June 2021
Bridging the Digital Divide
A recent grant from the United Way of Greater St. Louis & Starbucks Foundation Partnership will help address the lack of access to internet and phone service for people challenged by poverty and HIV. As the pandemic is slowly coming to a close, we must continue to fill a serious gap highlighted over this past year. The digital divide left many of our clients in isolation. The majority can't afford internet services. Some don't even have phones. Thank you for this support.
Funders Helping Meet Client Needs
We are pleased to announce that the Bayer Fund has selected DOORWAYS as a 2021/2022 grant recipient. This partnership allows us to respond to food insecurity needs for people who battle HIV and the effects of prior homelessness and continuing poverty, by providing them with food cards to local grocers.

Our goal is to help those who are HIV positive achieve undetectable status to improve their health outcomes and quality of life but, also, reduce the spread of HIV in the community. To do that, our clients need a stable environment in which they are able to manage their HIV medication regimen. Housing and food security are the first two resources that must be established to begin this process.

This award is even more critical today following the pandemic. Among our clients able to work, most are employed at low-wage jobs in the service industry, these types of jobs were the first to disappear when the pandemic caused business shutdowns. While their housing through DOORWAYS remains stable, food insecurity escalated with loss of income and the closure of many local food banks.

DOORWAYS clients seeking employment will be able to access resources vital to a successful job search thanks to a grant by the St. Louis Philanthropic Organization. Coming from homelessness, our clients need essentials that many of us take for granted but create barriers to employment. These funds will provide grooming supplies, haircuts, and bus passes as well as any required clothing for those starting a job--such as a uniform and shoes.

Every year, our program coordinators refer 180 clients to the DOORWAYS Employment program. Often our clients, who live in poverty, may have limited education and no work history. Staff work closely with clients who are struggling to stabilize their lives by helping them to develop an resume, and through coaching, help guide them through the job search process. In the past year, we assisted 70-80 people in securing a job. Thank you, St. Louis Philanthropic Organization!

We are grateful for a recent grant from the Staenberg Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. This funding supports the Beyond Tonight capital campaign for DOORWAYS to build a new campus with 360 degrees of ONSITE services. Thank you to: Michael Staenberg, President; the Board of the Staenberg Family Foundation; and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.
Volunteering is Back
We’re happy to share that on-site volunteering has returned! After more than a year, we’re re-opening our doors and welcoming back our amazing crew of volunteers who help enhance the quality of life for clients. Interested? E-mail Patrick Young at pyoung@doorwayshousing.org if you want to join in on the fun and make a difference. A full list of opportunities can be found here.

Proof of vaccination will be required and masks must be worn when interacting with clients.
Thank You Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church
Recently volunteers from the Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church built a garden at our Family Residential Complex. The residents will take care of watering--and harvesting the vegetables. We are grateful for the volunteers time and financial contribution to purchase the supplies.
Meet Our New Teammates
It's always a great day when we welcome new members to our team. This month we have two new staffers joining us in the Emergency Housing program.
TIARA WEAVER

Tiara is joining our team as a Housing Resource Specialist. After several years with Eagle College Prep, Tiara is ready to return to social services. As a former staffer at City Hope St. Louis and the Center for Women in Transition, she has plenty of nonprofit experience working with disadvantaged communities. Tiara will now work with our clients to ensure they are stability housed while they look for a more long-term solution.
LEAH BROOKNER

Leah is joining our team as a Housing Resource Specialist. Leah comes to DOORWAYS fresh from graduating from Bradley University. As a student, Leah interned with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and has a long history of community service and helping others. 

We’re thrilled to have both Leah and Tiara join DOORWAYS and wish them the best!
Join our team! To view Employment Opportunities click here.
Connecting Clients to Job Opportunities
DOORWAYS has created a public community group on Facebook to help connect clients with job opportunities and social services. We'd love your help! If you know places that are hiring - let us know. Click here and share the link to our community group.
Upcoming Events
BEYOND TONIGHT
Town Hall Zoom Meeting
Join us to learn more about this exciting expansion project. The BEYOND TONIGHT Campaign for DOORWAYS provides expanded facilities and programming to respond to growing need. Opal M. Jones, President & CEO, will be hosting an interactive meeting on Zoom. Click the link below to RSVP.


+ Wednesday, July 14
+ 5:30 - 6:30 PM (click here)


If you would like to learn more, but this date doesn't work for you, click here.
Keystone Society Reception
+ Thursday, June 24
+ 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Our annual donor recognition event is back! We hope you will make plans to join us in person. For more information or to RSVP, click here.
Want more information on joining the Keystone Society? Click here.
Drag Trivia for DOORWAYS
+ Wednesday, July 7
@ Ballpark Village
+ Doors open at 6:00 pm
+ Trivia starts at 7:00 pm
+ Tickets are $10 each

Join us for a night of trivia, entertainment, drinks & more, hosted by your favorite drag queens. Every ticket sold benefits DOORWAYS. Capacity & tables are limited - get your table now to guarantee your spot!
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.