Our History

Our History

Meet the Founder

During Sandra Stanley’s volunteer service of five years in the prison ministry at The Potters House of Dallas, serving with the only faith-based program in Texas, LCP Program of Federal Prison; Ms. Stanley saw a flawed system within the transitional process of men and women from incarceration, which greatly impacted her and moved her to action to become a real proponent of positive change. It was then the idea of Opening Doors for Women In Need began to form.

Sandra Stanley, CEO of Opening Doors for Women In Need, founded the organization in 2003. Well recognized for its reentry program, it is Ms. Stanley’s mission to be an active component in reducing the recidivism rate. There are real barriers men and women face when reentering society after being incarcerated; a lack of support systems, having no place to live, and lack of employment history or education that far too often results in men and women returning to the prison system. Ms. Stanley has made it her goal, through ODWIN and Change A Life! The Nehemiah Project, to provide unique advantages for those reentering society by providing a structural system through a transitional housing program for women, and job readiness to include on the job training opportunities for men and women which allows them to train in retail sales, small business management, and office administration.

Ms. Stanley is actively helping to change futures for men, women, and families.


Recognized and honored by Great Women of Texas
The FTW Business Press
The City of Fort Worth 2007 Outstanding Women of Fort Worth
Fort Worth Metro Black Chamber of Commerce Women’s Division 2013 Eagle Award
AD Respiratory Therapy TCC
Practicing Technician 20yrs Tarrant County Hospital District
B.S. Allied Health Education UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas TX.

Areas Served:

  • Board Member of The American Lung Assoc.
  • Director of Minority Outreach North Texas Region Amer. Lung Assoc.
  • President, and Vice President Continuity of Care
  • Chairman NESEAM Senior at Home Program
  • Exec. Planning Committee Senior Day at the Zoo, Senior Health & Wellness Fair
  • Team Leader Alzheimer’s Memory Walk
  • Walk Chair for The Walk to Fight Asthma
  • Honored by Great Women of Texas
  • Recognition of Fort Worth Business Press

Educational Programs & