Walk or Run for DOORWAYS

February 11th, 2019



DOORWAYS is thrilled to be a part of the
2019 GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend!

Join TEAM DOORWAYS for the Go! St. Louis Marathon & Fitness weekend on April 5-7, 2019 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.
OPTIONS:
— GO! St. Louis 5K Run/Walk – April 5, 2019 @ 6 pmgo_stlouis
— GO! St. Louis 10K Run/Walk – April 7, 2019 @ 7 am
— GO! St. Louis Half Marathon – April 7, 2019 @ 7 am
— GO! St. Louis Marathon – April 7, 2019 @ 7 am
— GO! St. Louis Marathon Relay – April 7, 2019 @ 7 am

 

By joining TEAM DOORWAYS you will receive:

  • A link for easy online registration.
  • Fundraise a minimum of $100 and your registration fee is refunded to you.
  • Personal webpage for convenient online fundraising.
  • A TEAM DOORWAYS technical shirt for race day.
  • Communication with DOORWAYS staff to help you with your fundraising efforts.
  • Prize given to the TEAM DOORWAYS participant who raises the most through fundraising.

Questions: Call Todd Garten at 314-328-2702 or email tgarten@doorwayshousing.org.


Can’t attend?
Make a donation in support of the team!
We would greatly appreciate your support.


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Golden Ticket – RED 2019

December 19th, 2018

CLICK HERE to Purchase Your Golden Ticket

 

Meet Marybeth

December 19th, 2018

Cooper House is a residential facility that exists to serve people who are no longer able to live independently as a result of HIV/AIDS. Up to 36 residents have access to a 24-hour nursing staff and two social workers, providing opportunities to improve their health. In addition, they have a full-time activities coordinator who works to rehabilitate residents through programming and events.

Marybeth King has served as the Cooper House activities coordinator for three years. King works directly with residents, providing opportunities for them by hosting and transporting them to various events. “I consider myself the unofficial soccer mom of the building,” said King.

Many of the activities are simple, but engaging. Guest volunteers host arts and crafts in the activities room. King leads a light exercise or yoga class in the mornings. Sometimes, musical groups and story-telling groups will perform for the residents. Bingo has been described as the “life blood” of the activities for the residents and is highly anticipated. To incentivize participation, King has created the Cooper House Canteen, which is a cabinet stocked with prizes that the residents can choose from if they attend five in-house events.  “It’s important for their physical and emotional well-being to get out of their room as often as possible,” noted King. “Our goal is to help them regain their physical strength as well as their enjoyment of life.”

King also works to get the residents out of Cooper House by facilitating regular outings. The residents love to bowl, so they go to Tropicana Lanes once each month. Every summer, they go to the St. Louis Zoo. There are often library events or concerts that they can attend, and residents themselves often suggest activities to King. One event that everyone looks forward to is the weekly Walmart trip. King explained that field trips play an important role in rebuilding each resident’s confidence in managing their own lives. “It’s the simple little things, nothing fancy, that really make the difference,” said King. “It’s baby steps toward independent living, and giving them the tools to take responsibility for themselves.”

These outings also allow the residents to socialize. Many of the residents have limited income and infrequent access to vehicles, so if they had to rely on a cab in order to get around they wouldn’t get to do as much.  Sometimes, all it takes is that trip to the grocery store to get residents out of their shells and start opening up to friendships. King has found that residents will often help each other as they get to know each other. “They look out for each other when we go to the store. They help each other in and out of the van. They really find rapport with each other and build community every time we get together,” said King. Residents of Cooper House are from diverse backgrounds, and are often recovering from homelessness, addiction, physical or mental health issues, or past trauma. Finding community and a source of engagement has proven to help many residents improve their quality of life.

But King reminds herself that Rome wasn’t built in a day. “You have to take this one day at a time. It’s about getting people out of their rooms to do something different. And even if it’s just for 10 minutes, it’s a start,” said King.

Do you want to make a positive difference in a resident’s life? Cooper House is always looking for activities to enhance our resident’s experience. Sign up to teach arts and crafts, host a bingo tournament, or donate some Cardinals tickets. Call Patrick at 314-328-2707 for more information and ideas on how to get involved.

 

 

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Adopt a Family for the Holidays

November 14th, 2018

We are looking for individuals, families, offices or organizations interested in adopting individuals or families in our programs. Some of the folks we serve have little to no ability to do anything extra around the holidays. Will YOU be their holiday blessing?

Click here for more information.

A few reminders:
  • DEADLINE: Monday, December 17
  • Suggested gift amount: $25
  • Please wrap gifts
  • Be sure to identify the wrapped gift with the resident code.
    For example: #1G or #12B
Please don’t hesitate to call Mady at 314-328-2713 or email with any questions.
Thank you for your help in making sure our families have a brighter and happy holiday this year!

 

CLICK HERE to Adopt a Family

 

Never Alone

November 14th, 2018

The DOORWAYS Residential Program provides permanent housing to homeless individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS through 103 apartments in seven buildings. The majority of the clients have lived a life of poverty, with limited or no income upon move-in. Many also experience life-limiting challenges — such as substance use — but DOORWAYS practices a Housing First model that focuses on immediate placement in safe shelter followed by supportive services and referrals to address issues that threaten housing stability and quality of life.

Supportive services are provided through an intensive case management system conducted by DOORWAYS client services housing coordinators, such as Clarice Lipsey. She has served in that role since 2016. She meets with clients individually to determine needs and establish goals for personal growth. Clarice assists clients in enrolling in healthcare programs and following a medical regimen to manage their HIV/AIDS. She also offers referrals for mental health and substance use counseling. But resources don’t always lead to action. For example, Clarice had been working for several months with a resident battling a serious substance addiction. She repeatedly encouraged counseling and treatment programs, but he resolutely refused all intervention.

As his addiction continued, his health decline spiraled out of control. While he was very ill and weak, he was not alone. Clarice vigilantly persisted in offering him referrals for substance use programs: “My role as the client services housing coordinator is to provide resources for clients as needed, plus encourage and advocate for them. In doing so, they know they deserve safe, stable housing to rise to a better, more stable life. As long as they live in DOORWAYS’ apartments, I won’t give up on them, and I am available when they choose to receive the help.”

Her dedication paid off. He had given up on himself, but he knew Clarice was still fighting for him. That faith gave him the strength to finally accept the referral. He agreed to treatment.

DOORWAYS has a grant from the Foundation for Barnes Jewish Hospital to assist with substance use counseling and treatment, and Clarice was able to secure a bed for the resident using those funds. According to the Chief Program Officer Pat Plumley, “This client would have died without treatment. I’m grateful to the Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundation for providing resources to help our residents help themselves.”

While this resident’s effort to change his life is just unfolding, knowing that Clarice and the other Residential Program staff are providing individual attention to each resident is absolute. Housing alone is not enough to break the cycle of poverty or addiction. Case management, resource connections, self-development programs, and special events are all key components of an integrated approach to assist our residents in stabilizing their housing, health, and hope. And, certainly dedicated employees and generous funders bring the mission to life.

Through support from generous donors, DOORWAYS now celebrates 30 years of service to people in the City of St. Louis and 117 counties in Missouri and Illinois. Last year we provided a new beginning to 3,100 individuals. For more information, contact Karen Carpentier at 314-328-2704 or kcarpentier@doorwayshousing.org.

 

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