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Elton John Tickets Go Live!

July 2018

fter more than a half century on the road and an unparalleled career with sales of over 300 million records, Elton John has embarked on his final tour: “Farewell Yellow Brick Road.” Join us at the 17th annual “Attitude of Gratitude” (AOG) on Saturday, November 17, for an opportunity to bid to see one of the best-selling artists of all time perform LIVE for the last time! This auction package includes two tickets, airfare and two nights of hotel accommodations at a Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton or a comparable hotel. Available 2019 dates and venues include: January 22, 23, 25 or 30 in Los Angeles (Staples Center), March 5 or 6 in New York City (Madison Square Garden), or September 10 or 11 in Anaheim (Honda Center).


Join AOG hosts Bobbi Earles (emcee) and Jeff Vaassen (auctioneer) at the Grand River Center for Opening Doors’ largest fundraiser of the year. Tickets are $70 and sponsor levels are detailed below. AOG event proceeds comprise one-sixth of our annual budget, so your support is greatly appreciated! Unable to attend? Donations are welcome! AOG features silent and live auction items, a delicious meal, Empower-a-Life, and an inspiring story from a formerly homeless woman whose life has been transformed by the life skills programming at Opening Doors. Electronic bidding powered by QTEGO.


Chicken Parmesan, Cheese Ravioli, Green Bean Almondine, Salad, Rolls, White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheese Cake/Double Layer Chocolate Cake (placed alternately). Vegetarian and gluten free options available upon request.

All sponsors will be listed in our October newsletter. Levels $800 and up include a table for 10. The Share-A-Table sponsorship comes with five seats. For more information, email Ann at alorenz@openingdoorsdbq.org, or call 563.582.7480.

Sponsorship Opportunities Diamond: $10,000

Ruby: $5,000


Emerald: $1,000 Table: $800

Share-A-Table: $400

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Six Month Check Up

I can’t believe I’ve had my dream job for over six months! Time is flying by and I continue to learn new things and be inspired every day. Opening Doors is blessed with an AMAZING team! I am in awe of the energy and talent this team brings to the table. Every day. 24/7/365.

I am so humbled and honored to work with this group helping women and children build a better life. I cannot truly empathize with what it feels like to be homeless, but my cup of compassion overflows. Executive Director Carol Gebhart and her children Ava and Braden

Let me tell you about one of the incredible ladies that Opening Doors has served. Marie came to the Teresa Shelter…and struggled. As a woman who had successfully provided for herself for many years, being homeless was a bitter pill to swallow. She left, and subsequently experienced an awakening and realized that she’d been doing it on her own for so long, but it wasn’t working. She was ready to ask for help. She came back, and the magic began. Marie’s transformation was huge. Instead of bucking rules and programming, she began embracing them. She became the “resident advisor,” helping many women who came to shelter with the same mindset that she had on her first visit. She experienced great success at her job—receiving company recognition and awards for her service. Marie says that learning to love herself was the key. It opened her eyes—and her “I’s.” Her “I” messages to herself changed everything. “I am strong.” “ I am beautiful.” “ I am worthy.”

Marie’s goal was to save enough money to move out of state to be near her daughter. She achieved her goal and is now living in an apartment, secured employment, and spreading her positive attitude on life everywhere she goes. Certainly, I am blessed to know Marie. What a great inspiration she is, and she left her heartprint on us all.

YOU also inspire me—I am amazed at the wonderful community support that pours in. Dubuque is a wonderful community and your kindness and willingness to help others is something to be proud of. We could not do this work without your support.

I wish I could say that the need for services was taking a downturn. Quite the opposite—we are operating at or near capacity and have been for all of 2018. In 2017, we had a record number of bed nights at Teresa Shelter—a 23% increase over 2016. We are on track to serve as many or more than 2017.

Maria House and Francis Apartments are staying their course in providing transitional and permanent supportive housing. It’s been almost a year since the Francis Apartments opened. We are so fortunate to be able to offer this opportunity. Permanent supportive housing has been proven to break the cycle of homelessness. Our Francis Apartments residents are LOVING their new homes!

