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A Season of Gratitude

Fall 2017

Electronic bidding, provided by Qtego, starts on Friday, November 3. You do not need to be present to bid on silent auction items. Bidding assistance will be available at the event for participants who do not have a smart phone. Visit our web site at www.openingdoorsdbq.org to purchase sponsorships and tickets. You can also fill out and return the form on page 3. (Story continued on page 3.)

$5,000 Ruby

$2,500 Sapphire Joe & Linda Chlapaty

Photo Credit: Life through a Polaroid Design: Luckythirteen Design

The 16th annual “Attitude of Gratitude” (AOG) is happening Saturday, November 18 at the Grand River Center. Join our hosts Jeff Vaassen and Pati Gallogly, and our 500 guests, as we usher in the holiday season in grand style. Our largest fundraiser of the year features a plated dinner, silent and live auction items, three raffles, music by “Tapestry,” and inspiring stories from our residents.



Dinner • Silent & Live Auctions • Three Raffles Inspiring Stories • Entertainment by Tapestry

$1,000 Emerald Tickets $70 | Registration at openingdoorsdbq.org

Terry & Paula Friedman

years of being a meth addict, Amy said the Staff Celebrates Amy’s After best thing that happened to her was being arrested in 2016. She was sentenced to Drug Court, which Drug Court Graduation literally saved her life. Some say Drug Court is

worse than prison, but Amy thrived in the program. She has been 548 days sober and graduated from Drug Court on September 21. She was also the first of our program graduates selected for the new Francis Apartments (located on the Steeple Square campus next to Maria House). Amy is thankful for the support from the Opening Doors' staff for helping her get through this program, and we were all so proud of her as we witnessed her achieve this milestone!

Wedding Bells for New Staffer

Wedding bells rang out this month for the new Mrs. Celeste Dolter, our Program Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator. Celeste came on board in August of this year. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Clarke University. Prior to joining the Opening Doors' team, Celeste worked as an Activities Coordinator at Stonehill and ran the Meals on Wheels Program in Dubuque County. Celeste has a strong passion for helping those in need and enjoys making a difference in the lives of others. Celeste plans to continue her education next year, and receive her Masters in Clinical Psychology, with the hopes of someday obtaining her Doctorate. Celeste enjoys spending time with her family and friends, music, and her two cat “fur children.” If you are interested in volunteering for Opening Doors, email Celeste at volunteer@openingdoorsdbq.org.

Steeple Square News

What an exciting year for our community partner Steeple Square! Tasked with the revitalization of the former St. Mary’s Church campus, Opening Doors has been partnering with this energized nonprofit organization since 2010. This year has seen major momentum in this multi-phase revitalization project that encompasses the Community Event Center (former St. Mary’s Church), the Francis Apartments (former St. Mary’s school), and the Marita Theisen Childcare Center (former St. Mary’s rectory).

Phase one of the campus revitalization plan included the completion of the Francis Apartments, thanks to the generosity of Joseph & Linda Chlapaty (pictured right). On July 27, over 200 community members attended the official ribbon cutting ceremony at the Apartments. Opening Doors launched our third doorway of hope—permanent supportive housing—in eight of the 12 apartments. The Apartments are owned by Steeple Square, managed by Gronen Properties with supportive services provided by Opening Doors. The Apartments opened ahead of schedule on August 1.

On September 18, Steeple Square announced the future home of the Marita Theisen Childcare Center in the former St. Mary’s church rectory. Naming Rights for the center were generously funded by Jim & Marita Theisen (pictured left), along with their children and grandchildren. The center will provide affordable and accessible childcare to about 100 children, including the families of Opening Doors. Lack of affordable child care is one of the top barriers for homeless and low income families in our community. Families at Maria House will soon be able to walk across the parking lot to drop off their children for child care on their way to work or attending classes. The licensed center will take babies through fourth grade. Renovation will begin in 2018. Steeple Square hopes to have it open by late 2018 or early 2019. They are also working on a potential partnership with the Dubuque Community Y on this project.

A Season of Gratitude (cont. from cover)

Raffle tickets are $5.00 each and are available at Opening Doors, or at the event. Choose from three selections: (1) Snow blower donated by Jim & Marita Theisen; (2) Dine Around Town (six $50 gift certificates from area restaurants including: 1st & Main, Carlos O’Kelly’s, Fried Green Tomatoes, L.May Eatery, Moracco, Vinny Vanucchi’s); and (3) 50/50 Cash Raffle. Event tickets are $70/each. All proceeds empower homeless women and children in our community.

