November 2017

Over the past 12 months the Jumpstart Program
has seen some amazing results with medication adherence and viral suppression.
Program participants went from being 50% undetectable at the beginning of the year to an astonishing 83% by the end of the year. Viral suppression numbers were good as well, rising from 72% to 84% by the end of the operating year.

Viral suppression is defined as suppressing or reducing the function and replication of the virus. When discussing antiretriviral therapy for HIV, a regimen is considered to be successful if it reduces a person's viral load to undetectable levels. The term "viral load" refers to the number of copies of HIV per mL of blood; the amount of virus in the blood. An "undetectable" viral load simply means that there are too few copies of the virus to be detected by current tests.   
currentCurrent Volunteer Opportunities
DOORWAYS is always seeking volunteers to better assist our clients and staff. We currently have opportunities in the following areas:
  • Thanksgiving Day Lunch/Dinner Kitchen Helper
  • Adopt a Resident Holiday Gift Drive Volunteers
  • Holiday Party Volunteer (help pass out gifts, put out food, clean-up, etc.)
  • Christmas Lunch Companion/Kitchen Clean-Up
  • Holiday Card Writers (Write holiday cards to residents)
  • Tutor/Mentor (work with residents' children)
  • Cooper House resident companions
  • Bakers (provide special treats to residents)
  • Activity Assistants (go on activities with residents)
  • Administrative Volunteer (make phone calls, assist with mailings, etc.)
  • Help teach skills related to cleaning & organizing your home
If interested in volunteering, please contact Patrick Young at 
HiringAdopt A Family for the Holidays
We are inviting individuals, families, offices or organizations interested in adopting individuals or families in our programs. Some of the folks we serve have little to no ability to do anything extra around the holidays. Will YOU be their holiday blessing? 
A few reminders:
  • DEADLINE: Friday, December 15
  • Gift Amount Maximum - $25
  • Please wrap gifts
  • Be sure to identify the wrapped gift with the provided resident code.
    For example:  #1G or #12B
Please don't hesitate to call Patrick at 314-328-2707 or email with any questions.
Thank you for your help in making sure our families have a brighter holiday this year!
  Rodney Meet Our New Teammates
Karen Carpentier comes to DOORWAYS as our new Grants and Communications Manager after nearly 20+ years with Saint Louis University as the Associate Director of the Boeing Institute of International Business. As a high-level staffer at SLU, Karen worked primarily in grant writing and marketing for the institute. Before then, Karen spent five years with Grace Hill Social Services as the Managing Director where she was greatly involved with fundraising and stakeholder relations. Welcome, Karen!   
Missy Yearian is our new Cooper House Social Services and Outreach Coordinator. Missy received her MSW from Columbia University in New York where she did homeless outreach in Manhattan. Before DOORWAYS Missy worked as a Social Worker at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and a Supervisor at Voices for Children. Missy has a deep passion for adopting Chihuahuas with special needs and also has a master's in creative writing. 
Melissa Pashia  joins our team as the Jumpstart Program Coordinator. Melissa recently obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Missouri Saint Louis and previously worked at the Salvation Army in the Service Extension department. Before then, Melissa was a member of the Missouri Division of Social Services and Community Living Inc. 
UpcomingEventsUpcoming Events                                   (click pictures for more information)
World AIDS Day 
 + Friday, December 1, 3:00 - 7:00 PM
 + Missouri History Museum 

World AIDS Day is held on December 1st each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

This year, we invite you to join us for an exciting and meaningful evening as we recall the values with which World AIDS Day began; remembering those we have lost, celebrating those in our community that continue to fight and hope for a cure.
We will remember those who have lost their battle with HIV/AIDS with a display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. We will recognize individuals that exemplify dedication to the St. Louis HIV/AIDS community by awarding the St. Louis region's first Red Ribbon Awards.

We also invite our community partners to engage attendees with booth exhibits that demonstrate their initiative and area of expertise in the field. We are excited to have The Gateway Men's Chorus performing along with a screening of the film "Still Around".

World AIDS Day - Friday, Dec. 1 
World AIDS Day - Friday, Dec. 1

Free rapid HIV testing will be offered. Light hors d'oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

For more information on this event, click here.       
To Volunteer 2 Hours of Your Time at this event, click here.  
BAR:PM Event to Benefit DOORWAYS
 + Saturday, December 16
 + Bar:PM, 7109 South Broadway  

Come celebrate the third anniversary of Bar:PM and support DOORWAYS too! The evening will feature a drag show, drink specials, a silent auction and raffle. There will also be a gift drive to benefit the residents and clients of DOORWAYS. 

Click here for more information or to RSVP.   

RED 2018
         30 Years of Providing Hope   
 + Our signature event & black tie gala 
 + Saturday, February 3, 2018
 + Ritz Carlton in Clayton 
More information at  
To see all of our upcoming events please click here .

is an interfaith non-profit organization which provides housing and related supportive services to improve quality of life and health outcomes for people affected by HIV/AIDS.
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DOORWAYS, an IRC 501(c)3 tax-exempt Missouri nonprofit corporation, is registered to solicit funds for charitable purposes in Missouri and Illinois.  DOORWAYS only solicits such charitable contributions in MO and IL.