, and children’s services.” The Bassuk Center reports that more than 90% of providers agree that “services are necessary for families to remain stably housed, and that services need to be provided as soon as families become homeless and continue after they are permanently housed.”
The Doorways Model
Doorways understands that the causes of youth family homelessness are profound and varied, and that our clients’ needs often go beyond housing. Our response includes emergency shelter, long-term supportive housing and comprehensive support services to address children and families’ needs.
With the support of community members like you, Doorways puts thousands of parents and children on paths to brighter futures by providing:
- An immediate, safe response to our neighbors in crisis
- Safe housing options, from emergency shelter through long-term housing, including the Freddie Mac Foundation Family Home and the HomeStart Supportive Housing Program
- Comprehensive support services that help our clients achieve and maintain stability, including dedicated Children’s Services and a Financial Independence Track
We are successful because we treat each person as an individual, tailoring our programs and services to help every adult and child we serve overcome challenges, build life skills and ultimately unlock their full potential. Thanks to you and your support, we offer real options and multiple pathways to build brighter futures, from immediate crisis intervention to counseling, housing and employment support.