A local newspaper written by the homeless is one of the many programs endorsed by Doors of Hope in Memphis.
Each Wednesday, they hold a writers workshop to write stories for “The Bridge.”
“Writing helps me think, “said Kimberly, one of the residents at Doors of Hope who has been a part of the writing team for six months.
CeCe, another resident, has been a part of the writing workshops since they began.
“It gives me a sense of purpose,” CeCe said.
Doors of Hope is a nonprofit dedicated to changing the lives of homeless in Memphis through a variety of programs including their monthly newspaper, permanent housing for 52 residents, medication, job training, resume workshops and even job placement.
Door of Hope began out of an ad hoc movement in 2003 through a group of Midtown churches and nonprofits who shared a compassion for the homeless in Memphis. The group focuses specifically on homeless people with disabilities.
“We are committed to helping homeless with a variety of disabilities whether that be substance abuse related, physical, or mental,” Andrew Jacuzzi, executive director said.
Instead of an institution, Doors of Hope is set up more like a family. Their passionate staff focuses on talking, listening, and befriending residents.
All of the residents have a unique story; therefore, the program is different for each of them.
“The goal is to allow them [the residents] to be self-sufficient,” said Jacuzzi, “However, we don’t push them out of the housing after a certain amount of time. Everyone is different. It may take some people a longer amount of time to get on their own feet.”
Door of Hope partners with the Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences Department of Nursing to provide the residents with quality healthcare. The student nurses also teach basic hygiene, dental and health classes.
Door of Hope has two Memphis locations, one on Bellevue Boulevard, and one on Court Avenue which is currently being renovated by Home Depot.
General support for the organization is provided by local churches and businesses.
Door of Hope also offers on-site meals provided by local churches, organizations, and volunteers for the homeless in the community. Through this outreach, potential residents are found.
Volunteers are always needed and welcome to these events as well as to the writing workshops. Dates and information can be found on their website doorsofhopememphis.org.