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!”
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, 2021
Christmas Festival, 2021
2019 Transitional Housing Graduate
Juanita and her 2 girls are a great reminder that the “Door of Hope family” extends to our church partners as well! When one of our church partners prayerfully wondered how to “do justice and love mercy” with a vacant cottage on their property, their prayers turned into permanent, affordable housing for Juanita’s family—successfully housed there since graduating from our Transitional Housing Program in 2019.
Juanita loves the support and the community she receives from the church, which employs her part-time while she also works part-time in a hair salon.
Launched in 2020, our Pathways Internship Program provides parents with marketable skills in social work, human resources, fundraising, and accounting through a 10-hour/week paid internship at Door of Hope.
More than a decade ago, Robbin fled an abusive marriage with nowhere to go. After months of moving around and showering at the Y, she applied and was accepted into our Transitional Housing program. It seemed too good to be true: their own apartment, a safe environment for her son, and most importantly, she says, financial literacy training to restructure her life and set goals.
Ten years later, Robbin is thriving and is now part of our Pathways Internship program, helping families at risk of eviction maintain their housing.