Opening Doors

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES 2100 Asbury Road, Suite 8 Dubuque, IA 52001 Operating Hours: 8 AM to 4 PM

Phone: 563.582.7480 Fax: 563.582.7467 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 Francis Apartments: 1501 Jackson Street

Opening Doors is the nonprofit organization that operates Maria House, Teresa Shelter and the permanent supportive housing program at the Francis Apartments. Homeless women, alone or with children, come to us to help rebuild their lives. We provide goal setting and life skills training that will enable them to take care of themselves and achieve their full potential. Women are dependent when the enter...independent when they leave.

Board of Directors

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

Elena Hoye, PBVM Lindsey Jelinek Mira Mosle, BVM Timothy Pope Sarah Ross Craig Schaefer Jeff Vaassen Julie Woodyard

Opening Doors’ Team

Executive Director: Carol Gebhart cgebhart@openingdoorsdbq.org

Development and Marketing Director Ann Lorenz alorenz@openingdoorsdbq.org

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

Maria House Case Manager: Ashley Ehrlich aehrlich@openingdoorsdbq.org

Education & Employment Case Manager Kathy Flynn, OP kflynn@openingdoorsdbq.org Teresa Shelter Case Manager: Helen Steward hsteward@openingdoorsdbq.org PART-TIME STAFF

Maintenance: Jack Williams

Program Advocates: Miranda Addison, Michaela Dohleman, Kaitie Panka, Nancy Ross, Michelle Wolfe, Kelsey Zettle

In memory of Dolores & Lloyd Ouderkirk Rev. Lloyd Paul Ouderkirk In memory of Carl. J. Pfeifer In memory Leon Kilburg Janaan Manternach Sr. LouAnn Kilburg In memory of Elva Prenosil In memory of Peggy Baxter Knight Jeanne Harrington William & Wanda Knight In memory of Sr. M. Philomena In memory of Ruth Kruse & Rasselli Herbert Lampe LouAnn Bauck John & Janet Schroeder In memory of Marjorie Schmidt In memory of Ray & Louise Kutsch The Walter Family Norb & Linda Kutsch In memory of Evelyn & family In memory of John & Marion Lane members of Clarence & Evelyn Charles Lane Stohlmeyer In memory of the Loosbrock Family Pauline Wiezorek Sr. Davida Loosbrock In memory of Leo Joseph & Mary In memory of Ambrose & Florence Agnes Theisen McDonnell and Sheila McDonald Geri Buelow Marlene McDonnell In memory of Don Wubben In memory of the Elaine Meloy Marilyn Wubben Barbara Meloy Callahan In memory of Molly Zelinskas In memory of Sandi Michel Pat Piekenbrock John & Nancy Ferry In memory of Mary O’Connell Anonymous Rich & Katie Beeson Jon & Kathryn Berkley Keith & Sheila Berkley Kunnigunda Biener BrandTech Scientific, Inc. Community Foundation Terrence Burke of Greater Dubuque Emily Bush Carol Bitter & James Purtell Sarah Greer Bush The Cody Family Fund The Chase Family Peggy Furey Crahan Fund Tony Feather Featherston Family Donor Advised Jeffrey & Rebecca Freeman Endowment Terry & Paula Friedman James & Susan Lindsay Anne Hedrick Nancy Link-Dolphin Victoria & Mark Herring Joy McCarthy Marge Huber R.D. McDonald Memorial Fund Bill & Barbara Huck Rob & Leann McDonald Zachary Kelly Jim & Venice Richardson Bob & Kathy Marsh James A. and Mary Schmid Endowed Joseph McInerney Donor Advised Fund Marla McKinney David & Donna Schueller Megan Mio Jim & Marita Theisen Mark Niemer & Yasyn Lee Robert & Donna Wahlert Donor Wendy Oberbroeckling Advised Fund John J. O’Connell

