Since 2001, Doors of Change has been transforming the lives of homeless youth, one young person at a time. Originally called Photocharity, the 501-c-3 has raised over $4 million. For 11 years, we partnered with Storefront Shelter to help place 1,800 homeless youth in long-term, safe housing.
In 2013 the agency identified a significant gap in the services and resources available to “transitional–age-youth” (those between the ages of 18 and 24) and decided to re-brand as Doors of Change and deliver a unique service to address this critical need.
Recognizing that trust is often a significant barrier for youth in need of services, Doors of Change selected music and art as a non-threatening way to engage young people living on the streets. By offering music and art instruction in a small group setting, youth are given the opportunity to explore their feelings and challenges through the arts, achieve a sense of mastery for the first time, develop social skills that are positive and constructive, and create a vision for the future that is filled with possibility.
"If you didn’t ask me to sign guitars every year, you would hurt my feelings. I am honored to be a part of Doors of Change/Photocharity."
Signed guitars raised $25,000
"I saw on TV about the homeless youth issue. Doors of Change gives these youth hope."
Signed guitars raised $40,200
Doors of Change enjoys a wide range of public and private support, though the majority of its funding comes through the generosity of private donors and an annual fundraiser. The music industry has been especially touched by the cause with artists such as Billy Joel, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, (and many others), donating signed memorabilia that has raised $850,000.
If you are motivated to transform the lives of homeless youth in your community, please make a donation here.
Doors Of Change gave me an opportunity to change my life and be self-sufficient.
– Thomas –