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Monday, July 27, 2015

Dupaco and Opening Doors partner to move the homeless to housing

DUBUQUE, Iowa -- In partnership with Dupaco Community Credit Union, Opening Doors will begin offering the Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World Curriculum to women who are staying in transitional housing programs at Maria House and Teresa Shelter.

According to www.ahaprocess.com the curriculum, “puts the concepts, tools, and relationships in the hands of people in poverty to make a difference in their own lives and in the life of their community.” It helps people living in poverty to have a more prosperous future and aligns with the vision of Opening Doors.

Opening Doors’ vision, in collaboration with existing community resources and services, is to offer a variety of opportunities for women to affirm their dignity and to become empowered members of the community.

While the City of Dubuque offers this training, there are barriers such as limited class sizes and transportation. By offering the curriculum on-site, in a safe environment where the women have already established a trusting relationship Opening Doors hopes for a great completion rate.

As part of a $9,327 grant provided by the Dupaco R.W. Hoefer Foundation, the program will offer each participant up to a $640 stipend for completing the program.  The stipend is intended to help participants address housing costs associated with gaining permanent housing. These costs include an apartment’s first-month’s rent and security deposit.

Also, after completing the program, Dupaco Community Credit Union will continue to provide ongoing money coaching and training to each participant.

Dupaco Community Credit Union President/CEO Joe Hearn said, “The mission of Dupaco Community Credit Union is to improve each member’s financial position. The Dupaco R.W. Hoefer Foundation grant emphasizes education and a jump start for participants’ financial sustainability.”

“I see complete alignment with this project and I am excited to see these funds be put to use to help the residents of Maria House or Teresa Shelter to achieve their full potential,” added Hearn.

Since opening in 2000, Opening Doors has served 2,525 homeless women and children providing hospitality and opportunity to women, alone or with children, who need emergency or transitional housing and related support services. For more information on Opening Doors please visit www.openingdoorsdbq.org. Opening Doors is a proud United Way agency.

The Dupaco R.W. Hoefer Foundation was established in 2011 to honor the retirement of 47-year employee and long-time Dupaco Community Credit Union President and CEO, Robert W. "Bob" Hoefer. The Dupaco R.W. Hoefer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, reflects the spirit of Dupaco Community Credit Union's mission of improving peoples' financial positions and enhancing the quality of life. The foundation is designed to carry on the Bob Hoefer tradition of providing personal financial assistance and coaching to help hardworking and financially prudent people recover from unforeseen life events and to increase their opportunities for financial stability through education.  Dupaco members and employees fund the foundation. Learn more at www.dupaco.com/foundation.

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