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Empowering Lives

Opening Doors is a nonprofit organization who helps women and children who are experiencing homelessness. 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.

Since 2000, Opening Doors has served thousands women and children through a continuum of services.

  • Teresa Shelter offers emergency and extended stay programs.
  • Maria House offers transitional housing for up to two years.
  • Francis Apartments* offers an opportunity for income-based affordable housing with support services; a combination that has proven to be effective at ending the cycle of homelessness.

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.

*Francis Apartments is owned by Steeple Square and is managed by Gronen Properties.

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Mission Statement

Opening Doors offers hospitality and opportunity to women, alone or with children, who need emergency, transitional or permanent supportive housing and related support services.


In collaboration with existing community resources and services, our vision is to offer a variety of opportunities for women to affirm their dignity and to achieve their potential for independent living in an environment that will benefit the neighborhood.


Compassion– To demonstrate a caring concern for each person
Respect – To treat each person with dignity
Affirmation – To invite and encourage personal development
Hospitality – To offer a welcoming environment

A donation you make today will help us continue to make a difference in the lives of women and children. Your secure online tax-deductible donation will help fund transitional housing and emergency shelter, as well as supportive services to homeless women and children.

With the help of both the Teresa Shelter and Maria House I know I can do anything if I just stay positive and put my mind to it. With you having “Open Doors” there is hope for everyone who enters the programs.

– Resident