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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: AIDS, Health, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Housing Expense Reduction Support, Human Services, Rehabilitative Care

Mission: DOORWAYS maintains a continuum of housing services designed to meet the ever-changing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS in the St. Louis area, ensuring that none face homelessness and all may live with optimum health. This goal is driven by DOORWAYS' conviction that secure housing is the foundation for the most efficient, cost-effective and compassionate approach to the treatment, management and prevention of HIV/AIDS. Its special concern is for the very poor and their dependent children, those whose needs cannot be fully met by public assistance or by friends and families. DOORWAYS serves those affected by AIDS and HIV-related illnesses, regardless of religion, race, age, gender, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability. Since its founding in 1988, DOORWAYS has served 3,250 households and currently assists 485 and 85 children each month through its housing programs.

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 2,800 individuals

Programs: Interfaith residence improved the health of 2,800 people living with HIV/AIDS who need affordable housing and their family members. This was accomplished through our five programs. The own home program works to prevent homelessness for those who are unstably housed. Own home provided emergency housing, rent, mortgage, utility assistance and move-in subsidies to 1,162 people living with hiv/aids and their families. Own home provided 4,224 monthly units of housing. The own home program added an employment and self-sufficiency specialist to its team and expanded its services to its clients as a result. Cooper house is a residential care facility that offered permanent supportive housing for 45 people with hiv/aids who cannot live independently due to mental and physical concerns. Cooper house provides 24-hour nursing care. Cooper house provided 304 monthly units of housing, a 25% increase in services over the previous year. The residential program serves people affected by hiv/aids who are capable of independent living but whose financial and health issues limit their ability to pay fair market rent. Seven apartment buildings in the city of st. Louis provided healthy housing to 124 people living with hiv/aids and their families. The residential program provided 1,164 monthly units of housing. The outstate program, doorways' farthest reaching program, brought services to 166 people living with hiv/aids and their families in more than 100 underserved and rural communities in missouri and illinois. Outstate provided 1,149 monthly units of housing. Jumpstart is a program designed for homeless single parents with hiv/aids. Jumpstart provided rental assistance and supportive services for 19 single-parent families in st. Louis. Jumpstart provided 221 monthly units of housing.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Bill121

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been aware of Doorways for 26 years. From the beginning through now it has provided essential housing support for the local HIV/AIDS community. Doorways accomplishes its goals (both at its organizational and staffing levels) with compassion and dedication.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Doorways is something special!!!!! I do not say this lightly. Over the last 10 years of my life working in non-profit, I must say the experience has not always been the best and could be very stressful. However, when I started my journey here with Doorways, this organization changed my total perspective and taught me the difference between management and leadership. It definitely says something about a place when your excited to see what's new on the horizon. In my short time here I have also had the opportunity to watch people be empowered to do what they love and to be supported during the journey.
Great Job Team!!!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

DOORWAYS started as a grassroots organization that helped people living with AIDS a dignified place to die. NOW, it serves people who need supports to live the most independent, fulfilling lives possible. DOORWAYS meets people right where they are and does not pass judgement. Excellent work!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a board member as well as a former client/resident. I am so thankful for this organization. They were there for me at a time in my life when I had nowhere to go and no one to turn too. I was sick and malnourished. DOORWAYS took me in and provided me with much needed assistance getting medical care. Also they provided me a warm safe place to live where I could get better. The staff gave me hope for a brighter day. I began to believe in life again and that I had a future in it. Today I am healthy, happy and living independently. I attribute a lot of this to the love, care, and support I received and still receive from DOORWAYS.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a member of the board of Doorways, I applaud the leadership of Opal Jones in building and strengthening a dedicated staff who provide outstanding supportive services to our clients who are living with HIV and AIDS. Housing is a basic need and a critical component to a person's health and life. This is what Doorways is providing to people who are coping with this chronic illness. Through the services provided by Doorways--such services as assistance with managing medications, teaching job and parenting skills, and, of course, securing a stable, safe residence--clients are able to achieve renewed independence and higher levels of physical, mental and emotional health. In addition to delivering life-transforming care for clients, Doorways demonstrates excellent stewardship of its resources, including finances and residential facilities, as well as planning for its future with strategic focus.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Doorways for a few years now. I can state unequivocally that Doorways is a loving caring organization that takes excellent care of its clients and staff. They care. I am proud of the work they do for people living with HIV/AIDS. I hope my association with them will continue for many years to come.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with Doorways and have consistently been impressed with the combination of client-centered care and high quality professional standards. Doorways provides crucial housing assistance and stability for families and individuals living with HIV, thereby enhancing health and well being in myriad ways. It's been a great privilege to see clients' health improve as a direct result of the housing and other important services offered by Doorways.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for Doorways for two reasons. One, it produces results for people living with HIV/AIDS living in the St. Louis region and beyond. Two, as a volunteer it offers me the opportunity to put my skill set to work making a difference every day and treats me with the same respect and dignity if offers its clients. A top notch organization! Jennifer Jones, Volunteer

Review from Guidestar

3 Justine4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

With 20 years of experience working in the nonprofit field, I value the integrity with which DOORWAYS conducts itself as a nonprofit in the business of improving the health of the bi-state region. The organization has a living wage policy for its employees, offers great benefits and support. The administration conducts itself within all accepted best practices in its management style. The programming staff provides outstanding service to its clients. As an organization that started in 1988, DOORWAYS has grown into a national leader in both the housing and HIV fields. Until HIV and homelessness are no longer issues that need to be addressed, I am glad DOORWAYS is here.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Management at this organization has it's best interest in mind. They do not take care of the type needs there type tenants require. The Gertrude building comes to mind as a major health hazardous building. It is not energy efficient as doors, windows, and tuck point needs to be done. It has asbestos air ducts in its basements, the back decks are falling apart. The front porch is cracking from foundation issues and walls on inside are cracking. If tenant reports any problems they get the " if you do not like it move" quoted verbatim. All tenant are with severe health issues and deserve better. The appliances are not energy efficient the floors are paper thin and uneven in some apartments to the point you have hard time placing furniture. It is really sad that the tenant's are being treated trash and the landlord's have not even completed there kitchens with baseboards and painting after the did the crap design of an eat in kitchen area. Opal Jones was head of that disaster.

Review from Guidestar