News Room

Keep up-to-date on the latest and greatest happenings at Opening Doors. Stories here might feature our volunteers, donors, or programming. For more information contact Ann Lorenz, Development & Marketing Director, at 563-582-7480 or


Attitude of Gratitude Goes Virtual  (July 13, 2020)
Opening Doors’ largest fundraiser of the year will go virtual this year due to the impact of COVID-19.  Plan to join us on Saturday, November 21 from 6:30 to 8 PM.

Opening Doors Staff News  (June 17, 2020)
Opening Doors announced the addition of Anna Harrington as Maria House Case Manager and the promotion of Ashley Ehrlich to the position of Assistant Program Director.

Community Foundation awards $5,000 Disaster Relief Grant.  (May 20, 2020)
Opening Doors received a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation’s Greater Dubuque Disaster Relief Fund to assist our clients who have been impacted by COVID-19.

United Way Awards $21,250 Grant to Opening Doors.  (May 4, 2020)
2020 marks Opening Doors 19th year of funding as a United Way agency!

Opening Doors unveils Volunteer and Business of the Year for 2019! (April 14, 2020)
Karen Weiland was named Volunteer of the Year and staff chose Dupaco Community Credit Union as our Business of the Year for 2019.

“Taylor in the Tri-States” radio program (April 13, 2020)
Opening Doors’ Executive Director Carol Gebhart was interviewed by Greg Taylor of Radio Dubuque for his “Taylor in the Tri-States” radio program.

$3K Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation Grant (March 30, 2020)
Dental Dental of Iowa Foundation awards Opening Doors with $3,000 grant in response to COVID-19.

Opening Doors Welcomes New Case Manager (March 25, 2020)
Opening Doors is pleased to welcome Courtney Jagielski to the position of Teresa Shelter Case Manager.

SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Restoration (January 20, 2020)
Opening Doors is excited to share that SERVEPRO of Dubuque has stepped up to provide restorative services at Maria House.

Trivia Bowl Coming January 31 (January 13, 2020)
Opening Doors annual Trivia Bowl is coming to the Grand River Center on Friday, January 31.


Opening Doors Partners with NISOM for Holiday Harmonies (December 11, 2019)
Opening Doors partners with the Northeast Iowa School of Music and Heartland Harmony for “Holiday Harmonies” on Tuesday, December 17 at 7 PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Opening Doors Announces New Board Members (December 5, 2019)
Opening Doors is please to announce that Kevin Crahan and Jennifer Webber have joined our board of directors.

$10,000 Grant from Andersen Corporate Foundation (October 24, 2019)
Andersen Corporate Foundation recently awarded Opening Doors with a $10,000 grant for supplies for Teresa Shelter. Since 2007, the Foundation has provided us with nearly $100K in funding!

18th Year for Attitude of Gratitude coming November 23! (October 15, 2019)
The 18th annual “Attitude of Gratitude,” Opening Doors largest fundraiser of the year, is happening on Saturday, November 23. Doors open at 4:30, program at 6:30.

Staff Promotion – Michaela Dohlman (September 25, 2019)
Opening Doors is pleased to announce that Michaela Dohlman has been promoted to Teresa Shelter Case Manager.

Second Year for One Saturday to Dream Fearlessly (July 15 2019)
Party for a cause at the Yardarm on Saturday, July 27 from 2 to 5 PM for “One Saturday to Dream Fearlessly.” Bring a Wish List item and enjoy music from Sid V & the Human Resources. Sponsored by Michael Pennington Agency/American Family Insurance & the Yardarm.

McDonough Foundation Awards $15K Grant to Opening Doors (July 13, 2019)
McDonough Foundation awards $15K grant for “On My Own” fund providing assistance to families in permanent supportive housing program.

Gerb Smith & Spahn & Rose Collaborate to Reconfigure Teresa Shelter (June 27, 2019)
Space is tight at Teresa Shelter due to the increase in demand for our services.  Two local businesses donated their services to help!

Opening Doors announced new board member Barbara Hubeny, OP (June 14, 2019)
Barbara Hubeny, OP joins Opening Doors board of directors.

Opening Doors Receives Grants from Yappers & Women’s Giving Circle (June 11, 2019)
Opening Doors awarded two grants from organizations supported by the Community Foundation: Yappers & Women’s Giving Circle!

DRA Funds New Security System for Teresa Shelter (May 27, 2019)
DRA grant funds a new security system for Teresa Shelter!

United Way Awards $48,242 Grant to Opening Doors (May 17, 2019)
Opening Doors announced the 18th year of funding as an agency of the United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States!

Opening Doors Announces New Board Member (May 22, 2019)
Opening Doors is pleased to announce that Daniel Tallon joined our Board of Directors.

Community Donations Fund Van for Opening Doors! (March 21, 2019)
Opening Doors took home the keys to a 2018 Grand Caravan minivan on March 17 thanks to the generosity of the Dubuque community.

Be the Key to a New Minivan for Opening Doors (February 1, 2019)
Opening Doors is in need of a new agency minivan.