Hear from Our Clients

For many of us, the word “home” conjures images of warmth, happiness and a sense of belonging. But what if the only place you have to call home was where someone was causing you (and your children) harm? What if home doesn’t exist at all, and the only way to stay off the street is to sleep in a car or hotel or ask friend after friend for a couch to crash on? These situations affect more people than you might imagine, including adults, youth and children. These issues impact people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races and religions. 

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. 

“The words ‘thank you’ aren’t big. It’s like they don’t mean enough to express how grateful I am for everything that Doorways has done for me and my family, and given me… I think what I’m going to take from this is, it’s so much bigger than just ‘thanks.'”

“Doorways really helped me get back on track. They opened those doors and created those opportunities. So, getting those keys and signing the lease, and having my own apartment, was just like a huge relief. I just was so excited to finally…have my own place and have a home to give my daughter.”

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Need help?

You are not alone. If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse in our community, call Arlington’s 24-hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline 703-237-0881 for information and support. Please call 911 if you are experiencing a life-threatening situation.

Not in Arlington?

Doorways provides shelter and services to individuals and families in Arlington, Virginia. Please see alternative resources here.