Friends of Opening Doors

Opening Doors is grateful for the In honor of the Sinsinawa 60, 70, continued support from our community 75 & 80 Year Diamond Jubilarians friends. Donations are from 1/27/18 to 2,155 Collective Years of Ministry 7/10/18. To inform us of any omissions Sinsinawa Dominican Leadership or errors, contact us at 563-582-7480. Council Thank you for supporting our mission! Sr. Angela Donovan Sr. Patty Gallagher Sr. Dorothy Kennedy Sr. Claire McCaslin Sr. Joan O’Shea Karen Chesterman Estate Sr. Mary Paynter Frank Honigman Estate Sr. Mary Jane Quinn Leave your legacy with a In honor of the 185th Anniversary planned gift to Opening Doors of Sisters of Charity Sr. Julianne Brockamp In honor of Franciscan Jubilarians of 2018 Sisters of St. Francis In honor of the Leadership of the American Trust & Savings Bank Sisters of the Presentation as they Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters leave office: Srs. Julianne Dubuque Bank & Trust Brockamp, Ann Jackson, Beth Dubuque Kiwanis Club Driscoll and Leanne Welch Dubuque Racing Association Sr. Lou Anglin Prudential Foundation Sr. Teri Handro Sinsinawa Ministry Fund Sr. LaDonna Manternach United Way of Dubuque Area In honor of the Marriage of Amy Tri-States Wickham & Patrick Niemer Pat Williams & Ralph Steckman


Grants & Special Funds

In Honor of

In honor of Tony & Karen Clemen’s 50th Wedding Anniversary Jim & Charlotte Halverson In honor of Monica Hauser’s Bridal Shower Doris Brown Jessica Brown Elisha Cicirelli Krystal Rahe In honor of Gene & Jan Hayertz’ 50th Wedding Anniversary Terry & Paula Friedman In honor of Sr. Helen Huewe Donald & Jeananne Freymann In honor of Lynn King Sr. Catherine Weisensel In honor of Dar Kirch’s Birthday Mark Kirch In honor of Sr. Imogene Klein’s 70th Jubilee Sisters fo St. Francis In honor of Terry & Rae Ann Maiers Raymond Corry In honor of Sr. Mary McCauley Sr. Kathleen Carr In honor of Nancy McNamer’s Birthday Barbara Hackbarth In honor of Dr. Greg Paulson’s Retirement Tim & Mary Moothart

In Memory of

In memory of Dolores M. Apel Sr. Maureen Patrice Fury In memory of Marlyn & Jodi Bausman Joyce Bausman In memory of Patricia Bohy Jodie Bramel In memory of Karen Chesterman John Chesterman In memory of Harold Davis Linda Takes Davis In memory of Sr. Wilma Dress Gerald & Mary Jorgensen In memory of Velma & Gordon Flynn Michael Flynn In memory of Bob Gibbons Wanda Gibbons In memory of Bonnie Gloeckner Allen Gloeckner In memory of Sr. Jeanne Granville Sr. Mary McCauley In memory of Dr. John Hess Jan Hess In memory of Ron Huber Marge Huber In memory of Adele Kass Sr. Corinne Kutsch

Endowment & Special Donor Advised Funds

Kay Oliver & Sheri Russell Jennifer Ostwinkle Richard & Cheryl Passanisi Jackie Pugar Kathleen Roseboom St. Ambrose University Theatre Mary Lisa Sassano Betty Anne Scherrman Sharon Scully Kelly Tetterton Frederik & Janell Timmermans Mike & Carol Trueg In memory of Mike Oglesby Harold & Ruth Ann Oglesby

Great Give Day - 5/10/18 Patrick Bauer Amy Boynton Mary Bridges Chad & Laura Chandlee Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque - Nancy Van Milligen Paula Connors Rick & Bobbi Cummer Lauren Czeshinski David & Dawn Danielson Sr. Elena Hoye Shelby Kamm Penelope Knudsen Katherine Larson (cont.)

New Venue for Trivia Night

Thanks to a sponsorship from the Grand River Center, guests at Trivia Night on April 20 enjoyed a new venue for our annual event. Our fun-loving emcee Pati Gallogly guided 24 teams through 10 rounds of trivia developed by event chair Tim Pope. Tim also serves on our Opening Doors’ Board of Directors.

Our top three teams (pictured right) generously donated their prize winnings back to Opening Doors. “Motherhouse of Knowledge” comprised of staff and friends from Sisters of Charity BVM took the top spot. Second place was “Irish I Knew the Answer,” and taking home third place bragging rights was “The Tim Pope Experience.” Many thanks to our volunteers and to *Kurt Wagner, children’s book author (*see story on back cover).

