September 2017
3rd Annual Firefly Supper
Thursday, October 19 at 6:00 p.m.
at Stone Gate Farm
Dinner features local chefs
offering farm to table meal
Chefs Mitchell Murphree, Five Senses, Brett Corrieri, MAFIAoZA'S in Nashville, Michael DeChirico, Tom Goodner & Ronald Klose , AdamsPlace Independent Living, and Rev. Michael O'Bannon , will gather to prepare the meal. Blackman High School's Culinary Arts Department will serve.

Seating is limited, so make your reservation now! Contact Stephanie Kinard at or call (615) 900-0634.
Project HOPE
Doors of Hope Receives Justice Assistance Grant
Doors of Hope is pleased to announce it has received a   federal grant from the Department of Justice. This grant was established to aid state and local governments, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations in implementing effective criminal justice improvement projects. Maridel Williams, CEO, states the 3-year grant will help fund the work they are doing at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center (RCADC).  

Aptly named Project HOPE, the program is a case management and education project, designed by Williams and her staff to address the needs faced by females nearing release from RCADC and after release as they transition back into society. Last year, 3,507 females were incarcerated at RCADC, and of those surveyed, 100% reported anxiety related to their release, placing them at a high risk of recidivism. These concerns included maintaining sobriety, finding housing, employment, and clothing, and regaining custody of children. Through this grant, Project HOPE will provide transition planning which addresses four of these concerns: transportation, clothing, recovery of vital documents, and employment and education services. Read More...

The outstanding work Stephanie Keys and Lauren Raymer are doing through the Therapeutic Community Program has received a commendation from Superintendent William Cope of the Rutherford County Correctional Work Center!

Want to know more about the Therapeutic Community Program? Read more about it here.

Doors of Hope is in need of several things both big and small.
Can you help?

  • Rover tickets are needed. A packet of 10 tickets are $8.00. You can purchase them at Linebaugh Library, City Hall, and the Murfreesboro Housing Authority. You can also make a monetary donation toward their purchase.
  • Grant Writer Needed: Do you have experience writing grants or have the availability to be trained? Nonprofits need grants to survive, yet few have the time or staff needed to write them. If you are interested in volunteering as a grant writer, please contact Maridel Williams at
  • Houses Needed: A big part of the Doors of Hope program is housing, and affordable housing in Murfreesboro is a huge issue. If you have property for sale or rent that might help meet that need, please contact Maridel Williams at
Coming in September...
New Tailgating Menu!

Red Door Catering is a social initiative of Doors of Hope, employing residents and graduates of its residential program. Red Door Catering offers a supportive workplace where women acquire the skills they need to earn a living wage. It provides hope and teaches perseverance by providing a safe work environment.

Be sure to follow Red Door Catering on Facebook to learn about Bake Sales, Casserole Sales, and Catering.
Murfreesboro Magazine will feature Kala Prosser and
´╗┐Red Door Catering in its September issue. Check it out!
SharingChange Spotlights Doors of Hope
SharingChange is Middle Tennessee Electric's charitable foundation whose sole purpose is to give back to the communities they serve. Funds are donated by MTEMC members, and 100% of the donations goes to local charities and organizations such as Doors of Hope!

Be sure to check out the Spotlight feature on Doors of Hope in the October issue of Tennessee magazine!

If you would like to donate your change each month to help Doors of Hope, please sign up at
Our Mission:
Doors of Hope assists and empowers those challenged with building a new life after incarceration, beginning the journey toward wholeness in recovery.
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