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Door of Hope helps homeless families get back on their feet

The Lopez family at their Door of Hope graduation. As Mr. Lopez reflected, "We are more responsible with our finances. We argue less and became better parents. Door of Hope has changed the way we structure our home and now we feel confident our family will succeed with faith and trust in God." Photo courtesy of David Filian.

Location

Pasadena , CA United States
Phone: (626) 304-9130

The Lopez family joined Door of Hope in May 2017.

After 16 years, they had fallen on hard times and were evicted from their home. Door of Hope, based in Pasadena, sheltered the family while the parents found additional work in order to save money to move into a new apartment. The four children benefitted from the organization’s after school program.

This past February, the Lopez family graduated from Door of Hope, after finding permanent housing and saving the money necessary to stay in it.

The Lopez family’s experience is emblematic of Door of Hope’s unique approach to combatting homelessness. The organization doesn’t just take a housing first approach, but works holistically with a family, offering them counseling, budgeting classes, after school support and other skills training.

“Let’s get you back up on your feet altogether, so that you leave as a better person,” said David Filian, Manager of Community Engagement with Door of Hope.

Last year, Door of Hope served 103 families across our three locations, including 65 in their transitional and rapid re-housing programs. Eighty-two percent of their graduates have remained in permanent housing. Many families graduate from Door of Hope within several months, but caseworkers check in on families on a long-term basis. Currently, they serve additional 38 families with continuing supportive services upon graduation.

The organization focuses exclusively on families, including single mothers and fathers, as well as families that have survived domestic violence. Door of Hope houses 25 families at a time at its three locations, including one that is geared exclusively towards helping those cope with domestic abuse.

Building up good habits so that the family doesn’t fall back onto hard times is key to the organization’s approach. Many adult clients were homeless as kids, so Door of Hope will give them time to learn how to buy food and cook for their children, and give budgeting lessons to kids as well.

“They learn what their parents are learning also, so that they’re more equipped later on in life to also have the same skills.” said Filian.

To volunteer with Door of Hope, visit their website or call them at (626) 304-9130.

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