Pull out your smart phone and mark your calendar for Friday, February 1, 2019 for “Trivia Bowl.” Once again, the Grand River Center has generously donated the Exhibit Hall for this event!

One Saturday to Dream Fearlessly

It was a dream of local American Family agent Michael Pennington to bring a national event initiative called “One Saturday to Dream Fearlessly” to Dubuque. These events are typically held in large cities, but on Saturday, June 30, community volunteers and businesses came together at the Steeple Square Community Event Center to assemble 200 care kits for new clients at Opening Doors. Local businesses also provided children’s activities for our residents and the community. (Right: Michael presented a check for $2,000 to further the mission of Opening Doors!)

Many thanks to Michael Pennington and also to Jennifer Steffen from American Family Insurance, American Trust & Savings Bank, Clare Cares, Dubuque Fire & Police Departments, DuTrac Community Credit Union, Grand Opera House, Hy-Vee, Paramount Ambulance, Premier Bank, Prudential, Steeple Square and Kurt Wagner, children’s book author. Many thanks to our emcee Johnny Rhodes from 97.3 The Rock. We are also so grateful to all of our volunteers and to everyone that donated Wish List items.

“Our Mission at American Family Insurance is to Inspire, Protect and Restore Dreams. Teaming up with Opening Doors to assemble these care packages and raise awareness for their amazing work allowed us to prove our commitment to Dreams. The “One Saturday” events are held across the country by American Family Agents to partner with local charities to inspire, support and celebrate their community. My team and I were excited to be a part of this event and give back. Amazing things happen when we come together to inspire Dreams and support Dubuque.”—Michael Pennington, Agency Owner, 960 Cedar Cross Road, 563.564.4704

“Dancing with the Stars - Dubuque Style” Kim Budde and her partner Adam Kieffer of Adam’s Dance Connection wowed the crowd with their rendition of “Time of My Life” from “Dirty Dancing” at Five Flags on May 12. Kim and Adam practiced weekly for six months to prepare for the competition. This annual event is sponsored by the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce.

On April 28, the Dubuque Marina & Yardarm hosted a special fundraiser for Kim. They donated 15% of the beverage, food and apparel sales, and music was donated by Hard Salami. Attendees purchased chances for a booze wagon donated by Family Beer & Liquor Store and Van’s Liquor Store. Many thanks to all of the individuals and businesses that sponsored Kim’s dance. See pages six and seven for a complete list of Kim & Adam’s fans! Kim is Vice President of Human Resources at Kunkel & Associates, Inc., an Opening Doors’ Board Member, and chair of our Personnel Committee.

Kim’s dance was generously sponsored by:

Kim & Adam practiced for six months!


Board Spotlight: Brandon Bauer

Congratulations to outgoing Opening Doors' Board member Corporal Brandon Bauer on his recent promotion to Gang Intelligence Coordinator assigned to the Dubuque Police Department Neighborhood Response Team. He had previously been a Community Policing Officer. Thank you for supporting our mission! Opening Doors is proud of the work that the City of Dubuque’s Police and Fire Department does for our community. Members of both departments (pictured below) participated in the June 30 “Dream Fearlessly” event. Many thanks to the staff at Paramount Ambulance as well for your participation and for all of your support over the years!

Left and below: Children at the American Family Insurance “Dream Fearlessly” event enjoyed touring a police car, fire truck and an ambulance on June 30.

