The Doorways (formerly the Hospital Hospitality House) provides lodging and non-medical services to families and individuals in medical crisis. Having a loved one in the hospital or undergoing rehabilitation is hard enough. Being away from home can make it even harder. The Doorways gives patients and their families “a place to call home” during their stay in Richmond.
NAWIC Richmond Chapter 141 has supported The Doorways for over 15 years in various ways, from collecting in-kind donations for the House to preparing meals to washing windows.
- We collect various household and pantry items for The Doorways at our monthly meetings.
- We hold food drives and bubble drives, during which we collect dish detergent, laundry detergent, shampoo (basically anything that produces bubbles) for them a couple of times a year
- For the last few years, we’ve done a breakfast/work day in December in hopes of bringing a little Christmas joy to patients and families who are so far from home during the holidays. We’ve been very fortunate to have our very own Santa & Mrs. Claus on hand to talk with The Doorways guests and staff.
- Our chapter also donates gifts to give to the children who stay on the 8th floor! There are always more gifts than children, so each child who checks in during the month of December is given a present. In this endeavor, we partner with The Doorways and their 8th-floor neighbor, the World Pediatric Project (WPP), which works with impoverished countries in order to give life-saving surgeries to children who would not otherwise have access to them.
Yeshua’s House is an 18-month transitional home for women and children in Petersburg, Virginia. The home is designed to help women to achieve financial stability after suffering domestic abuse or financial hardship.
The Richmond Chapter donates household items and provides services to those staying at the Yeshua’s Houses.
MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER WALK
The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks raise awareness and funds to save lives from breast cancer. Each event is a noncompetitive 3 to 5 mile walk that brings people together to make a difference for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer. The events raise money to fund innovative research, provide free information and support, and to help people reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable.
From the opening ceremony to the post-walk entertainment, a Making Strides event is a celebration of survivors and opportunity to remember loved-ones lost. It’s a day that shouldn’t be missed and won’t be forgotten.
Members of the Richmond Chapter participates in the annual October walk for this cause. We raise monies which the proceeds benefits the American Cancer Society. Find out more here.
Other Community Outreach Programs our Chapter supports:
- Rebuild Together
- ROC Solid Foundation
- Habitat for Humanity
- Chesterfield County Public School’s GEMS Program
- Henrico County Public School’s STEM Program (through our Building Design Program)