Opening Doors: The Nonprofit Behind the Teresa Shelter, Maria House & Francis Apartments

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Dubuque nonprofit Opening Doors aims to take care of women with no place to go while helping them to get them back on their feet.

“Opening Doors’ story started in 2000 with a homeless woman on a park bench with no place to stay,” said Ann Lorenz, development and marketing director of Opening Doors. “Since that time, we have empowered over 3,300 women and children, teaching them life skills to help them build a brighter future for their families.”

Opening Doors, which operates Teresa Shelter, Maria House, and the Francis Apartments, provides shelter and life and job skills training for women in the tri-state area. Maria House provides transitional housing for residents up to two years, while Teresa Shelter offers short-term emergency shelter services and an extended stay program.

Opening Doors opened the Francis Apartments last year to offer permanent supportive housing for graduates of Maria House and Teresa Shelter.

20180731_150606We recently went on a shopping trip to help Opening Doors stock up on one of their frequent needs: laundry soap and socks.

“We go through those items very quickly,” Lorenz said. “Our Wish List ebbs and flows – changing throughout the year, but laundry soap is like gold.”

Want to help? View their wish list here.

“Wish List donations allow us to redistribute operating funds to expand our programming to better serve our community,” Lorenz said.

Each year Opening Doors serves over 300 women and children.

Learn more about Opening Doors here.

Welcoming Mike Mullahey to Runde PreDriven’s Sales Team

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We are pleased to announce the addition of Mike Mullahey to the sales team at Runde PreDriven in Hazel Green!

Mike, who grew up in Dubuque, has lived in the Chicago area for the last 23 years.

“I started at the Auto Auction in 1994 and have been selling cars for the past 20 years,” he says. “I’ve always had a passion for cars and people.”

In his spare time, Mike enjoys listening to music and spending time with his family, especially his two nieces, Makayla and Lily.

His favorite vehicle is the 1969 Plymouth Road Runner, which was his family’s first car as a child.

So far he is enjoying his new position and looks forward to providing great customer service at Runde PreDriven.

“It means you treat people how you would like to be treated and try to help them the best that you can,” Mike says. “Buying a vehicle should be simple.”

You can reach Mike at mmullahey@rundeautogroup.com or by calling 866-396-6832.

New Jersey Couple Finds the Perfect Van for their Travels at Runde Chevrolet

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Jim and Angie Mullen, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, flew in to pick up their 2017 Chevrolet Express 12-passenger van from Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque!

The couple worked with nine dealers in their area, but none had a van with the features they were looking for.

“This van had all the options I wanted, which was basically all the options,” Jim said. “It had the locking differential, a cold weather package, and a six-way power seat, which comes in handy since Angie is a much shorter person than I am.”

They appreciated Runde Auto Group’s transparent and understandable sales process, along with salesperson Tim Loso’s helpfulness along the way.

“He was very easy to work with and even got us an interest rate that was better than our bank got us,” Angie said.

Jim added: “Out of the nine dealers we were working with, Tim was the only one who when I asked for RPO codes and a build sheet, he immediately sent those over to me. I didn’t have to wait or explain — he sent them right away.”

The couple plans to hook the Express van up to their RV and use it for traveling with friends and family, including their four grandchildren. In September, they have a trip planned from New Jersey to Oregon.

This was their first time visiting the Dubuque area.

“Everyone has been really great to work with here,” Jim said.

Congratulations and thank you for your business, Jim and Angie!