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Mission Statement

Doorways for Women and Families creates pathways out of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault leading to safe, stable and empowered lives.


Arlington, Virginia non-profit that provides shelter and support services to women and families who are homeless and/or domestic violence survivors.

Our approach:

For most of us, the word "home" conjures images of warmth, happiness, and a sense of belonging. But what if the only place you had to call home was where someone was causing you and your children harm? What if home didn’t exist at all, and the only way to keep your children off the street was to sleep in a car or beg friend after friend for a couch? These situations affect more Arlingtonians than you might imagine. A safe home is the first step in moving out of harm’s way. It’s why we offer women and families a nurturing, confidential and secure home where they can escape from trauma. We work with each woman and family we serve to address the root causes of homelessness or violence and offer holistic services that provide the best chance for long-term success. The thought of ending homelessness and domestic violence is daunting, but what once seemed impossible, no longer is. Together, we can prevent violence, end homelessness, and build brighter futures for thousands of Arlington families.





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Average Review 6 reviews

Would you recommend Doorways for Women and Families?

by Sarah G. (2015-02-24 17:13:36.0)
If you are looking for a way to truly be involved within your community, then Doorways is it. This organization allows you to be a part of the process, and as said in a previous review, you aren't just stuffing envelopes. I can't begin to explain how much I've learned since volunteering with Doorways. You really couldn't find a better group of individuals to learn and grow with. If you are interested in advocating/volunteering for survivors of domestic violence and homelessness- this is where you need to be!!!
by Miguel B. from Arlington, VA (2015-02-24 13:39:04.0)
I have been volunteering with Doorways for almost two years and it has been an incredible experience. I work in the Domestic Violence portion of Doorways and volunteering in their Safehouse and answering calls on the 24 hour hotline have allowed me to be a small part of addressing the huge problem of domestic violence in this country. I was a bit concerned about being accepted as a guy in this type of environment, but both the Doorways staff and the clients have been amazing and supportive. I feel like I have been absolutely privileged to be one of the men who volunteers in this amazing organization and I hope that I can encourage more men to do so as well.
by Maria V. (2014-11-21 11:57:03.0)
Great organization that strengthens the community
by Elena B. (2014-10-15 14:49:58.0)
I highly recommend volunteering with Doorways for Women and Families. I'm a Coverage Volunteer for the Family Home, which means I help keep the family shelter and the hotline running when staff aren't available. Where Doorways excels relative to other organizations is investing in training volunteers to be handle 'high-level' tasks so you're not just stuffing envelopes! Doorways provides holistic services to shelter residents -- it is great being a part of a family's journey from crisis and homelessness to stable housing and a better life. Although the shelter's clients have significant barriers/challenges, the atmosphere/mood at the shelter is positive/uplifting -- with lots of kids! Doorways has a variety of opportunities to reflect a range of possible commitment levels.
by Elizabeth R. (2014-09-10 08:45:49.0)
Doorways is a great organization to be a part of. I am a proud volunteer for Doorways because it gives me the chance to work with people in need and to work/ play with children. Doorways gives you all the training you need get through any unfamilar situation and motivates you to help out any way you can. Clients are understanding to your position and the staff is amazing. They work with your schedule, maintain communication with volunteers, and they will help you any way that they can. If you are a person who loves to help people and wants to get more involved within the community you should check out Doorways for Women and Families.