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What’s It Like at Doorways?

Is Doorways for me?

Doorways’ full name is Doorways for Women and Families. Because of this, some people may question whether or not Doorways is for them: “What if I’m not a woman?” “What if I’m a man?” “What if I was assigned female at birth, but I don’t identify as a woman?” “What if I’m nonbinary?” “What if I don’t have children?”

Doorways serves survivors of intimate partner violence and youth and families experiencing homelessness—not just women and children. We serve women, men, and those who identify as LGBTQ+. We serve people of all ages—adults, youth, and children.

Yes, we serve men. Yes, we serve youth. Yes, we serve those who identify as LGBTQ+ and respect those identities, names and pronouns. And we’re working to make all of our spaces as safe as possible for the diverse clients we serve. Learn more.

About Day-to-Day Life at Doorways

Here are a few of stories from community members like you who’ve come through our many doorways seeking safety, stability, hope and, ultimately, a home. Watch videos.

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Need help?

Doorways provides shelter and services to individuals and families in Arlington, Virginia. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse in our community, call our 24-hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline 703-237-0881 for information and support. Please call 911 if you are experiencing a life-threatening situation.

Access to Doorways’ Freddie Mac Foundation Family Home* and other Arlington homeless shelters is provided through Arlington County’s Centralized Access System (CAS). If you or someone you know is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in our community:

  • Contact the Department of Human Services Community Assistance Bureau at 703-228-1300 for help if you or someone you know is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
  • In case of shelter need during non-business hours, households should call 703-228-1010 for assistance.

Not in Arlington?

Please see alternative resources here.

Where can I put my belongings?

There is limited storage space onsite for families entering a Doorways home. Our staff will assess the families’ storage needs with them to determine what can enter the home and what might need to be stored offsite based on our capacity and policies. There are a few storage facilities in Arlington County that assist Doorways residents. The Crisis Assistance Bureau can also provide financial assistance in paying for storage if necessary.

Where can my pets go?

Domestic Violence Safehouse

In May 2009, Doorways became one of nine shelters in the country to have the capacity to offer shelter and other critical services to animals and their owners who are fleeing homes with violence. Animals must be able to live outside in the Doorways Safehouse Kennel. Learn more about the Doorways Safehouse Kennel.

Freddie Mac Foundation Family Home

Currently, the Family Home is not able to provide shelter for animals. The Animal Welfare League is a good resource for people needing shelter for their pets. They are able to shelter cats, dogs and other small companion pets for two weeks free of charge. The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is only able to serve Arlington County and Falls Church residents.

Animal Welfare League of Arlington
Phone: 703-931-2568
2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr.
Arlington, VA 22206