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Opening Doors Awards Ceremony:

Polk County Continuum of Care Celebrates Homelessness Achievements

On November 20, 2013, the Polk County Continuum of Care Opening Doors Awards Ceremony took place in Des Moines, IA.  Opening Doors is an opportunity for the community to celebrate the achievements of those experiencing homelessness in the Des Moines metro area.  

Committee Members from left:  Kittie Weston-Knauer, Julie Sleeper, Kristin Huinker, Jess Erdman, Jana Daisy, Jackie Lloyd, Julie Eberbach, Ehren Stover-Wright, Sue Wright.

This year’s event was the second year with over 150 people in attendance.  Opening Doors is central to the Polk County Housing Continuum’s efforts. Awards were given to five deserving individuals who have overcome barriers in areas such as education, employment/income, housing, and positive community engagement.  Des Moines Field Office Management Analyst Julie Sleeper participated as a member of the selection committee for the awardees as well as a member of the Opening Doors event planning committee.

Awardees from left:  Anthony Fields, Adult Award; Christina Rogers, Youth Award; Barbara Mallett, Compelling Life Story; Glenda Brown, Veteran Award; Lauri Auxier, Family Award.

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