Mom with kids - Opening Doors

Empowering Lives

Opening Doors is a nonprofit organization who help women and children who are experiencing homelessness in Dubuque, IA. We provide goal setting and life skills training that enable them to achieve their full potential. We offer a hand up in the world, not a handout.

Three Doorways to Hope

Opening Doors offers three doorways of hope for women and children who are experiencing homelessness.

Opening Doors Teresa Shelter

Teresa Shelter

Teresa Shelter offers emergency and extended stay programs.

Opening Doors Maria House

Maria House

Maria House offers transitional housing for up to two years.

Opening Doors Francis House

Francis Apartments

Francis Apartments offers income-based affordable housing with support services.


Opening Doors offers much more than a place to sleep. We provide the opportunity for women to claim their own power and become self-sufficient. We have served over 3,400 homeless women and children in Dubuque since 2000.

Struggling with my addiction, signing up for school, and getting a job are something I couldn’t do on my own and the staff at the Teresa Shelter were more than willing to guide me in the right direction.

– Teresa Shelter Resident

Our Events

Attitude of Gratitude
Silent Auction Opens October 21


Attitude of Gratitude Photo

19th Annual Attitude of Gratitude
Virtual: Saturday, November 21, 2020


IN NEED OF SHELTER? Call Teresa Shelter at 563-690-0086

If you, a friend, or loved one are facing a domestic violence situation, please contact the Dubuque YMCA Victim Services Shelter. While Maria House and Teresa Shelter are private property, our shelters cannot guarantee the safety of women fleeing domestic violence and in immediate danger.