To reserve your seat or sponsorship, visit our web site at www.openingdoorsdbq.org, or complete the form below and mail to:

$800 TABLE SPONSORS as of 10/9/17 Alliant Energy Archdiocese of Dubuque Tom & Joyce Connors Family Matt & Kara Dodds DB&T/Heartland Financial DuTrac Community Credit Union Eide Bailly Honkamp Krueger & Co. Kunkel & Associates Sisters of Charity, BVM Sisters of the Presentation StackStone Wealth

Opening Doors, 2100 Asbury Road, Suite 8, Dubuque, IA 52001. For more information, call Ann at 563-582-7480. Logo designed by Carrie Hannan.

Sponsorship opportunities include a $400 “Share-a Table” sponsorship that includes five tickets, as well as sponsorships of $800, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000 or $10,000 that each include a table for 10.

$1,000 - $5,000 sponsors are listed on the cover.

IN-KIND SPONSORS CR Signs Inc, Dubuque Advertiser, Union-Hoermann Press


___# of Individual Tickets: $70 ____Sponsor Level (Circle One: $400, $800, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000) ____# of Individual Tickets Table (10)a- table $800for 10. $400 --5$70 tickets. ____Sponsored All sponsorships $800+ receive

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A New SeasonAwaits

by Michelle Brown, Executive Director

Looking out my office window, I see the leaves changing to beautiful shades of gold and red—autumn has arrived. In viewing the transformation that this beautiful season brings, I become cognizant of the fact that this is also the autumn of my life. A time to slow down a little, reflect on my past two seasons and look forward to what I hope will be the best season of my life—a perfect time to announce my retirement. When I was hired as Opening Door’s first Executive Director almost 18 years ago, I felt both honored and privileged to have the opportunity to lead this new nonprofit. There were times that I thought to myself—“What have I gotten into?” But, never for a minute, have I ever regretted accepting this job, challenging as it can be. I have been blessed with an amazing Board of Directors, who so generously share their skills and talents with our organization, as well as dedicated staff members, who work tirelessly for and with the homeless women and children we serve. I will miss witnessing the large and small successes of the women and the smiles on the faces of the beautiful children we serve, when they realize they no longer have to worry about where they are going to sleep at night. They can now just focus on being a kid again!

Watching the mothers and children grow and thrive has been inspiring for me. It has also been eye-opening to realize that any one of us could find ourselves homeless if we didn’t have an adequate support system to fall back on. Giving women a second and sometimes a third or fourth chance to put their lives together makes me realize everyday how lucky I am to have such a great support network of family and friends—something most of us take for granted.

So you may ask—why have I decided to retire now? It is truly with mixed emotion that I made this decision. But I have six very important reasons—Luke, Colin, Olivia, Noah, Brody and Gavin. With six grandchildren seven years of age and younger, I can’t think of any better reason. I want to fully embrace my role as “Grandma,” because I know how fleeting these moments are.

Our Board of Directors is doing a comprehensive and strategic search for my replacement, and I intend to continue to lead Opening Doors, and support our staff and residents as long as it takes to identify and train the very best candidate. I am immensely grateful to have had the opportunity to lead this wonderful organization. Opening Doors will always have a special place in my heart and I will always be committed to this amazing organization and its mission. Thank you for all you do for the homeless women and children in our community! Through your efforts, Opening Doors has served over 3,000 women and children, assisting them in rebuilding their lives and giving them hope for a brighter tomorrow!

Opening Doors

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES 2100 Asbury Road, Suite 8 Dubuque, Iowa 52001 Operating Hours: 8 AM to 5 PM

Phone: 563.582.7480 563.582.7467 Fax: E-mail: info@openingdoorsdbq.org Web: www.openingdoorsdbq.org Maria House: 1561 Jackson Street, 563.582.6286 Teresa Shelter: 1111 Bluff Street, 563.690.0086

Mission: Opening Doors offers hospitality and opportunity to women, alone or with children, who need emergency or transitional housing and related support services.

Maria House provides a bridge for women, with or without children, striving to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency and independent living. Teresa Shelter provides emergency and transitional shelter for all women, with or without children, who find themselves homeless due to circumstances beyond their control.

