Salinas-Based Door to Hope Named Recipient of Major Award from Internationally Recognized Early Childhood Support Organization



SALINAS, CA  — Door to Hope, a non-profit organization that provides behavioral health and innovative family health programs to individuals and families in Monterey County, announced today Parents as Teachers National Center, an internationally recognized leader in the early childhood home visiting field, has awarded Door to Hope with one of its highest awards. Door to Hope was awarded the Losos Prize for Innovation, which acknowledges excellence, innovation in services, and impact to young children and their families, at the Parents as Teachers 2016 Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Door to Hope is being recognized for their innovative collaboration with MCSTART and their long-standing reputation in the community to be able to collaborate successfully with multiple agencies since 1996. “Door to Hope and MCSTART’s Parents as Teachers program and staff are exceptional,” said Executive Director, Chris Shannon. “We are very proud of receiving this national award.”

L’Shanna Klein and Maria Ramirez of Door to Hope accepted the award in St. Louis. Honorees accept their awards before 1,300 conference participants representing early childhood, childcare, health, mental health, social services, government and business professionals from across the nation and around the world.

Parents as Teachers serves more than 212,000 children in all 50 U.S. states, more than 100 tribal organizations, schools and communities, and five other countries. It is an internationally recognized network which uses an evidence-based model to deliver parent education primarily through personal visits and group meetings.

About Door to Hope:
When people of any age struggle with addiction, mental health issues, trauma or an unstable home life, they need competent and compassionate care. Door to Hope’s licensed, certified and professional staff bring an exceptional level of expertise and a warm, supportive approach.

In 1971, Door to Hope opened its doors when three local women created a residential treatment center for women who were struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. Over the years, Door to Hope has grown to provide behavioral health services to individuals and families in Monterey County.

Currently, Door to Hope has 10 programs to help infants, children, teenagers, men, women and families. The organization has helped thousands to restore hope, happiness and productivity, and has enriched our communities in the process.

For more information, visit the Door to Hope website at

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