by Sara Steuer
In the two decades since Opening Door’s first “Attitude of Gratitude” fall gala, over 4,000 women and children have stepped through the organizations “three doorways of hope” on their journey to self-sufficiency. The nonprofit which, operates three locations (Maria House, Teresa Shelter, and the supportive housing program at the Francis Apartments), prides itself on providing much more than just a place to sleep. Development and Marketing Director Ann Lorenz says Opening Doors gives women an “opportunity to claim their own power and become self-sufficient.” It’s in this spirit of celebration and gratitude, and through the continuing generosity of the Dubuque community, that the gala has helped successfully fund Opening Door’s mission of service throughout these past 20 years.
The gala, which attracts an average of 500 guests each year and features over 40 sponsors, typically accounts for one-sixth of the organization’s yearly operating budget, making it a vital lifeline in funding the non-profit’s mission of providing life skills training that enables women to achieve their full potential, while offering a hand up in the world – not a handout.
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