September 2018
missionstoryNever Stop Trying to Move Forward
"Julie" has had many ups and downs in life, but her faith has always given her the strength to keep fighting. At the age of 25, while working in corporate America, she felt a swollen lymph node and visited the doctor to see what it was. To her astonishment, she tested positive for HIV. In seeking answers, her husband received testing. They learned he was HIV+.  Together, they began taking the various medications being used to treat this new virus, but they both were having complications. With a more advanced virus, and other difficulties in his life, her husband began experiencing worsening health conditions. He died of kidney failure in 1995.   
While mourning the loss of her husband, Julie stopped taking the AZT when it became toxic to her body. She continued working throughout her illness, though, even starting a new job. Her boss was very supportive, providing extra time off with pay when she was ill. After several years, new medications were on the market. Her Pastor, two closest friends, and brothers all encouraged her to try the new drugs. This ..... (continue) 
campkayaA Day With HIV
Today, Friday, Sept. 21, we invite to you to take part in A Day with HIV, an anti-stigma campaign organized by Positively Aware. 
A Day with HIV seeks to capture 24 hours in the lives of people affected by HIV and its stigma -- that's everyone, regardless of age, race, gender identity or health status. We know that through imagery and storytelling we can diminish isolation and stigma. Here's how to participate:
1. Take a snapshot of your day today.  Post it on your social media using the hashtag, #adaywithhiv; include a caption giving the time and location of your photo, and what inspired you to take it.
2. Upload your photo entry at or email it to -- it'll be added to the campaign's online gallery and considered for publication in the November + December issue of Positively Aware. In addition, four high-resolution images will be selected for different versions of the cover.
This campaign gives people the opportunity to share their stories through photography -- whether as selfies or artistic images. We hope you will consider becoming a part of A Day with HIV. 
BBQ Meet Our New Teammates
Josh Ferrante joined our Own Home team earlier this month as a Housing Resource Specialist. Fresh from receiving his MSW from Saint Louis University, Josh just finished a year-long practicum with the Missouri Foundation for Health.

While with DOORWAYS, Josh will focus on completing housing inspections for clients in need of housing and assist with our emergency housing program. 
Craig Campbell joined our kitchen staff as a part-time cook just two weeks ago. Craig has more than 20 years of culinary experience, and also works with Lutheran Senior Services.  
With many years working in long-term care, Craig works hard to promote a person-centered environment where our residents' dietary needs are always met. We look forward to sampling some of Craig's famous dishes very soon!   
Maurice Tracy  is our new Housing Resource Specialist. Before coming to DOORWAYS, Maurice was a case manager for three years with Williams and Associates Inc. where he became well versed in the HIV/AIDS field and developed relationships with many of our clients.

Maurice will be working with our Emergency Housing program to ensure each client in the program finds long-term/permanent housing. 
CurrentVolunteerOpportCurrent Volunteer Opportunities
DOORWAYS is always seeking volunteers to better assist our clients and staff. We currently have opportunities in the following areas:
  • Cooper House office hours (every Wednesday, answer phones and assist with administrative tasks)
  • Special event volunteers
  • 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.)
If interested in volunteering, please contact Patrick Young at 
NNOMeet Mady and Pin-Chieh
Our new EXPLOR Service Intern began with us earlier this month. EXPLOR is a program within the Disciples of Christ church that gives young people the opportunity to explore professionalism in the non-profit sector. This will be our third internship. This year's intern is Mady McColm and she comes to us from Fort Scott, KS.
Mady will be with us until mid-June 2019, volunteering Monday-Thursday from 9a-3:30p. While she will be helping throughout various programs, she is also willing to help with other projects/tasks as they arise.
Please be sure to welcome her when you visit!
Pin-Chieh Lai began with Cooper House in August as our Art Therapy Practicum Student. Pin-Chieh studies art therapy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She has completed practicums with St. Louis Children's Hospital and Parc Provence.

If you are interested in an internship at DOORWAYS, please contact Patrick Young at 314-328-2707 or email: pyoung@doorwayshousing.orgClick here for more information and a list of intern positions. 
HiringHIRING: Nursing Supervisor
We are seeking a compassionate and professional Nursing Supervisor who can manage our nursing department. The Nursing Supervisor oversees all facets of the department, and must possess great management and organization skills. He or she should be well-versed in long-term care and have strong commitment to person-centered care.

For more information, including a detailed job description, click here

How often does one action yield two results?
Answer: All the time, if you designate your DOORWAYS donation as a tribute to a loved one! 
You may make a monetary gift in HONOR of someone's birthday, anniversary, new job, new baby...the list is endless. You may also provide a monetary gift as a MEMORIAL for someone who passed away. Or, you may purchase a tribute BRICK to be placed in our garden at the Cooper House campus. If you wish to help us GROW THE TRIBUTE GARDEN, you may select from three brick sizes: $100, $250, or $500.
By expressing your admiration, love, and respect through a TRIBUTE GIFT, you are also providing critical funding to help DOORWAYS deliver housing, health, and hope to homeless people living with HIV/AIDS. Click here for more information about making a tribute gift while also supporting DOORWAYS' compassionate care to the most vulnerable in our community.

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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