Since 2012, Doors to Hope has served the Louisville Latinx community, providing services for immigrant women and families. Doors to Hope, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, has provided learning opportunities, engaged in advocacy, and made sure that all knew how to access the many resources available to them. Over these years our dedicated staff and volunteers have journeyed with families as they participated in: ESL, GED, Citizenship and Computer Literacy classes, and their children in After School Tutoring. A Women’s Support Group met each week for ongoing education and advocacy.
We rejoice with all our families who have advanced in employment opportunities as their English improved. We celebrate the achievements of their children as they have moved ahead to new levels in their education.
Because of COVID-19, this has been a very difficult year for all of us. When schools were closed to in-person learning, we became creative in devising ways to provide for those who did not have the technology or knowledge to continue their education virtually. Some of our families have continued and are doing well, but others have had difficulties. There is a lingering fear of in-person classes since COVID-19 has really affected the Latinx community.
From the beginning of Doors to Hope, collaboration with other organizations that work with the Latinx community in Louisville has been a real value. Before the pandemic hit, Doors to Hope staff had begun discussions with these organizations about possibly merging or collaborating in some way in order to strengthen services into the future. As talks continued, it was decided that perhaps the best option for all parties concerned would be that Doors to Hope bring our services to completion, and refer families to the organizations that could continue to meet their needs. Hopefully, it will be a seamless transition for all.
All programming for Doors to Hope will cease on May 31, 2021, and we will vacate the building on June 30, 2021, at the end of our rental agreement with Saints Simon and Jude Parish.
We want to take this opportunity to thank the Directors of Doors to Hope over these past nine years: Sister Rebecca Miles, SCN, Lorena Miller, and Sister Brenda Gonzales, SCN.
We express deep gratitude to all our donors over the years, without whom it would have been impossible to meet the needs of our families. We also thank our staff, volunteers, Advisory Committee members, and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth for their support and commitment to the Latinx community.
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth will continue to be present and support the Latinx community in whatever ways possible, through volunteering in these other organizations, possible grants, and especially with our prayers and love for this wonderful community that has been built and grown over the years.