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About Doors of Hope

"Inspiring Hope, Providing Opportunities, Removing Barriers"

Doors of Hope, Inc. is a mentoring and training program founded by Maridel Williams for men and women who are nearing release from the Rutherford County Correctional facility. We also provide support to inmates leaving nearby facilities such as Cannon County who will be residents of Rutherford county on release. We help non-violent offenders, who are committed to actively seeking change in their lives. They must be nominated by the Correctional Staff to attend our life skill classes up to 120 days before they are released from the Center.

We offer hope and help to ex-offenders willing to embrace positive values and commit to changing their future from the inside out. We teach personal values, responsibility, and practical life skills for life after prison. We mentor our clients and help them navigate the many reentry challenges they face before and after release. Doors of Hope has a proven record of success in reducing recidivism and coaching ex-offenders to become responsible, respectable, contributing members of the community. We are actively involved with many partner organizations so we can provide the type of comprehensive assistance needed during the critical phase when inmates transition back to the local community.

From our Video Gallery

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    VIDEO: Maridel Williams Talks about Doors of Hope
    July 25, 2015
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    Doors of Hope, Inc. mentors and trains women who are nearing release from the Rutherford County Correctional Work Center. They have found that helping inmates at the time of release dramatically reduces recidivism rates, and helps these inmates become responsible, respectable, contributing members of their communities. ...
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    VIDEO: Christ's Calling for the Church to Restorative Justice
    July 25, 2015
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    "Rethink Church" is a series of videos that received an Award of Excellence from the Religion Communicators Council for the "Audio & Video, Broadcast, Non-broadcast & Cable" category for educational videos.  This is the introduction for this powerful series which helps explain how organizations such as Doors...

News and Upcoming Events

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    December Newsletter
    January 7, 2016
    News and Upcoming Events, Newsletter
      “…trials produce perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, HOPE. And it is the HOPE that does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts…” Romans 5:3-5   Christmas Eve, 2015 I’ve been reflecting the past few weeks on the spectacular miracles of Christmas. The messages at church have been pointing out the “strangeness” to be found in...
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    Doors of Hope Firefly Supper Thursday, October 22nd, The Barn at Stone Gate Farm
    November 2, 2015
    News and Upcoming Events
    The Inaugural Firefly Supper benefiting Doors of Hope was a successful collaboration of great chefs, beautiful design, and a powerful message. The Barn at Stone Gate Farm was a gorgeous setting for a chef-prepared scrumptious Firefly Supper on Thursday, October 22nd.  Chefs Brett Corrieri, Executive Chef/Owner at MAFIAoZA'S in Nashville, Mitchell Murphree Chef/Owner at Five Senses, Michael DeChirico, Chef at AdamsPlace Independent Living, Tom...
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    Remembering the Grand Opening of the Doors of Hope Facility
    July 25, 2015
    News and Upcoming Events
    Reprint of an Article Appearing on the WGNS Radio Station Website November 2, 2014: November 2, 2014, marked a beautiful Fall day where the doors of the new administrative offices of Doors of Hope at 428 E Bell Street in Murfreesboro, TN were officially opened by the cutting of the ribbon by County Mayor Ernest Burgess. Doors of Hope Executive Director,...

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Our Success Stories

  • Stories: Solita
    Stories: Solita
    I wanted to take an opportunity to celebrate with you a great stride that was made by Doors of Hope when they offered the matching fund to go towards the outstanding balance that I had on my fines from my DUI conviction in 2011.  This DUI was […]...
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  • Stories: Kaitlyn
    Stories: Kaitlyn
     My name is Kaitlyn and for as long as I can remember, my life was nothing but chaos. Instead of overcoming that chaos, I succumbed to it and let it run my life in nothing but negative ways. I’m trying to change that today. For the first […]...
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  • Stories: Candice
    Stories: Candice
    My name is Candice, I am 34 years old with 2 beautiful boys 9 and 2. What I have and where I am is all because of the glory of my Savior. My savior led the Doors of Hope to me. I was not living the life […]...
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Newsletters

  • December Newsletter
    December Newsletter
      “…trials produce perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, HOPE. And it is the HOPE that does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts…” Romans 5:3-5   Christmas Eve, 2015 I’ve been reflecting the past few weeks on the spectacular […]...
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  • Murfreesboro Doors of Hope June 2015 Newsletter
    Murfreesboro Doors of Hope June 2015 Newsletter
    Dedicated to helping clients build successful lives. www.OpenDoorsofHope.org June 2015 Update Health and wellness are the ultimate goals that Doors of Hope has for its clients. New clients are often burdened by a variety of health and wellness issues when they first enter the program ranging from […]...
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  • Murfreesboro Doors of Hope May 2015 Newsletter
    Murfreesboro Doors of Hope May 2015 Newsletter
    Dedicated to helping clients build successful lives. www.OpenDoorsofHope.org May 2015 Update  “Not too long ago, I was in such a dark, hopeless place that I saw no way out. I was too scared to live and terrified to die. I was stuck…I wanted, and desperately needed help, […]...
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