About OpenDoors

OpenDoors was founded in 2003 with the sole mission of providing services and advocacy to people with criminal records.  Initially formed as The RI Family Life Center, it changed its name to OpenDoors in 2009 (Read more about the name change here).  OpenDoors was led by its first Executive Director, Solangel Rodriguez from 2003 to 2017, through numerous landmark accomplishments: the Right to Vote Campaign in 2006, the opening of our Plainfield Street offices and 19 unit housing facility in 2010, and the creation of the 9 Yards program in 2013.  OpenDoors is now led by Co-Executive Directors Nick Horton and Patrick Westfall, who have both worked for OpenDoors for over a decade.


OpenDoors is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen communities by supporting the formerly incarcerated. The organization's goals are to:

  • Successfully reintegrate formerly incarcerated individuals by preparing them pre-release and supporting them during the post release period and beyond;
  • Reduce recidivism by streamlining opportunities for ex-offenders to become integral members of the community and society, nurturing personal responsibility, and advocating for the removal of social and legal barriers to re-entry;
  • Stabilize families of ex-offenders by providing services that build on individual and family strengths and needs; and
  • Reinvest in communities and reduce incarceration rates by promoting investment in education, community development, and a smart-on-crime criminal justice approach.

The OpenDoors reentry program uses a holistic approach to support offenders as they prepare to leave prison, return home, and stabilize in the community. The agency's programs include our policy and advocacy on criminal justice issues, our one-stop Resource Center, and our Employment Program. OpenDoors programs seek to ameliorate the condition of the poor and promote economic self-sufficiency by improving job-readiness, addressing barriers to employment, and teaching job-retention skills.

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