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Director Stenning speaks at the OpenDoors ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Director Stenning speaks at the OpenDoors ribbon-cutting ceremony

The renovated building, in the former Sealtest factory, also includes 19 new rental homes for ex-offenders. OpenDoors is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen communities by supporting formerly-incarcerated individuals. The non-profit agency provides ex-offenders with human and social services such as employment trainings, financial literacy, mentoring, computer classes, case management, support groups, tax preparation assistance and counseling. BHDDH was able to allocate Threshold funds for this new housing opportunity. "One of the most important ways that we can help individuals with mental illness is to provide a safe roof over their heads and a decent job", says Director Stenning. "Supportive housing does more than just improve the lives of those receiving services; a key goal is to reduce the need for costly public services such as emergency room utilization, inpatient hospitalization, and criminal justice system involvement."