DoorwaysCelebrates 25 Years of the Courage to Live

Doorways is pleased to announce a celebration to honor 25 years of service to people affected by HIV/AIDS in Missouri and Illinois. The event, entitled “The Courage to Live,” will take place at the Soulard Preservation Hall, 1921 South Ninth Street St. Louis, MO 63104 on October 17, 2013 from 4:00pm to 7:00 pm.  

SSM St. Mary’s Health Center will be honored for their dedication to Doorways and people living with HIV at The Courage to Live Celebration. In the late 1980s, fear and stigma surrounded HIV/AIDS. In response, St. Mary’s Health Center created the St. Francis Residence to provide temporary housing for people living with HIV. Together, SSM St. Mary’s Health Center and Doorways provided the first beds and apartments for people living with HIV in St. Louis. This partnership has continued for more than two decades.

The Doorways founding board members and community leaders will also be honored at the Courage to Live Celebration. These individuals answered Archbishop John May’s call to the religious community for a compassionate response to the HIV epidemic and pioneered the Doorways organization in St. Louis. Founding Board Member, Gayle Zoffer said, “I am thrilled to know how much the organization has grown and been able to accomplish over the years since I was a founding board member representing the Jewish community. I was honored to serve on the founding board of Doorways under the Very Rev. Michael Allen's leadership-- it was my privilege to serve.”

About Doorways:

Doorways was incorporated in 1988 after the religious community joined together and called for a compassionate response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This belief in compassionate care began a small non-profit providing housing for men, women and families living with HIV. Since that time, Doorways has grown to include five thriving programs which provide a range of services for families affected by HIV/AIDS. These programs help individuals and families become more independent and give them the courage to live long, healthy lives. Safe and secure housing has proven to be a key step in reducing HIV infections in our community and providing men, women and families with a safe place to live.

Doorways is an interfaith non-profit organization that provides housing and related supportive services to improve quality of life and health outcomes for people affected by HIV/AIDS.  Through direct service delivery and the efforts of identified program partners, Doorways’ programs and services annually benefit 1,000 households living with HIV/AIDS in the 15-county St. Louis metropolitan area, 62 under-served counties in outstate Missouri, and another 55 under-served counties in outstate Illinois.

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  • Occurred Thursday, October 17th, 2013 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Soulard Preservation Hall

1921 South Ninth Street
St. Louis, MO 63104


Gretchen Waddell Barwick