The History of Doorways

Doorways was founded in 1981 by Christian women in response to a need of international women to learn English and find fellowship. They had been living here in an unfamiliar culture, speaking little or no English, and away from the support of large families to which many of them were accustomed. The founders felt that these women from other countries needed attention to make a healthy adjustment to our community. As more and more women came to the Boulder area, a response was necessary. That response was based on Jesus’ words to his disciples just days before his death:

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me. I was sick and you looked after me. I was in prison and you came to visit me. Matthew 25:35-36.

Doorways is an English school for international women. It meets twice a week in the First Presbyterian Church of Boulder. It provides an opportunity for women traveling with international students and international visitors to engage in informal instruction in conversational English. Children of these women attend and are provided with a constructive playtime. Both adults and children have an opportunity to build friendships that span differences in background, languages and cultural ideas.