Housing is looking very exciting at the Doors of Hope office these days! Doors of Hope recently acquired a new property which is located at 428 E. Bell Street in Murfreesboro. While renovations are still underway, the vision is taking shape. The lower level will house administration, as well as spaces that will be utilized for classes, computer labs, and private counseling sessions. The upper level will serve as emergency housing for the Project Braveheart men who are newly released from RCCWC and in need of shelter. Set up barracks-style, the space can be utilized for group/class sessions as well. Renovations on the 2nd floor include the addition of an efficiency kitchen, washer/dryer, and bathroom with shower. In compliance with city codes, the entire building will be equipped with a new sprinkler system, fire alarm and security system.
Occupancy of the new administrative site will not occur until all renovations are complete, so until that time, Doors of Hope will continue to operate out of the 220 E Vine Street location. We extend sincere gratitude for the generosity of the Christy-Houston Foundation and other donors without whose vision and collaboration this move and enhancement of service delivery would not have been possible.
In the community, the L.I.F.E. (Living in Freedom Everyday) Program continues to offer safe, temporary, emergency housing to women who are released from incarceration. As we all know, one of the fundamental needs in life is shelter. The majority of Doors of Hope clients have nowhere safe to which to return when they are released if they hope to be successful in rebuilding their lives. The success stories of clients who have benefited from the emergency, temporary housing of the L.I.F.E. Program are truly awe-inspiring as clients overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges ranging from going back to school, to getting jobs, to getting custody of children, to getting driver licenses, to recovery from addictions, to learning about nutrition and healthy lifestyles, to getting and maintaining safe, permanent homes of their own. Doors of Hope clients work side-by-side with mentors, godmothers, and volunteers to achieve their goals.
The age of miracles is still with us, and we see that evidenced in the life of each client who decides to choose hope over despair. It is amazing what a peaceful night’s sleep in a safe, clean bed without fear of where to go tomorrow can do to restore that hope.
As a client who is still walking through life with Doors of Hope; still setting and achieving goals; still enjoying being a contributing citizen in my community; still in recovery from addiction; still employed full-time; still actively involved with my church; and still living with my daughter in a safe, affordable, permanent place of our own, I am eternally grateful, and I will never forget that first night of safe, clean sleep.
~ Solita M. ~
To fill out an application for our housing program (L.I.F.E), please click on link below:
On August 1st, Project Braveheart graduated a record class of 22 men!The ceremony was highlighted by several moving speeches describing the program’s impact and each man’s desire for change.Here are a few comments from the evaluations submitted at the end of class…
“This is literally one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I have desired change in my life for a long time now and this class has gave me the confidence in pursuing it. I see a bright future ahead of me for the first time in my life. I love you guys! Thank you so much!”
“I would recommend this program to any human being. I’ve learned how to think before acting, how to show maturity better and how to love others, rather than being a selfish individual.”
“I love this class. It is very insightful, and to know there are genuine people out there that care about you is an awesome thing, and to learn that there is a different way of life that works.”
We started a new class on August 15th with 41 men signed up, so please pray for the teaching team! While we cover a lot of great material in the Friday classes, the key to this program is personal relationships. And our 5-man teaching team can’t possibly connect on that level with 41 men.So we desperately need mentors! The only requirements are to write a letter per week and to regularly pray for your mentee.You don’t have to be a spiritual Superman — just an ordinary guy who is trying to follow Christ and wants to help other men do the same.
Thank you! As we celebrate our fourth year of work, Doors of Hope celebrates more than 400 men and womenwho have graduated from our classes at RCCWC and RCADC. In addition to that instruction, Doors of Hope seeks to reduce the recidivism rates by helping facilitate the reintegration of citizens released from correctional and/or rehabilitative institutions back into society. By mentoring each unique client with life skills, coaching with goal-setting and providing accountability for progress toward those goals, many clients are able to achieve dignity and manageability of their lives. It is the consistent monthly giving of our regular supporters that provides the cash flow of our organization that makes it possible for us to even qualify for grants.
Would you like to join us in making a huge difference in changing someone’s tomorrow morning? A pledge of $10 or $20 per month provides much-needed cash flow and enables us to make the dollar for dollar match required by the granting agencies. A pledge of $30 per month, $360 a year, can provide rent for that first crucial month after a person is released.Click here to donate on-line.