Board of Directors

President: Mary Ellen Green, OP Vice President: Matt Dodds Secretary/Treasurer: Mike Welbes Brandon Bauer Kim Budde Jill Connors Bernadine Curoe, SVM Kevin Deeny Kay Gaul, OSF Daisy Halvorson Elena Hoye, PBVM Lindsey Jelinek

Cathy Kelley Nancy Manning Mary McCauley, BVM Timothy Pope Sarah Ross Craig Schaefer Jeff Vaassen Julie Woodyard

Opening Doors’ Team

Executive Director: Michelle Brown, LBSW mbrown@openingdoorsdbq.org Development and Marketing Director Ann Lorenz alorenz@openingdoorsdbq.org

Opening Doors Program Director Heather LuGrain hlugrain@openingdoorsdbq.org Office Manager: Cozette Oberhoffer cozette@openingdoorsdbq.org

Maria House Case Manager: Brittany Beesecker mhcmngr@openingdoorsdbq.org Teresa Shelter Case Manager: Kiresten Bauer tscmngr@openingdoorsdbq.org

Education & Employment Case Manager Kathy Flynn, OP kflynn@openingdoorsdbq.org

Program Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator Celeste Dolter volunteer@openingdoorsdbq.org Maintenance: Jack Williams

Program Advocates: Michaela Bleeker, Hannah Eby, Callie Owens, Kaitie Panka, Bria Lenten, Nancy Ross

“Birdies Fore Beds” Raises $17K

In its second year of hosting charity golf outings, the Thunder Hills Women’s Association raised $17,012 for Opening Doors on August 17—almost double last year’s total. At 2 PM, 108 ladies prepared to tee off for nine holes at the scenic Thunder Hills Country Club. The event featured over 68 raffle prizes, 24 silent auction packages, and 74 door prizes! The keynote speaker was the first program graduate to be selected for Opening Doors’ third doorway of hope—the permanent supportive housing program at the new Francis Apartments on the Steeple Square Campus. Our heartfelt thanks to Andy De Sollar, Brian Wilson, Angela Osterkamp and the entire staff at Thunder Hills Country Club; the Thunder Hills Women’s Association; and the fun-loving planning committee (pictured below - left to right): Jan Hayertz, Sue Tefft, Beth Rowe, Dr. Amy Vaassen, Nancy Fett, and Joellen Herkert. (Not pictured: Cynthia Nelson and Elaine Schemmel)

Pictured top right: Nancy Fett, Dr. Amy Vaassen, Dana Priest, and Cheryl Syke. Pictured below right: Sue Williams, Adele Nicks, Sue Horning, and Julie Norby. Logo and publicity materials designed by Kt Schramm.

New Venue for Ladies Night at Steeple Square

On September 14, 325 ladies came to the Steeple Square Community Event Center for “Ladies Night Out.” Hosted by FloorShow Furniture & Flooring at their location for many years, this was the first time this event saw a new venue. With 55 vendors contributing $2,500 in door prizes, our guests were able to peruse a wide variety of booths including food and wine samples. Over $4,000 was raised for the homeless families that we serve.

Many thanks Dick Gregory and his staff at the FloorShow and to Adele Nicks for coordinating this event. Pictured below: Lucas from James Martin Jewelers and Karie from O So Good Winery, two of our 55 vendors.

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Unlock Brighter Tomorrows with a Planned Gift to Opening Doors

The effects of homelessness, especially on children, are devastating. They fall behind in school, receive inadequate health care and grow up with insecurity and despair. They are more likely to be victims of physical or sexual abuse, be diagnosed with mental illness and suffer from behavioral or emotional problems. Help us create a “new future” for these children and touch the lives of future homeless women and children by leaving your legacy with a planned gift to Opening Doors.

Planned Gift Options BEQUEST

A bequest is the most common and easiest way for you to make a planned gift. A bequest is a gift through your will or revocable trust that is simple to arrange, may reduce

your taxable estate and allows you to retain the use of your assets throughout your lifetime.


Please contact your financial advisor or attorney for more information on Charitable Remainder Unitrusts, Charitable Remainder Annuity Trusts and Charitable Gift Annuities.


This is a gifting opportunity for those 70½ or over. You are able to make tax-free distributions from your IRA directly to Opening Doors. Tax advantage: estate and income tax.


Make a gift by naming Opening Doors as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy, or you can irrevocably assign your life insurance policy to Opening Doors. Tax advantage: estate and income tax.

Opening Doors recommends that you consult with your financial advisor or attorney on how to design a customized planned gift.

Record Increase in Intakes at Teresa Shelter

Opening Doors’ Teresa Shelter, located at 1111 Bluff Street, can accommodate up to 30 homeless women and children each night. The shelter offers emergency services providing the basics—food, water, shelter and clothing—for up to 30 days, and up to six months in extended stay, with a possible extension. Over the past year, Teresa Shelter has experienced a record increase in admissions of 23%. The need for homeless shelter services continues to rise and Teresa Shelter has been operating at maximum capacity for the majority of this year. Opening Doors continues to collaborate with our community partners to address this increase in demand.

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Opening the Door to a Brighter Tomorrow!

