Incorporated in 2005, The Open Door (TOD) is a non-profit, volunteer driven organization. We offer mentoring and classes to women housed at the Calcasieu Parish Jail, and to those recently released.
RESTORE HOPE, offering grace and education that promotes self-sufficiency and civic responsibility upon re-entry.
- We are governed by a Board of Directors and elected officers. We have two staff/office employee. The majority of our ministry relies on dedicated volunteers.
- We are an independent Christ-centered organization and not the outreach of any one church. Board members are selected for a diversity of skills and outlooks and are not representative of any church or political group.
- TOD works on a system of phases. Incarcerated individuals who request a mentor from The Open Door fill in a Phase I application. They are assigned a mentor and encouraged to attend classes that pertain to their needs. Upon release they are encouraged to come to the office where they fill out a Phase II application. When clients are stable and no longer need regular mentoring, they are considered Phase III. After two years tracking they are considered Phase IV.
- In our mission to link clients to community resources, The Open Door works with Oasis Women’s Shelter, Potter’s House, Catholic Charities, Good Will, their WorkPlace training and assistance center, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, the Literacy Council of SWLA, and area churches. We refer women to the 211 resource and all other assistance programs to help our clients start over.
In 2001 volunteers at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail realized that specialized programs were needed in order for women to successfully re-enter society. At that time, there were no programs for recently released women. A series of meetings with CPSO Chaplain, LA DOC, volunteers and deputies serving the inmate population discussed programs which would help the re-entry process and allow for a continuum of support. It took several years to formulate a business plan and elect The Open Door’s first Board of Directors. Incorporated in 2005, we continue our mission to the women, families, and community of Southwest Louisiana.
Our Board of Directors
President: Chris Baldauf
Vice President: Tracy Mixon
Secretary: Pamela Anyanwu
Treasurer: Kaye Dering
Parliamentarian: Christine Bennett
Rev. Jimmy Stevens