Mar 31, 2015

Domestic Violence Shelter Celebrates Milestone

Project Progress Photos
Project Progress Photos

Dear Donors and Supporters,

Mary Open Doors is delighted to share that we’ve made our first down payment towards acquiring the property that is used for our shelter. This shelter has served approximately 100 women and 148 children from its inception in 2008.

To commemorate this momentous occasion, a small ceremony was held at the organization’s main office on Friday, March 20th 2015 to hand over the first payment to the owner of the property, Mrs. Garvin. Although Mrs. Garvin was unable to attend the ceremony, we were graced by the presence of her mother and sister who charmingly accepted the check on Mrs. Garvin’s behalf.

We were excited to share this important milestone with several of our donors who were able to attend the ceremony in Belize. It was imperative for us to provide donors with proof that every penny raised towards the ‘Help Purchase Domestic Violence Shelter in Belize’ project was applied.

This milestone was also celebrated by the families served. As we reflect on this successful moment, we remain humbled and ready to serve those women and children who are still in need of emergency shelter.

To date, our most recent success story is of a woman and her daughter who arrived broken at the shelter more than a year ago. Today, this mother recently completed cosmetology training and has started her own small business to generate income to provide for her and her daughter. She is now a confident woman ready to spread her wings with renewed self-confidence. We want our donors to join us in celebrating this success story because we did this together.

On the behalf of our families served, staff, and board of directors at Mary Open Doors, we express our sincere gratitude to all 68 persons who donated their hard earn money to make this milestone achievable. We were successful in making our first payment to Ms. Garvin because you responded generously to our call for support.

Thank you for your continued support!

Shelter Project
Shelter Project
Shelter Project Photos
Shelter Project Photos
Dec 11, 2014

Real Estate Sales Agreement to Purchase Shelter

Mary Open Doors is excited about the opportunity to raise funds to purchase the property used over the last seven years to shelter women and their families. We are pleased to share a copy of the sales agreement along with a copy of the Certificate of Land Title for the land where the shelter is located.

The Sales Agreement and Certificate of Land Title provides our community of donors with evidence that the organization is serious about its goal to purchase the shelter. The work of providing safe shelter can be daunting. We've hosted anywhere from one family totalling a mother and child to four families for a total of 15 or more persons.

Our survivors spends anywhere from one night to three to six months. Mary Open Doors offer flexible sheltering as we know it takes a lot of love and support for women and their children to gain the confidence needed to successfully transition to a life of independence, free from abuse.

Statistic shows that it takes up to seven visits to a shelter before a woman finally makes the decision to break free. Mary Open Doors core values are grounded in strong family values and every woman and child who access the shelter becomes a lifelong family member of Mary Open Doors. We are here to support our survivors long after they have moved on. They know they can count on us to be there to support them as the need arises.

Please feel free to contact us if you want to learn more about the work we do at

We remain grateful to our donors for their generosity and continued support.


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