Congratulations JB!

June 15th, 2018

This year marked a great achievement for DOORWAYS resident “JB”. Since 1998, his life has been unpredictable. At times, he experienced homelessness, with nothing but the clothes on his back. He explained his focus was on “the daily heroin grind.” In June 2010 during PrideFest, ‘JB’ was offered a free HIV test. He had been tested in the past, and the results were always negative. This time was different. His test was positive. After a period of denial, he knew he needed to get onto a new path. ‘JB’ reached out for help in the summer of 2010 and, from that moment, has been moving forward, achieving great things on his journey to stability. August 18 marks eight years free of heroin. ‘JB’ noted this was possible due to the services offered by DOORWAYS. “Having my own place where I could be away from those people, places, and things that were part of my addiction led me to finally get clean!”

“We are incredibly proud of ‘JB’,” noted Opal M. Jones, President and CEO of DOORWAYS. “Many people feel trapped in their lives, but all it takes is one step to get on a new path. DOORWAYS is here to stand with them, support them, and guide them towards their best possible future.”

With a new sense of confidence and hope, ‘JB’ set his sights on an education. “In 2015, I started going to college through St. Louis Community College and the Pell Grant. I went just on Tuesday nights at first, and now here I am in the 2018 graduating class with a General Liberal Arts Degree. It means a lot to me, because I never finished high school.”

For 30 years, DOORWAYS has been providing housing to homeless individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS as a first step toward stabilizing their lives. Our intensive case management approach provides referrals and encouragement to take charge of a medical treatment plan coupled with improved healthy lifestyle choices to regain weight, strength, and hope. Supportive services also address other issues that can lead to homelessness, such as substance use, mental health, poverty, lack of education, unemployment, and domestic violence.

For more information about how you may support DOORWAYS in its mission to provide housing, health, and hope, please contact Jim Timmerberg, Director of Development, at jtimmerberg@doorwayshousing.org or 314-328-2705.

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Cooking Demonstration

April 18th, 2018

DOORWAYS’ Residential Program operates seven housing facilities providing 103 one, two, or three bedroom apartments for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS, and also homeless or about to become homeless. As a result of generational poverty or more recent circumstances, many clients have limited income, education, and employment experience.  Without stable housing, they have not been able to manage their healthcare and medical treatment program, and may have deteriorating health and a growing sense of hopelessness. When they move into a DOORWAYS apartment, they not only receive a key to an apartment but, also, a comprehensive support network with case management and self-development programs that improve health and hopefulness.

Good nutrition is the key to strengthening the body and the immune system, both which are essential for a successful antiretroviral therapy (ART) program. Reducing viral load counts, and reaching viral suppression, significantly reduces the chances of transmitting the virus; thus, increasing participation in nutritious shopping, cooking, and eating habits is critical to achieve a healthy life for our individual clients, as well as our community.

Thanks to a grant from the Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust, DOORWAYS is offering a series of healthy cooking classes for residents in our apartment complexes through Operation Food Search. The course offers educational information about healthy eating and cooking, while demonstrating the preparation and cooking of a healthy recipe. Attendees were able to taste the food, ask questions, and discuss recipe modifications for their family members. They then received a copy of the recipe plus the groceries needed to duplicate the meal themselves in their own home. Each participant also received a complimentary piece of cookware to assure they would be able to fix the food for their families.

All guests were asked to complete a survey after the class, to determine the impact of the session and expectations of behavior change. Ninety percent indicated their understanding increased about how good nutrition helps the immune system fight viruses by strengthening the body. One hundred percent noted they now plan to include healthy foods in their diets more often than before they attended the session. “We are very grateful to the Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust,” noted Opal Jones, president & CEO of DOORWAYS. “This type of interactive health information session and cooking demonstration would not have been possible without their grant, which encourages innovative models for health care approaches.”

Additional cooking demonstration classes will be held throughout 2018, along with several sessions simulating a shopping trip to the grocery store to reveal ways to purchase fresh, nutritious foods on a limited budget. For more information on this grant, contact the DOORWAYS development office: 314-555-1919 ext 2704. d
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Annual Dinner

April 13th, 2018

(Past and present recipients of the Michael Edlin Award, who were in attendance at the dinner, are underlined. From left to right, Jay Moore, Opal Jones, Carole Hunt, Diane Levine, Richard Ellerbrake, Christine Pennell and Jay Joern.)

 

On April 3, DOORWAYS held its Annual Dinner, generously hosted by SSM St. Mary’s Hospital and sponsored by US Bank Private Wealth Management.  The Michael Edlin Award, DOORWAYS’ highest honor, was presented to Carole Hunt. The law firm Sandberg, Phoenix and von Gontard received the Generosity Award, and the Volunteer Award was presented to Rev. Jeff Moore. These long-time supporters were recognized for their generosity, not only of their resources, but also their time, expertise and leadership.  Congratulations and thank you to all!

 

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New Medical Clinic

March 13th, 2018

Residential Program Director Tina Pelts (seated) plays with some of the children attending the opening of the medical clinic with their mothers.

March 1 marked the opening of a community medical clinic at DOORWAYS’ Family Residential Program. The clinic will be open to serve residents two days per week with services provided by nurses enrolled in the University of Missouri Saint Louis (UMSL) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

One of the residents attending the grand opening celebration expressed her excitement about the service. “With two young children and one on the way, it is great to have medical assistance right here in our housing complex. It will be nice to get their advice when one of us is sick, and I don’t know whether I should take them to the doctor or even the hospital.”  Nursing staff agreed, and noted they were also here to provide maternity care, as well as assistance with other chronic health conditions.

This medical clinic is part of an effort to increase health services for residents in DOORWAYS’ seven housing complexes located throughout the City of St. Louis.  DOORWAYS provides housing for individuals or families who are homeless, or those imminently at risk of homelessness, and affected by HIV/AIDS. Thus, managing personal health and treatment plans is critical for residents as they work towards stabilizing their lives and the well-being of their family.

Donations to the medical clinic are welcome. For a full list, contact the Residential Program Director Tina Pelts at 314-328-2720 or upelts@doorwayshousing.org.
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Walk or Run for DOORWAYS

February 13th, 2018

Join TEAM DOORWAYS and walk or run to raise awareness and funding for DOORWAYS!

DOORWAYS is an official charity of the Go! St. Louis Marathon & Fitness weekend on April 7 & 8, 2018. Join us and pledge to raise funds in support of our mission to provide housing and related supportive services to improve the quality of life and health outcomes for people affected by HIV/AIDS.

You have a number of events to choose from:

 

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018
8:00 am 5K Walk/Run

SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2018
7:00 am 7K Walk/Run
7:00 am Marathon Relay
7:00 am Half Marathon
7:00 am Marathon

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