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.
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.
by Anna B. from Arlington, VA
I have been volunteering with Doorways for over two years & it has made a significant impact on my life. I worked with a women's shelter while in college so I was instantly drawn to Doorways mission, however the volunteer opportunities here are substantially different. There are various tracks you can decide upon whether you prefer to work with children, adults, admin support, etc. there's something for everyone. I selected a very unique track called SARA or Sexual Assault Response Advocate. In this position I am on call & if called I report to the local hospital to meet a survivor of sexual assault. As an advocate your most important role is to remind the survivor that they are not alone. Additionally, you are there to provide them with resources to help them get through this difficult time. This is not an easy thing to do, but Doorway's prepares you with a solid training program. I'm so proud to be part of an organization that have given me the opportunity to provide this service.
I have been volunteering with Doorways for Women and Families for about two years now. The organization is wonderful, and does so much for the community. Not only that, they make the volunteer experience meaningful, and are very organized, making the process to remain engaged easy.
My volunteer experience has been in two areas: the Sexual Assault Response Advocate (SARA) program and as a Domestic Violence Shelter volunteer. I find both opportunities to be incredibly rewarding. Doorways does a great job of helping people from crisis to stability, and it's wonderful to be a part of that.
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.
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.