Opening Doors is grateful for IN HONOR OF the continued support of our In honor of 2017 BVM community friends. Donations Jubilarians are from 6/27/17 to 10/6/17. Anonymous To inform us of any omissions Sr. Karen Conover or errors, please contact us at In honor of Donna Beadle 563-582-7480. Dr. Leonard & Tyra Kutsch *Indicated contributions to our In honor of Sr. Kathy Flynn Michael Flynn new Adopt-A-Family Fund. In honor of Sunny’s **Contributions for Francis Birthday Apartments Rent Subsidies Dianne Kettmann (for graduates of Maria House and Teresa Shelter).


+Contributions to “Birthday-in- Anderson Corporate a Box” children’s party fund. Foundation Dubuque County Supervisors COMMUNITY Great Lakes Grant FOUNDATION OF Iowa Institute for Community GREATER DUBUQUE Alliances **McDonough Foundation Endowment & Special Realtor Foundation Donor Advised Funds Sisters of St. Francis Ministry Grant Carol Bitter & James Purtell Sinsinawa Ministry Fund Nancy Link-Dolphin **Wahlert Foundation Chris & Susan Lundell Joy McCarthy Mike and Judy McCoy GENERAL GIFTS, Dave & Donna Schueller & “A BED OF HOPE” Robert & Donna Wahlert Alliant Credit Union- “Jeans for a Cause” promotion BEQUESTS Donna Bauerly Estate of Catherine (Kay) Jerome & Mary Ann Hoffmann Beckman Estate of Frank Honigman Marty & Cindy Berns Bertsch Family Gift Fund Lauren Bingham IN MEMORY OF Donna Bisanz In memory of DeLos Mary Lou Blatnik Bohnsack Glen & Dianna Boehme Randy & Debra Bakken Thomas & Molly Brehm In memory of Mary Lou *Christopher & Fiona Breslin Brackett Dave Bunting Patrick Niemer In memory of Helen Maher Catholic Charities Chavenelle Studios/ Garvey, BVM Gail Chavenelle Sr. Mary McCauley In memory of Bob Gibbons Church of the Resurrection Michael Connolly Wanda Gibbons Cushman’s Greenhouse 9th In memory of Bonnie Annual Mother’s Day Gloeckner Fundraiser Allen Gloeckner Kevin Deeny & Megan Stull In memory of Sam Latimer Dixie Demmer Timothy & Cathy Latimer Sr. Liz Donahue *In memory of Ambrose & Dubuque Pediatrics Florence McDonnell Dubuque Supply Company Marlene McDonnell *Sr. Ann Marie Dunn DuTrac Community Credit Union - staff donation

Sr. Bev Eichler Phyllis Errthum Mary Esmann Esther Fagan Francis & Doreen Fager Charles & Mary Fahey Mark & Lisa Farley Pat Flanagan Elizabeth Fleming & Friends Full of Life Chiropractic Dr. Neal Rolwes Rich & Connie Gabrielson Terrance & Tammie Gassman Richard Gaul Allen Gloeckner Mary Ann Green Sr. Rita Green Keith & Erin Habel Keith & Daisy Halvorson Thomas & Nancy Healy David & Jane Heiar Sr. Mary Kenneth Hemann Kevin Hennessey & Rabecca Miller-Hennessey HK Financial Services Jeans Day proceeds Betty Hillary Bob & Lamee Holscher Charitable Trust Holy Trinity Fraternity Secular Franciscan Jason & Susan Hughes Jeffrey & Beth Kaiser Kalmes Restaurant Sr. Elvira Kelley Patricia Kelly David Kemp Julie Kemp Genevieve Kiefer Sr. LouAnn Kilburg Sarah Knapp Julia Koellner Pat & Julia Koellner Family Charitable Trust Teresa Kolz-Danuser Sharon Kress & Keith Cook Rev. Eugene Kutsch Charles Lane Matthew & Katie Lange L.I.N.D.A. Organization Dr. Ross & Sally Madden Joan McClain Patrick & Christine McNamara *Nancy, Nila & Nana Meyerhafer Emily Moes Shirley Morris Sr. Mildred Nachtman Patrick Niemer

