DOORWAYS Recognized With Quality of Life Award

Posted October 13, 2023
DOORWAYS   ~  1101 N. Jefferson Avenue   ~  St. Louis MO 63106

DOORWAYS Recognized at
Mayor’s Business Luncheon

Special thanks to those members completing terms
and those returning for continuing terms.

St. Louis – October 13, 2023    DOORWAYS President & CEO Opal M. Jones accepted the Neighborhood Transformation Quality of Life Award at the Mayor’s Business Luncheon held Friday, October 13, 2023 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel Majestic Ballroom. Jones is pictured center, flanked on the left by Mayor Tishaura O. Jones and on the right by a member of the leadership team at St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC), which hosts the event to provide a forum in which they may acknowledges the St. Louis Business Community for their efforts to develop and maintain business infrastructure within the City and its regions.

Twenty-one local businesses and organizations were honored at the gathering. They were selected for their unique commitment to the City of St. Louis and many efforts in delivering services that align with the STL Economic Justice Action Plan. 

The Neighborhood Transformation Award specifically recognizes those organizations that leverage community assets to transform physical, social, and economic aspects of historically disinvested neighborhoods to build collective capacity and wealth-building opportunities. DOORWAYS was selected based on its expansion into the Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood, which is now home to the agency’s new three-acre campus.



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.