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Open Doors

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Financial Counseling, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Human Services

Mission: Empowering families to eradicate poverty and abuse from their own lives by building self-reliance and strengthening family relationships.

Results: For fiscal year 2017-2018 Open Doors was able to serve over 11,200 individuals with services.

Target demographics: eradicate poverty and abuse in our community by providing support services that bring positive change to individuals and families.

Geographic areas served: Davis and Morgan counties in Utah

Programs: Emergency child care, homeless prevention, food assistance, parent education and therapy programs are just some of the ways the Open Doors serves as Davis and Morgan county's local family support center.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an award winning Ally only because I do what I love. I could put my time anywhere but I choose to align with a program that is focused on impacting poverty in a community I grew up in and experienced poverty first hand. Lamont Hampton is the captain of our ship and we remain clear on our goal. Graduating families into a better life they all deserve. Our chapter is the best.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

For twenty months, I've been a volunteer/ally. I love this program and how it is dedicated to help teach people who are struggling with issues with money, jobs, housing, healthcare, and sometimes, basic life skills. I love these families! They are very open to sharing their knowledge and resources with one another, that it is easy to stay onboard and be there each week. "A week without Circles is like a week without sunshine!"

2 Maria S.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'd like to leave a review regarding my case manager with the Rapid ReHousing Program, Julia Morales...
When I met her she helped me not only in emergency assistance with food, but also helped me with the Rapid ReHousing Program and ppwk. She encouraged me, always helping me to learn new ways of becoming self sufficient. She has been the best advocate I have had. I appreciate everything that she and Open Doors has done for me and taught me!! Thank you Julia!! You're amazing!!

Review from Guidestar

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Open doors is a great resource in the community. We love using the nursery for respite care when we have appointments schedule or I just need some self care. My kids love going so much they are always asking when they are scheduled again. The staff is friendly, kind, respectful, and very knowledgable.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Open doors is a great resource if needed. They do so much for the community. The staff are very knowledgeable and polite.

3 ruie801

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Eight months ago I began attending weekly meetings at a community church hosted by #daviscountycircles. I was going through the second hardest year of my life and was at a crossroad. I now know it was a make or break time. I found tools for self reliance every week and applied them to my life. I climbed out of a hole that almost kept me. Lamont Hampton (and his caring team) gave me back my self worth. I now am trying to pay it forward. Every week we help each other as a family. I am SOOOO proud to be a part of #circlesusa! Circlesusa Ending poverty in the richest nation in the history of this world.

3 Jenney F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely LOVE this place, the people, and what they do for the community! They have helped my family immensely! So much so we were able to rise above poverty! When life happens, go see these amazing people!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I volunteered at the Food Bank for about 2 hours. We were asked to sort food which had been brought in from Sam's Club nearby. It was frozen and included breads of all kinds and many varieties of desserts. We filled the shelves with them and tried to put them in order and make them look inviting. We were very impressed with the amount of food that is available to families in need. Many mothers as well as fathers came to fill their food carts with food. Not only was there bread and dessert, but there were also many other kinds of food available. The operation was managed very efficiently and all the employees seemed happy and very interested in the welfare of everyone that came.

Mike and Jeanie McBride

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I use to work for The Family Connection Center and I must say by far it was the most rewarding and inspirational place to work. I had a first hand experience on what this organization would and could give and I would always see everyone go the extra mile to encourage, help, support, in anything the public needed. If you ever need a little boost in the soul I highly suggest volunteering, donating, and even becoming a Family Connection Center client.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've donated to a lot of food banks over the years through scouting and other community and neighborhood activities. I like to volunteer to help take the food to the food banks because I like to see how they do things there. I like the Family Connection Center food bank because of how I've seen the guys in the warehouse and volunteers work with the people. Everybody is respectful. Plus I've never seen a food bank with so much fresh fruit and vegetables and meat that the clients get to have. Usually it's just cans of food, but it looks like these guys get really great stuff to help families.

2 Garry B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for about a year at FCC documenting their giving operation to the community in photos. I'm amazed with the many volunteers; for instance about 50 helpers from Hill AFB came one Saturday to help unload several semi-trailers of food. So quick the trucks were unloaded using a chain of people handing off to each other.

