November 2017

First, I wanted to tell you that the generosity of this community has inspired our clients and us to reach for something highly improbable, if not downright impossible. 

At the beginning of this year, it was improbable for this mom to believe that she would be in her own place, with her children, preparing to have Thanksgiving dinner together for the first time anyone can remember.

Through your generosity, this mom had a safe place to land after incarceration. As she began the process of re-building her shattered life, she could only dream about completing the 1-year LIFE program, getting a job, staying sober and having a safe place to re-unite her family after regaining custody of her children.

At the beginning of this year, it was improbable for these women to believe it possible to finish a high school equivalency program, and then fall in love with learning.

Through your generosity, and the confidence placed in the Doors of Hope program by corrections officials and county commissioners, this year the Therapeutic Community program has helped over fifty women prepare for life after incarceration. This program is now being studied by neighboring counties as a model for reducing recidivism and helping clients re-enter society successfully.

One mom thought it highly improbable that she would be able to read a bed-time story to her little boy for a very long time. While she was in our TC program, she was able to read a story and have it recorded so that he could hear her voice every night at bedtime. Corrections officials know the importance of women being able to stay connected to their children, lessening the impact of the separation that can be so devastating to parent and child.

This mom is now back at home with her little one and doing extremely well. Thanks to your generosity, for making sure she had a place to call home when it was time for him to come back home.

On behalf of these women and dozens more, I want to say thank you for your part in making the improbable happen.

Your generosity has also inspired us as an organization to reach for the highly improbable. We are currently working toward purchasing yet another property, increasing our capacity so that even more women being released will have a safe place to work on becoming the best possible version of herself that she can be, women who need hope and help, encouragement and empathy.

Your support at the Firefly Supper and throughout the year makes these highly improbably situations become possibilities, and visions of growth become reality, for our clients and for this organization that advocates for them and helps empower their success.

On behalf of our very grateful clients and their families, thank you. On behalf of our staff and volunteers, we are so grateful for the opportunity to impact positive change in our community. On behalf of our board of directors, we couldn’t possibly do this without you.

Thank you!
Maridel Williams
Christmas Cards for Sale
Doors of Hope is selling beautiful handmade Christmas cards again this year! A sampling of the covers is shown in the photos below. You may pick up card sets starting TODAY at the Doors of Hope office, 428 E. Bell Street in Murfreesboro, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cards are $20 for a set of 10. We also have a limited number of cards from last year featuring the Doors of Downtown Murfreesboro (12 cards for $20). To order, please email Kristina Brown at
Poet Laureate of Murfreesboro Newest Instructor in Therapeutic Community
Kory Wells, a Murfreesboro native, is known to many as the founder of Poetry in the Boro , a monthly reading and open mic series. She is the author of a poetry collection called Heaven Was the Moon , and often performs of her poetry with her daughter, fiddle and banjo player Kelsey Wells. She was recently selected inaugural poet laureate for the City of Murfreesboro.

As one of the City’s arts laureates (there’s also a painter and a photographer), Kory was tasked with outreach and advocacy, especially to underserved populations. She
was aware of Doors of Hope through friends, and has long felt a nudge toward prison ministry. "Due to the wonderful support of the Doors of Hope staff, I’ve found it easy to plug into the Therapeutic Community program without an intimidating learning curve of serving in an environment that’s new to me, " says Wells.
When asked how she thinks reading and writing poetry is affecting the women in Therapeutic Community , she replied that "good contemporary poetry, which we're reading together, has an emotional truth that’s hard to deny and which I hope is providing these women with another tool for examining their lives. As I’ve told them, I realize poetry isn’t everyone’s thing, but I hope the poems and writing prompts I’m bringing to them is a kind
of witness: that words matter, that words have power, and that what we tell ourselves matters. Additionally, I hope they’re experiencing some sparks that may ultimately lead them to any sort of creative practice, which I believe is essential to health and well-being for all people."
Let the Red Door do the cooking this year!
Preorder by:
Friday, November 17

Pick up:
Tuesday, November 21 or Wednesday, November 22

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

428 E. Bell Street
or call (615) 900-4623

Red Door Catering is a social initiative of  Doors of Hope , employing residents and graduates of its residential program. The sole purpose of the Doors of Hope program is to break the cycle of recidivism by creating economically empowered women. 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.
Thanksgiving Dinner
(feeds 10-12)

·     Turkey Breast or Spiral Ham
·     3 sides
·     cranberry sauce
·     rolls

Sides: (pick 3)
Squash Casserole
Green Beans
Green Bean Casserole
Macaroni & Cheese
Cornbread Dressing
Sweet Potato Casserole
Hashbrown Casserole
Baked Apples

Add an extra side:
10-12 Servings

Add a second meat:
12-15 Servings

Need Dessert?
Pies $15.00

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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