Through her work as Vice President of the National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC), DOORWAYS' President & CEO, Opal M. Jones, attended a meeting with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's new Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson. At the meeting members of NAHC discussed the importance of the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program in preserving the health of people living with HIV as well as reducing further transmissions. Coalition members lamented the president's budget which includes deep cuts to HUD, reminding Secretary Carson of how critical the other HUD programs are for the low-income people we serve.
While in D.C. Opal also had the opportunity to make visits on Capitol Hill to advocate for AIDS housing funding and the stabilization of the Affordable Care Act. A report by the Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that more than 40% of people living with HIV depend on Medicaid for the health care. Any substantial cuts to Medicaid has the potential to be devastating, and will undermine progress made towards ending the epidemic.
Our friends at Esse Health reached out to us recently with interest in helping meet the needs of people in our emergency housing program. They requested a list of most needed items and started a collection. Several weeks later they told us they had several boxes ready. On top of everything, they made a financial donation to help where needed most.
We really appreciate the generosity and support of everyone at Esse Health! Thank you!
Current Volunteer Opportunities
DOORWAYS is always seeking volunteers to better assist our clients and staff. We currently have opportunities in the following areas:
Back-to-School Drive Host (help obtain school supplies for our family property)
Teachers/Tutors (work with residents' children)
Administrative Tasks (make phone calls, assist with mailings, etc.)
Membership has its perks! Being a member of the Keystone Society guarantees DOORWAYS has sufficient cash flow to accommodate the needs of our clients. Keystone membership includes opportunities to meet your fellow members at interesting and different venues, attend a President's Lunch and privately tour DOORWAYS' facilities.
The Keystone Donor Appreciation event was held at the Algonquin Gulf Club and was hosted by Keystone Society co-chairs: Ed Giganti and John Brase; Carol and Tom Voss; and Kathie and Richard Winter. Students from the Jazz U program at Jazz St. Louis were on hand to provide entertainment. Attendees at the event had an opportunity to hear from DOORWAYS President and CEO Opal Jones, along with Ron Jagels, Development Committee chair and Residential Program Director Tina Pelts who told a compelling story about a resident who recently returned to school and is working on her degree! Exciting news, great party, generous guests!
For more information on DOORWAYS Keystone Society click here.
Upcoming Events (click pictures for more information)
Doorways Young Professionals
+ Friday, August 4 @ 6 PM + St. Louis Art Museum, Forest Park
On August 4 at 6 PM, the Saint Louis Art Museum will have a complimentary screening of "The Devil Wears Prada." This is a perfect chance for prospective DOORWAYS Young Professional (DYP) members to interact with current members and hear more about the work DYP is currently involved in, including some of the events we have planned for the future. Click here to learn more.
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DOORWAYS 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.
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.