Once families are on the other side of homelessness, we help ensure long-term stability through our Alumni Support program. Through helping settle families in their homes, ongoing case management and therapy, and assisting in emergencies, we tell our alumni that “once you are part of the Door of Hope family, you are always family.”
There is no one more qualified to support our alumni than someone who has walked in their shoes. That’s the redemptive power of Wendi Gaines, Alumni Case Manager. Wendi came to Door of Hope in 2006 with her three children, following the break up of her marriage which ended in homelessness. Through therapy, financial counseling, life skills, and housing search support, she graduated to permanent housing where she has lived for the past 15 years.
“I’ve never forgotten my time at Door of Hope,” Wendi says. “It absolutely changed my life!” – Wendi Gaines
At these events, current and Alumni families are invited back to reconnect with their Door of Hope community, enjoy activities sponsored by our church partners and supporters, and get spiritual care or other needed support.
Summer Carnival 2023
Winter Carnival 2022
Launched in 2020, our Pathways Internship Program at Door of Hope provides clients a
10-hour/week paid internship for skill development.
Meet Steven, our 2023/24 intern, who, after fleeing a violent household with his mom, faced homelessness, academic challenges, and mental health struggles. Through Door of Hope, Steven received therapy, tutoring, and mentorship, securing computer programming internships.
Now settled in a new home, Steven reflects, “Everything I experienced has positioned me for this new chapter of my life,” highlighting the transformative impact of Door of Hope’s comprehensive empowerment approach.