years serving our community
Doors of Hope has been serving as a reentry initiative for the incarcerated and those being released from incarceration in Rutherford County and surrounding counties since 2011.
THOUSANDs of dollars raised
Fundraisers and generous individuals and organizations keep our mission alive. Each donation contributes to the success of our programs and lives of each of our clients.
lives of women Impacted
Each woman that enters our program inside the jail, or through our post release re-entry program receives education, encouragement and a second chance at life.
Doors of Hope provides much needed mentoring and training for women who are nearing release from incarceration or rehab from Rutherford county and surroundings.
Needs assessments reveal that approximately 40% of the women set for release from Rutherford County’s correctional facilities will be homeless or returning to an unsafe environment that will place them at high risk for relapse or recidivism. These clients are encouraged to apply for our transitional housing program. In this safe, structured environment, clients are much more likely to succeed. Clients are required to secure employment by Week 4-6 and begin paying $70 per week for program expenses. As clients navigate through the 12-month program, they begin putting their newly-learned life skills to work and require less supervision. Thereby they feel more empowered to assume greater levels of responsibility for managing life on their own.
Statistics show that 67% of those released without assistance will be reincarcerated within 3 years. Those who have participated in the Doors of Hope re-entry program for more than 6 months are reincarcerated at a rate of just 3%, and no one who has stayed with the program for a year or more has ever reoffended.
For our clients living sober is like learning a “new normal.” This includes recovery meetings, counseling sessions, and building community with people that support the client's decision to get clean and stay sober. Clients will meet with their own recovery coach each week for accountability.
With recovery coaches and mentors, the clients are encouraged to keep fighting their battles, whatever they might be. One example of ways we keep our clients focused on their goals is through visualizing their "keys to success" by writing their goals on tags with keys attached. When they reach their goal, they get to keep their key as a reminder of their achievement.