WHAT WE DO
As the area's only low-barrier provider, we are dedicated to providing an inclusive and safe place for individuals experiencing homelessness and providing compassionate support that is long-term focused.
In collaboration with partners, we ensure a warm and nourishing meal for each guest and long-term solutions. Utilizing this collaborative approach, we work diligently to provide access and navigation to the many great community resources that can help our guests achieve success. This includes working with specialist to increase accessibility.
In addition to low-barrier shelter, we also "hit the streets" to meet individuals where they are with support services, and provide year-round resource coordination.
In Feb. 2024, the City of Harrisonburg named Open Doors the operator of the future Homeless Services Center, which will be home to a drop-in center for the community at-large and a year-round low-barrier shelter. The facility is expected to open to the public in Nov. 2024.
To provide shelter, compassionate support and access to services for those who are experiencing homelessness in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham community.
Our vision is to successfully operate a permanent year-around shelter by 2024 in partnership with the City of Harrisonburg, and with the support of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham community.
Dignity: We are all human beings and deserve to be treated with dignity.
Integrity: Integrity is the foundation by which we act, provide services, and engage our community. Compassion: Compassion guides our interactions and services within our community.
Advocacy: We commit to fiercely advocating for those experiencing homelessness in our community.
Kindness: We build trust when we treat everyone with kindness.
HARTS became Open Doors.
We began renting the former Red Front building to continue to provide shelter services in response to COVID.
We partnered with JMU to utilize D-hub until August to continue shelter services.
We began operating under a mobile model for the thermal shelter services after closing our COIVD response shelter.
Submitted RFP to operate the Harrisonburg City-led project “Homeless Services Center.” See the City of Harrisonburg’s website for more information on this project.
The “Homeless Services Center” projected to be open. See the City of Harrisonburg’s website for more information.
Thermal shelter services began operating under the name HARTS (Harrisonburg and Rockingham Thermal Shelter). We began utilizing a mobile model for services.
April - June
Opened shelter at Godwin Hall in response to COVID (partnership with JMU).
We offered quarantine spaces for those who were experiencing homelessness and COVID positive.
Our rental agreement with Red Front ended and we began to seek other partnerships to continue shelter services.
First resource coordination program begins.
First summer outreach services begin. We provide a meal every Sunday and distribute basic toiletries and snacks to those experiencing homelessness and other low-income individuals.
Additionally, our Resource Coordinator continues resource coordination and outreach services at various locations throughout the week.
City of Harrisonburg selected Open Doors as the future operator of the "Homeless Services Center" - a permeant low-barrier shelter and daytime drop in center