+Mike & Kelsey Nolan John & Joy Oberhausen Harold & Ruth Ann Oglesby Joanne O’Hara Sr. Mary Paynter Phat Quarters Quilting Pat Piekenbrock Premier Bank *Sr. Mary Lou Reisch +Warren Reiser Rockdale United Methodist Church Wendell & Mary Ryder St. Matthew Lutheran Church St. Pius X Parish St. Raphael’s Cathedral Don & Wilma Sanders +Gwen Sayler Lawrence & Helen Schaul Laurence & Irene Scherrman Mark & Sue Schneider Marlene Schrobilgen Kristin Schroeder **Matthew Schromen Christian & Megan Schultheis Sandralee Scott Shirley Sigman Bonnie Sims Mel & Sherry Sisler Sisters of Charity, BVM *Sisters of Charity, BVM Dr. David & Eva Stabenow Sr. Mary Arnold Staudt Don & Carole Strumberger James & Ranae Sunny Sr. Marian Sweeney Tapestry - fundraiser at Inspire Cafe The Residences - ice cream social & pool golf fundraiser Jim & Marita Theisen Paul & Mary Thompson Bud & Cherie Trapp United way of Dubuque Area Tri-States United Way of the Quad Cities Thomas & Karlyn Van Gelder Gerald & Eva Vize Roger & Lynn Vogt Van & Shirley Waggoner Robert & Donna Wahlert Susan Wahlert Sr. Catherina Walsh Sr. Catherine Weisensel Sr. Myra Weitel Wellness on Davis/ Lisa Schmidt Bill & Mary Ellen White Annette Wohlers

“Attitude of Gratitude” sponsors are listed on pages 1 & 2.


Thunder Hills Country Club

1,000 Level

Dubuque Mattress Factory Prudential Q Casino

$500 Level

Collins Community Credit Union Crescent Electric Supply Co. Cummer Masonry, Inc. Finnin Ford & Kia Vaassen Chiropractic and Acupuncture

$250 Level

American Trust & Savings Bank Comfort Care Crossroads Counseling Center LC Fett Accounting & Tax Services Galena Mini Storage Cynthia & Don Nelson Brian & Linda Southwood $100 Level Dubuque Dental Associates, PC Edwards Cast Stone Co. Mike & Susan Fleege Jeff & Linda Goldsmith Harris Golf Cars Gene & Jan Hayertz McCoy Group Inc. Mi-T-M Corporation Rainbo Oil Co./Kwik Stop/ Dairy Queen Rousselot Inc. Runde Auto Group The Calico Bean Market Theisen’s Home, Farm and Auto Sue Tefft/The Window Dresser Proud to be a United Way Agency!





Administrative Offices 2100 Asbury Road, Suite 8 Dubuque, IA 52001

When Wish List items are donated, we are able to use valuable operating funds to improve living and lifestyle conditions. It is best to receive items that are new and durable to last for an extended period. Please call in advance to determine our most current needs. Donations can be dropped off at Teresa Shelter, 1111 Bluff Street, or to our Administrative Office located at 2100 Asbury Road, Suite 8 (Monday Friday from 8 AM to Noon or 1 to 4 PM, or Sundays any time).

Top Needs

(1) Tax Deductible Cash Donations (2) Gift Cards (i.e., gas cards, Dollar Tree,

Dominos, Eagles, Hardees, Hartig Drug, Hy-Vee, KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Staples Target, Taco John’s, Walgreens, Wal-Mart)

(3) Floor Cleaner and Diapers #4 & #5

13-gallon garbage bags Air freshener Aluminum foil Award/Good job ribbons & stickers Bath & body baskets Bleach Body Wash Bus tickets Cleaning rags Copy paper (8.5 x 11″) Deodorant Diapers #4 & #5 Dish towels Dishwasher soap Disinfectant spray (i.e., Lysol) Dryer sheets

Floor cleaner Hair brushes & combs (new only) Liquid body wash Liquid hand soap & refills Liquid laundry detergent Magic erasers M&Ms (Christmas colors) Paper towels Postage stamps Shampoo & conditioner (full-size) Sharpies Toddler pull ups Toilet paper *NEW* Vacuum cleaner Umbrellas Ziploc gallon bags

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Opening Doors’ Autumn Wish List

PLEASE NOTE: Due to space limitations at both shelters, we cannot accept donations of clothing, bedding or furniture. However, our staff collaborates with the following organizations where our residents can obtain necessary clothing and furniture for their family free of charge with a referral from Opening Doors’ staff. DUBUQUE RESCUE MISSION: 563.583.1394 ST. VINCENT DePAUL: 563.582.3733 OPEN CLOSET: 563.495-0885 - located in St. John’s Church, 1276 White St. Please call first. (Drop off M/W/Th 8 to 11 AM)

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October 2017 newsletter for web  

Opening Doors is the nonprofit organization that operates Maria House, Teresa Shelter and the permanent supportive housing program for our g...

October 2017 newsletter for web  

Opening Doors is the nonprofit organization that operates Maria House, Teresa Shelter and the permanent supportive housing program for our g...