Community Foundation - Great Give Day gifts (cont.) Sandra Larson Ann Lorenz Peter Maier Laura Menke Laura Michael Art Miller Greg & Shirley Orwoll Rebecca Perkins Jack Thompson Ruth Turnis Karle & Mary Beth Wigginton Mary Wunderlich


General Gifts, “A Bed of Hope,” Matching Gifts Sr. Dorothy Adams Addoco, Inc. Alliant Energy Foundation - matching gift from Lynn Biver Harry & Mary Althaus Bonnie Anderson Aquin Elementary School, Cascade Dr. Scott & Carolyn Arnold Assisi Village Fr. Ardel Barta Donna Bauerly Robert Bebee The Beckman Family Trust Mrs. Mary Ann Beckman Donna Bisanz Black Hills Energy Mary Lou Blatnik Rev. Russell Bleich Edwin & Barbara Blinks Bodine Electric - Supply Chain Group Glen & Dianna Boehme Christopher & Shayna Boxleiter Dr. Thomas & Catherine Boxleiter Dr. John & Regina Brennan Christopher & Fiona Breslin Sr. Joan Brichacek Scott & Tara Brock Michelle Brus Anthony & Mary Ann Burbach Steven & Susan Bushman Catholic Daughters of America #350, #1287 & #1460 Catholic Daughters of America Court St. Pius X-1714 Bradley & Jennifer Cavanagh Center Grove United Methodist Church Mary Jo Chapman Church of the Resurrection Dr. Frank & Theresa Cicciarelli Jill Connors Tom & Joyce Connors Sr. Karen Conover Sr. Marie Corr Sr. Joyce Cox Kevin Deeny & Megan Stull

Fr. Alan Dietzenbach Sr. Dolores Doohan Dubuque Stamping & Manufacturing John & Patrice Duffy Sr. Ann Marie Dunn Sr. Bev Eichler Eisenhower Elementary School Lois Ellwanger Sr. Ruth Elsbernd Epworth United Methodist Church Phyllis Errthum Francis & Doreen Fager Kevin Feyen First Congregational UCC Coyople Luncheon Group First Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School Elizabeth Fleming & “Operations Mother’s Day” team John Foster Fraternal Order of Eagles Sr. Angie Freking Norm & Marabeth Freund Larry Friedman Paul Fuerst Rich & Connie Gabrielson Richard Gaul Sandy Gaul Ann Gebhart Carol Gebhart William & Rachel Gerber James & Catherine Giese Jim & Judy Giesen Janet Glasgow Allen Gloeckner Mary Ann Green Sr. Rita Green Dick & Mary Jean Gregory Sr. James Marie Gross A. Louise Gschwendtner Keith & Erin Habel Paul & Donna Hammerand Michael Hannaman Greg & Lisa Hansen Darlene Hantelmann Bradley Harbaugh Sr. Janet Haverkamp Robert & Joan Head Health from Within Chiropractic Wellness Center David & Jane Heiar Liz Heins Sr. Mary Kenneth Hemann William & Laura Hemesath Betty Hillary Gene & Lorna Hoefflin Sr. Eleanor Hoffmann Sr. Carol Hoverman Sr. Barbara Hubeny Sr. Marie Kalb Leo & Helen Kennedy Linda Kerkel Sr. LouAnn Kilburg Klauer Family Charitable Foundation

Robert & Judy Klauer Sarah Knapp George & Alma Knepper Julia Koellner Dr. Sudha & Sudhir Koneru David & Diane Konshak George & Kathleen Kotz Terry & Juliana Kouba Rev. Eugene Kutsch Jane Kutsch Sr. Mildred Leuenberger Loras College - class fundraiser James & Marilyn Maas Sr. Eduarda Makal Joan Manternach-Hoffman Lois Manternach Dr. Timothy William Martin Mazzuchelli Middle School Anthony & Susan May Joan McClain Shirley McCullough Sr. Kathleen McGrath Richard & Glady Meehan Steven & Sandra Menke Joseph & Susan Mettile Sr. Florence Miller Timothy & Mary Mills Sr. Anne Marie Mullen Sr. Mildred Nachtman Bryce & Jenna Nannenga Richard & Connie Neumann Randal & Doris Nigg Paula Norby Ron & Barb Nowacki John & Joy Oberhausen Chris & Holly Oberhoffer Terry & Delores O’Brien Carlyn Oeth Sr. Ann Daniel O’Neill Greg & Shirley Orwoll Sr. Joan O’Shea Fr. Paul Otting Pat Piekenbrock Louis P. & Carol Pfeiler Platinum Supplemental Insurance proceeds from Lunch & Learn Timothy & Amanda Powers Cynthia Recker Janaan Redmond Bruce & Carleen Rehmke Mark J. Rhomberg Bill & Nancy Ross St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church St. Francis Xavier School St. Matthew Lutheran Church St. Pius X Parish St. Raphael’s Cathedral Don & Wilma Sanders Lawrence & Helen Schaul Don & Mary Scherrman Laurence & Irene Scherrman Todd & Lori Scherrman Mary Schmid Mary Lou Schmit Sr. Eileen Schoenherr Dave & Donna Schueller

