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Open Door Women's Center provides safe haven for women each night

Sherry says, "Dégagé is a place that helped me and other women and has led us in the right direction... I thank them for having me in the Open Door because I needed help and they were there for me."
Sherry serves pizza

Sherry serves pizza /Bob Kreter

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The Open Door Women's Center provides a safe haven for up to 40 women in crisis each night. After taking a shower and doing laundry, there are a number of ways they spend their time before turning in for the night. Some sit quietly and read while others join in on the devotionals or pray in a group and share their struggles from the day. As a community, they lift each other up with support and encouragement. As you can imagine, strong bonds and friendships are formed.

One evening this summer, Sherry, a patron staying in the Open Door, surprised the women and purchased seven pizzas for everyone. This was Sherry's way of giving back to Dégagé and to her community. She says, "Dégagé is a place that helped me and other women and has led us in the right direction. They have helped me very much with everything I need to know in order to be successful. I thank them for having me in the Open Door because I needed help and they were there for me."

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