Greetings from WHF Foundation President Suzanne Garwood!

Just writing to let you know that the Foundation is kicking off a new spotlight series on our non-profit partners. We want to be sure that our WHF members know our grantee partners and the amazing work they do.

If you aren’t familiar with our partners – the list is here: and we will be dedicating some space in our weekly newsletter to do a deep dive into the organizations.  And we thought that October, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, would be an appropriate time to shine a spotlight on the work our partners do to help those affected by domestic violence each and every day.

Our partner this month is Doorways for Women and Families and this week we are shining a spotlight on its CEO, Caroline Jones.

Doorways for Women and Families

Who is Doorways?

Doorways envisions a day when all people in our community live free of violence and have safe and stable housing. Our goal is that every person and family that walks through our door walks through another – into a safe home of their own. Since 1978, we have given thousands of our neighbors a pathway out of violence and homelessness and empowered them to create brighter futures.

Who is Caroline Jones?

Caroline is President and CEO of Doorways.  She brings to the organization more than 25 years of experience with vulnerable families and youth impacted by domestic violence, sexual abuse and homelessness. Since earning her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston College in 1995, she has worked with at-risk populations with the goal of helping them overcome trauma and achieving safety and stability in their lives. She has seen thousands of adults, youth and children achieve their potential as a result of meaningful interventions that reset the course for their future.

Caroline has specialized in program development and evaluation, staff leadership, and trauma-informed care to lead organizations committed to helping people in crisis. She is a committed leader in the community and serves on Arlington County’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness Executive, Data and Evaluation, and Youth Homelessness Committees. She is the Co-Chair of Arlington’s Project PEACE that links over 35 organizations working to address domestic and sexual violence in a collaborated, coordinated response for the community. In 2015, Caroline received the Brava Award as one of the DC Area’s Top Female CEO’s from SmartCEO Magazine.

Caroline and her family have called Arlington home since 1995.

I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Caroline for the past five years as a member of Doorways board.  And, as impressive as her resume is, she is even more impressive to watch first hand.  Knowing the work that she and Doorways accomplishes on a daily basis makes me wonder if she somehow has more hours in the day available to her than the rest of us – because certainly she cannot possibly accomplish everything she does with the hours available in a day.

If you would like to learn more about Doorways, please visit their website:


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