Doors of Hope receives $10,100 donation

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM

MURFREESBORO – Maridel Williams, executive director of Doors of Hope, received a big surprise when Nashville-based “100+ Women Who Care” visited her weekly team meeting recently.  

Williams knew the group was planning to come by to learn more about the organization.  She did not know Doors of Hope was selected to receive a generous gift.

Emily Schneller with “100+ Women Who Care of Middle Tennessee” presented a check for $10,100 to Williams to further the work of the Doors of Hope.  The nonprofit provides mentoring, training and basic needs to women who are incarcerated and nearing release.  

Schneller said the Middle Tennessee chapter was started in 2013 with 23 women and now has more than 100 members, giving more than $100,000 to nonprofits to date.  

“100+ Women Who Care” is a unique giving group originally started in Jackson, Mich. in 2006 by Karen F. Dunigan and has spread, mostly by word of mouth, to over 300 chapters. The premise of this group is for women to gather quarterly, and at each gathering donate $100 to a local Middle Tennessee charity/worthy cause chosen by the members.

“You cannot imagine how grateful we are to receive this gift,” Williams said. “We are overwhelmed! This donation will enable us to provide counseling services, transportation, medical and dental services, food, clothing and shelter for the women in our program.”  


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