3 Ways You Can Help from Home
As Doorways continues our work to keep survivors, youth, and families safe and housed in this unprecedented COVID crisis, we need you.

How can you help from home? Here are some ways you can keep our Doorways open this week.
1) Sew Cloth Face Coverings for Doorways
The CDC is advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus. If you sew, we need your help! Create covers like the one shown here with step-by-step instructions from the CDC. Mail your completed covers to Doorways at P.O. Box 100185, Arlington, VA 22210, or deliver them in person during Drive-Thru Deeds on Fridays.
2) Conduct a Fundraiser on Social Media
With Facebook, you can easily create a fundraiser for Doorways to collect critical donations that keep our shelters, programs and services operating 24/7/365. โ€œDonateโ€ your birthday and ask for donations to Doorways as gifts, celebrate holidays with donations to favorite charities instead of exchanging items, challenge friends and family to match your donation, and more!
What your friends' gifts can do
  • $100 can help provide trauma-informed therapy for a survivor of sexual assault
  • $50 can provide fresh set of clothing and a welcome kit for a survivor
  • $25 can help provide court advocacy for a survivor's protective order petition process
You can also use a donation sticker to support Doorways on your Instagram Story. Learn how now !
3) Share Resources to Keep Families Safe
Hang these posters in your apartment building or any essential service you access
During this period of isolation, it's especially important that resources are available in places where survivors already are, or are permitted to go.
We have created a collection of posters that you can easily print on your home printer, on standard-size office paper. Hang them where they can be seen, such as in your apartment building's elevator. If you do leave home to go grocery shopping, pick up a prescription, or access other essential services, consider taking a poster with you and asking the business to display this resource for their customers.
Thank You!
๐Ÿš— Drive-Thru Deeds ๐Ÿš—
Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Doorways' Administrative Office
Have more at home than you need ? Swing by our office's Drive-Thru Deeds on Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to drop off items you may have "extra" of at home. Please contact Joy Myers at JMyers@DoorwaysVA.org or (703) 504-9290 for donation drop-off instructions .
This week's items: Toilet Paper , Gift Cards (Giant, Safeway, Harris Teeter, Target), Diapers (all sizes), Cleaning Products , and Cloth Face Coverings . Call (703) 504-9290 when you're out front and a staff person will welcome you and accept your donation!
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
Learn how to respond supportively to survivors of sexual assault
Talking about sexual assault is hard. For many survivors, the reaction of the first person they disclose to, often a friend or family member, can have a huge effect on their healing process.

That's why RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, is helping family and friends of survivors learn how they can support their loved ones after assault with this guide.
Self-Care Saturdays
Create to Heal: Making Paper Cranes
April 18th, 10:00 a.m.
Join Sonia, art therapist and children's counselor at Doorways, to learn how to make your own paper crane! Just bring a square piece of paper. Set a reminder to join on Facebook .
For more Self-Care Saturday tips this month, follow Project PEACE on social media!
April 29th is Denim Day
Make a statement by wearing jeans and posting a selfie to social media as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual violence. Tag Doorways to connect survivors with the resources available to support them!