Our Impact

How your support makes a difference

Through your generosity, survivors, youth, and families find safe harbor, healing, and hope. Read the stories below to learn how your support has helped make an impact.

Stories of New Hope

Rachelle’s Story

“911, what is your emergency?” “Please come quick! My mom hit my dad and now he won’t wake up.” “Where are you? Are you safe?” “I’m hiding in my room.” Like most kids, Rachelle knew how to dial 911. And like most parents, her dad taught her how in case of emergency – hoping she … Continue reading Rachelle’s Story

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Sam’s Story

Sam* and her emotional support dog entered Doorways’ Safehouse after fleeing domestic abuse. Sam was unemployed and facing mental health and financial challenges that were affecting her ability to function and complete day-to-day tasks. Sam applied for an apartment of her own with Doorways’ HomeStart Supportive Housing Program. HomeStart utilizes the best practice of Housing … Continue reading Sam’s Story

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Juan’s New Home

Do you remember waking up on the first day of school with a sense of anticipation? You rolled out of bed and got dressed in your favorite outfit. You filled your backpack with bright folders, new packs of paper, and a box of sharpened pencils. Your stomach flipped with nerves as you walked out the … Continue reading Juan’s New Home

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Together, At Home: John’s Story

John came to Doorways’ Home Start Supportive Housing Program after staying in Arlington County’s shelter for single adults at PathForward. While John was living in the shelter, his six-year-old daughter was temporarily staying with family, because he did not want her living in a shelter. John and his daughter had lived in several states over … Continue reading Together, At Home: John’s Story

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Baby Steps: Brianna’s Story

Baby Brianna came to Doorways with her mom due to domestic violence. Brianna was just one year old when her family entered Doorways’ shelter. She loved to play with Doorways’ staff whenever they visited with her. Because her mom did not have the support system or resources she needed, Brianna was not enrolled in childcare. … Continue reading Baby Steps: Brianna’s Story

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