Sr. Bernice Schuetz Gary & Pamela Sejkora David & Barbara Setter Bonnie Sims Sinsinawa Dominicans Karen Sisler Mel & Sherry Sisler Sisters of Charity, BVM Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community Sisters of St. Francis Sisters of the Presentation Sisters of the Visitation Clem & Jane Steele Michael & Abby Stickley Michael & Norma Stoll Pauline Stolteben Foundation Sr. Denise Streng Don & Carole Strumberger Sr. Mary Alma Sullivan James & Ranae Sunny Stephen & Janice Supple Thomas & Judy Syke Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Tandem Tire & Auto Service, Inc. Heather Thomas Thomas Timp David & Deborah Tschiggfrie Len & Susan Uhal Union-Hoermann Press Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Dubuque Church United Way of the Quad Cities Gerald & Eva Vize Susan Wahlert Clem & Judith Walleser Wartburg Theological Seminary Gary & Linda Weidner Cole & Jamie Lee Weiner Sr. Catherine Weisensel Wellness on Davis - Lisa Schmidt Westminster Presbyterian Church Steven & Marge Willenbring Neil Yeager Nick Yiannias Lenny & Margaret Young Shirley Zahn Sr. Dolores Zieser

Dancing with the Stars

Marsha Abbott Adam’s Dance Connection Adam Kieffer Alliant Energy FoundationMatching Donation for Regina Reicks Anonymous Phil Arensdorf A. John & Cynthia Arenz Chris Boxleiter Wayne & Michelle Brown Jean & Kevin Budde Jim & Barb Budde

Tom Budde Steve & Susan Bushman Ann Butzier Mike & Becky Carter Chad & Laura Chandlee Creative Education Services - Jim Jelinske Kevin Deeny & Megan Stull Kristen Dietzel Matthew & Kara Dodds Dubuque Marina & Yardarm Dubuque Stamping & Manufacturing/ Dave Spahn Eagle Point Software Richard & Bobbi Earles Mary & Jim Ege Brock & Andrea Even Family Beer & Liquor Store/ Tim Althaus David & Doris Felderman Finnin Ford & Kia Jesse & Heather Freiburger Paul Fuerst Michael & Tricia Gantz Sr. Kay Gaul Sharon Gaul Gigantic Design Co./Tom Culbertson Sr. Rita Green Dan & Tracey Hager Cliff & Sandy Hahlen Hard Salami Betty Hillary Stacey Hines Steve & LuAnn Hurst Dale & Sharon Kaiser

John Kearney Lori Klein Russell & Wendy Knight Jason & Tina Knockel Paul & Angie Kronlage Jane Kuhle Chad Kunkel Kim Kunkel Scott Kunkel Lori Langmeier Connie Leibfried Sr. Millie Leuenberger Tasha Lippold Ann Lorenz Jeff Manternach Jane McCall Chelsea McElmeel Marty & Nancy McNamer Rich Michel Marilyn Michels Jennifer Mond Kathryn Moran John Nemmers Mark O’Conner Derek & Kayla Olberding Lyndsey Palmer Nicole Pfeiffer Premier Bank Regina Reicks Art & Dianne Roche RT&T Enterprises, Inc./Trevor Colin Craig & Joan Schaefer Shine with Schaefer, LLC/ Lisa Schaefer Beth Schwartz

#1 - Tax Deductible Cash Donations

#2 - Gift Cards (BP, Dollar Tree, Dominos, Eagles, Hardees, Hartig Drug, Happy Joe’s, Hy-Vee, KFC, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Staples, Target, Taco John's, Theisen's, Walgreens, Wal-Mart) s Bus Tickets s Cleaning Spray s Disinfectant Spray (i.e., Lysol) s Deodorant s Dish Soap s Dishwasher Soap