Also it is quite different the FCC approached in that they aren't a free handout, but teach the user skills to help lift them up. They also have a daycare for parents to use while looking for jobs. What a service!

From my experience a community cannot have just one pantry, there needs to be more for the better. FCC fills a gap in the community.

Best,
Garry Bryant

3 Paul145

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Family Connection Center is a great resource for residents of Davis County. Their services help assist families in becoming self-reliant and get out of poverty. By conducting regular community wide needs assessments the Family Connection Center stays abreast of true community issues and problems and provides solutions to really change the lives of people. They do great work and are an integral part of the community.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The staff at the Davis Community Learning Center is continually utilizing the services at the Family Connection Center (FCS) for our clients. We work with families in the Davis School District that are in some form of crisis. We rely on the FCS to meet many of their basic needs. FCS will also assist individuals to develop a pathway to independence. Their dedicated employees are experienced in helping with a variety of issues and if they aren’t able to meet the needs of our clients they know where to direct us in the community to get the help we need for our clients/families. I don’t know what we or Davis County would do without this great organization. There just isn’t any other service organization doing what they do here and they do it with professionalism and heart. --Merri Ann Perkins, Director of Davis Community Learning Center

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a former Board member of the Family Connection Center, I saw first hand the value and benefit that that the FCC provided Davis County. They do not just give a hand out to those in need, but rather a hand up in assisting with physical needs as well as educating and promoting self reliance. A few years ago we decided at my place of business to do a fund raiser at our annual golf outing to help a local non profit. We chose the FCC because of the wonderful benefits they provide the community. Each year we have a double or nothing hole on a tough par 3. They put up a few dollars, and if their ball lands within the circle on the green they can double their wager. The awesome thing about the golfers at our event is that even if they do hit within the circle they donate all the winnings back to the FCC. Our company then takes the total and doubles it. I truly am grateful for the work this non profit does within the county. Thanks Family Connection Center!!

2 Tamara20

Board Member

Rating: 4

I'm a consumer representative on the Board of directors for the FCC for 9 years. I've seen many great things happening with the FCC over the years. Many success stories of families who have been helped in getting self-sufficient. Great nursery for those who need help with child care when parents are in a pinch. A food bank that serves many throughout our communities. And a safe haven for those who need some added support. Great board members volunteering their time to make these programs successful. The staff members are friendly and work very hard to maintain and run such a special program to help with those in need. These programs are so important in helping many get back on tract to have successful lives. Thank you for all your services and keep up the great work now and in the future. - Tamara Pont

2 Amanda146

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a counselor intern with FCC; and have been here for over a year. I am grateful for the opportunity that I have been given to meet and get to know not just the clients but the staff at Family Connection. From the time I began I have been welcomed by the staff. I also would like to say that I have had an amazing supervisor who has helped me grow and become a better counselor. I am sad to be leaving but happy to be leaving with the knowledge that the staff, clients, and my supervisor have given me.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my family was in need of help, the Family Connection Center was our answer. With life crashing down all around us, the caring counselors and staff at the FCC were more than willing to extend a helping hand and assist us in putting our lives back in order. Without the compassionate care, education, empathy, and dedication my family received during what was, to us, a pivotal moment in time, we certainly would not be doing as well as we are (thankfully) today. My children were comfortable talking through tough issues with caring and gentle counselors and were given tools to help them find peace and comfort during our difficult time. As their mother, that meant everything to me. I, too, received the same quality of care and found all those with whom I interacted to be genuinely concerned & supportive with a wealth of knowledge, insight, and advice. I wasn't just another client to this organization... when I met with my counselor or worked with a staff member... I felt like I was his/her ONLY client. Although I found the FCC by chance during a moment of family crisis, I will continue to find the FCC by choice anytime myself or my family has need of any of their services. This is an amazing organization and I owe them many thanks!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I personally like that the Family Connection Center makes a direct impact on our community. I feel like my time and donations are helping make our community a better place for everyone to live. I love that their programs really help people avoid poverty and abuse through education while giving short-term support.

For 3 years now, our youth group has held a food drive for the Family Connection Center. It is great to see the youth gain an understanding of how they can help others that may not be as fortunate as them.

Review from Guidestar