Our Impact

How your support makes a difference

Through your generosity, survivors, youth, and families find safe harbor, healing, and hope. Read their stories, learn about Doorways’ record of success, and hear directly from our clients.

Stories of New Hope

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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How to Be Heard: Gina’s Story

Twelve-year-old Gina* moved into Doorways’ Family Home with her mom last fall. Gina and her mom had stayed at the Family Home before. Although they had moved out of shelter into housing, due to a medical disability, Gina’s mom was unable to keep up with work and bills, and the family became homeless once again.   … Continue reading How to Be Heard: Gina’s Story

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From Surviving to Thriving: Rachael’s Story

When Rachael determined that staying in her home was a matter of life and death, she had nowhere to go. Though she had endured years of abuse at the hands of her husband, his behaviors were escalating, and she just knew in her gut that this time, he could be capable of taking her life. … Continue reading From Surviving to Thriving: Rachael’s Story

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Our Record of Success

Hear from our clients by watching the videos and reading the stories on this page. For more information about our client outcomes, read our latest annual report.

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