Local businesses give back to help homeless shelter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) –  Opening Doors have always been there to lend a hand to women and children in need. Now, two local businesses are giving back to them.

The Teresa Shelter, ran by Opening Doors, has seen a steady increase in the number of people needing their services. Because of this, the non-profit needed to be able to accommodate for the extra residents and staff members.

Carol Gebhardt, Executive Director of Opening Doors, said that the shelter needed a new take-in room. This is a room where women first coming into their shelter can use to get settled in while staff work to figure out their needs.

“It’s a nice, private, welcoming space where we can sit down, we can find out who you are and what you need and make you feel safe here right away,” said Gebhardt.

When local businesses Smith Home Gallery and Spahn and Rose heard about this, they decided to make a dream a reality. The companies teamed up to donate their services and supplies to build the room.

John Cook, General Manager of Spahn and Rose, said that they are always happy to give back to their community.

“The Teresa Shelter does such a nice job of opening their doors, if you will, to women and children who need a chance and an opportunity to get things turned around and be a part of the community again,” said Cook. “So it’s really rewarding for us to be a part of that.”

Gebhardt said that they are so grateful for the help of the Dubuque community.

“When there is a need, people step up, businesses step up, everyone truly cares,” said Gebhardt.


Ashley Scott

Ashley Scott

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