Programs: Open Door
The Open Door Women's Center at Dégagé provides a safe haven to adult women in crisis during the overnight hours. Case management is offered during the day to assist with setting goals and securing permanent sustainable housing. Christ's love is reflected in a welcoming environment where women are encouraged to make positive lifestyle changes. An average of 30 women sleep in the Open Door every evening.
Who is eligible to stay in the Open Door?
The Open Door provides services for female residents of Kent County who are eighteen years of age and older and in need of shelter and case management assistance. Men and children are not permitted. The Open Door does have a limited capacity.
Are there requirements to staying in the shelter?
Women intending to stay at the Open Door longer than 3 days must sign an agreement with a Case Manager requiring them to set goals and report on progress in a monthly (minimum) meeting.
Where is the Open Door?
Dégagé is located at 144 Division Ave S., Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4216, on the corner of Cherry St. and Division Ave. The Open Door is on the 3rd floor of our facility.
To enter the Open Door, go to the double black doors on Cherry St. Ring the bell to the left of the door and a staff member will talk to you through the speaker and unlock the door. You may proceed to the 3rd floor.
What are the hours of the Open Door?
Women intending to stay in the Open Door must be present at 6:00pm to sign in with a staff member. The shelter opens at 7:00pm. Space is limited and we cannot guarantee a spot. Women must wake up at 6:00am and leave the Open Door by 7:45am.
During the day, women may visit Dégagé's Dining Room during its open hours or utilize Dégagé's other services as needed.
Case management appointments are scheduled on weekday afternoons.
How much does it cost?
Staying at the Open Door is free. Dégagé Dollars and cash can be used to purchase necessary items like undergarments and supplies, pay for laundry services, and cover locker expenses in the Open Door.
Where do I sleep?
Mats are arranged in the common area of the Open Door.
What can I bring?
You are encouraged to bring only the essentials and limit their belongings to one bag. Linens are provided. Storage space is limited, as lockers are reserved for women in the Case Management program. Food and drink are not allowed.
How long can I stay in the Open Door?
The length of stay varies upon each woman's needs and is determined by a Case Manager. Women must be willing to meet with their Case Manager and achieve goals in order to maintain their spot in the program.