EMERALD: $1,000 Alliant Energy Dubuque Stamping & Manufacturing Dupaco Community Credit Union Fidelity Bank & Trust Great Lakes Advisors Premier Bank Sedgwick Claims Management Services Sinsinawa Dominicans Sisters of St. Francis Sisters of the Presentation StackStone Wealth

“Attitude of Gratitude” Sponsors & Donations to date

RUBY: $5,000 Grand River Center Portzen Construction Prudential Radio Dubuque

SAPPHIRE: $2,500 American Trust & Savings Bank Conlon Construction CR Signs

Opening Doors’ Wish List

When Wish List items are donated, we are able to use valuable operating funds for vital life skills programming. It is best to receive items that are new and durable enough to last for an extended period. Donations can be dropped off at our Administrative Office located at 2100 Asbury Road, Suite 8 (M-F, 8-4).

Telegraph Herald Verena Street Coffee Co.

James & Jan Sigwarth Karen Sisler StackStone Wealth Scott & Terra Strohmeyer Judy & Tom Syke Linda Takes Davis Tri-State Truck Equipment/ Jason Hooks Union-Hoermann Press/ Randy Sigman Van’s Liquor Store Sr. Rosemary Vaske Michael & Carrie Welbes Westphal & Company/ Ron Thielen Thomas Woodward Julie Woodyard Young-uns/Deb McDonnell & Barb Weber

Fabric (Thanksgiving & Christmas design - lightweight cotton) s Liquid Hand Soap and Refills s Liquid Laundry Soap s Magic Erasers s Spiral notebooks (1-3 subject) Planning a Wish List drive for your church or school project? Call Heather in advance at 563.690.0086, or email hlugrain@openingdoorsdbq.org, for a list of our most current needs. s

New Program!

In May, Opening Doors’ started FRESH START, a furnishings program providing furniture and other items needed by Opening Doors’ families moving into Francis Apartments and other permanent supportive housing.

TABLE: $800 Dubuque Bank & Trust DuTrac Community Credit Union Eide Bailly Kunkel & Associates

SHARE-A-TABLE: $400 Dubuque Obstetrics & Gynecology, PC Gronen Properties|Restoration John & Mary Gronen Morrison Brothers Co.

AOG Donations Addoco, Inc. Dubuque Supply Company Heacock & Jones Financial Services Kalmes Restaurant Marty & Nancy McNamer Rockwell Collins

For a listing of FRESH START items needed, call Ashley at 563.582.6286, or email aehrlich@openingdoorsdbq.org.


Due to space limitations at both shelters, we cannot accept donations of clothing or bedding. Opening Doors collaborates with the following organizations where our residents can obtain these items for their family free of charge. OPEN CLOSET: 563.495.0885 St. John’s Church 1276 White Street DUBUQUE RESCUE  MISSION: 563.583.1394

ST. VINCENT DePAUL: 563.582.3733

Proud to be a United Way agency!



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



Local Author Supports Opening Doors!

Kurt Wagner and his wife, Tina, live in Bellevue, Iowa and are parents of Alec, Jake, Ciarra, and Kole. Christmas has always been their favorite holiday, full of special family traditions.

Kurt dreamed of writing children's books for years, and decided to pursue his dream. He included many of his own family traditions in writing “The Mouse Who Stirred at Christmas” and “Anthony’s Happy Halloween.” Kurt incorporated the magic and excitement of the holidays and aimed to write his books through the eyes of a child and an adorable little mouse named Anthony. The title of the third book in the Anthony’s Adventures series entitled, “Anthony’s Summer Vacation,” will be released in October and is based off his family adventures and fun experiences.

Throughout 2018, Kurt will support Opening Doors with a $5.00 donation for each book sold through our organization. Stay tuned for a special Meet the Author Day in the fall!

To order, send a check for $16.95 per book to Opening Doors, 2100 Asbury Road, Suite 8, Dubuque, IA 52001. (Indicate which book title(s) you wish to order.) Special pricing of $15.00 for lots of 10+. Great for Christmas and corporate gifts!

“Anthony’s Summer Vacation” coming in October!

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