Open Doors Program
Launched in June 2016, the Open Doors program connects Coler Hospital residents affected by gun violence with the resources to improve their lives and use their stories to inspire action for safer, more just communities.
What we’ve accomplished:
Since Open Doors’ launch in June 2016, the project has established creativity workshops, where our clients frame, develop, and share their experiences, with guidance from visiting artists. Through these workshops and one-on-one coaching, clients identify personal goals to enrich their lives, and ultimately, to reintegrate into the communities from which they’ve been cut off.
Open Doors provides grants to individuals for course fees and study supplies. We’ve funded Arabic language, guitar, and music & technology lessons; school clothes and travel to GED classes; and a computer grant to our first client to attend college.
Throughout summer 2017, arts ethnographer Alexa Smithwrick is working with OPEN DOORS participants on a podcast series featuring their voices.