For the women and families who are referred to DC Doors for support, homelessness is just one of many challenges in their lives. Most face cultural and language barriers (85% are Latino); some are single moms; several have severe mental illnesses. So DC Doors intentionally keeps its caseload modest, offering comprehensive, bilingual assistance to more than 80 children and adults each year. Its 18-month transitional housing program does far more than provide shelter. Life-skills lessons (including classes on parenting, relationship-building, children’s education, cooking and nutrition) strengthen the entire family. Meanwhile, employment assistance and training in money management and financial literacy help adults work toward lives of stability and independence. A new, 12-week workforce development program, taught by licensed CPAs, equips clients with the skills to become accounting technicians. Once families move into permanent housing, six months of after-care helps ease the transition. And through it all, emotional support is available 24/7. Your philanthropy opens doors into a new world, lifting families out of poverty ... for good.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Women/Girls; Immigrants/Refugees

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Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for DC Doors is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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