Jones Honored With Urban League Award

Posted September 30, 2023
DOORWAYS   ~  1101 N. Jefferson Avenue   ~  St. Louis MO 63106

DOORWAYS President & CEO Honored at Salute to Women in Leadership Dinner

St. Louis – September 30, 2023    DOORWAYS President & CEO Opal M. Jones  was honored at the 2023 Salute to Women in Leadership Gala sponsored by the Urban League & Urban League Guild of Metropolitan Saint Louis. The event, held at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel, is a prestigious annual affair acknowledging remarkable women whose service embodies the organization’s mission–Empowering Communities & Changing Lives.

The honorees are carefully chosen from a diverse spectrum of professions and civic domains, including community leadership, elected offices, education, media, corporations, businesses, and charitable endeavors to recognize their extraordinary contributions, which transcend the expectations of their professional responsibilities. 

Congratulations Opal M. Jones on this well-deserved honor!



Celebrating our 35th year, DOORWAYS offers housing and supportive services to improve quality of life and health outcomes for people battling homelessness and illness from HIV and other chronic conditions resulting from a life of poverty. Medical research has led to the development of medications that can render the virus undetectable. An undetectable virus is untransmittable, ending new cases. However, it is nearly impossible for an individual to manage an HIV healthcare regimen without stability within the social determinants of health: housing, nutrition/hunger, income/employment, education/skills-building, community, etc. In response, DOORWAYS has evolved over the years to provide assistive, emergency, flexible, and permanent housing programs; Metro and Outstate subsidies programs to prevent homelessness for those in their own accommodations through rent and utility assistance; and empowerment programs offering food security, pharmacy delivery, behavioral health counseling, employment/income assistance, self-development programming, one-on-one goal management, and linkage to resources. In fiscal year 2022, we served 3,184 men, women, and children in the St. Louis bi-state region. For more information visit:

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From left, Mayor Tishaura O. Jones, Opal M. Jones, and a member of the leadership team from the St. Louis Development Corporation.