Since 1975, Doorways has welcomed those with nowhere else to go. When it began, it provided nights in a hotel for those in desperate need. Now, two emergency shelters, a long-term housing program, and holistic support services help homeless families and domestic violence survivors heal from trauma – and aim for independence. Doorways offers counseling and referrals for adults, physical and emotional support for youth (50% of clients are children), court advocacy and companionship for those seeking formal protection from an abuser, and individual financial education, along with a 24-hour hotline for those escaping violence or shielding a loved one. It all makes a vital difference: Last year, 94% of Safehouse households broke the cycle of violence and did not return to abusive living situations and 99% of children with social-emotional issues received services and counseling. You know, as Doorways does, that everyone deserves a safe home.
Headquarters: VA-Arlington County
Where They Operate: VA-Arlington County
Age Groups Served: All
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic
Population(s) Served: All; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members
- Number of Clients Served:
2,146 in FY13
- % of clients who met goals of increased stability/self sufficiency in areas of housing, employment and economic wellness in FY13:
- % of clients exiting programs into safe, positive, long-term housing (FY13):
- Average increase in annual wealth accumulation by families participating in the Financial Independence Track (FY13):
- Number of adults & children assisted with protective orders and other legal protections to keep them safe from intimate partner violence, in FY13:
Awards & Recognition
2009 winner of The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management from Center for Nonprofit Advancement
Awarded top ratings from Charity Navigator for eight years in a row.
Selected as “one of the great charities” in the December 2008 by Washingtonian magazine
Accredited by the The Virginia Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, indicating adherence to rigorous standards
Winner of the 2013 HomeAid of Northern Virginia Non-Profit Service Provider Project of the Year
Named a 2015 Best Nonprofit by the Arlington Sun Gazette
Awarded the 2014 James B. Hunter Human Rights Award
President & CEO, Caroline Jones, won the 2014 Brava Award
- Domestic violence reports got "much more severe" during the pandemic
Thu Jun 10 2021, The Lily, A Product of The Washington Post
It took a few months for hotline calls to start increasing, but when they did, the reports were "much more severe" than usual.
- What it's like to learn online from inside a homeless shelter
Sat Jan 23 2021, The Washington Post
The advent of online learning means it is easier than ever for homeless children to slip through cracks in the educational system.
- Community Efforts Breathes New Life Into Doorways' Safehouse
Tue Sep 10 2013, Arlington Sun Gazette
A three-week, intensive renovation project late last winter has brought Doorways Domestic Violence Safehouse up to modern standards!
- Worlds Apart
Thu Nov 1 2012, Arlington Magazine
Highlights Doorways among other Homeless Services Providers in Arlington, Virginia.
- Doorways Safehouse Saves Women, Children and Pets from Domestic Violence
Mon Feb 20 2012, Examiner.com
Highlights our Safekennel for pets of DV survivors seeking shelter at our Domestic Violence Safehouse
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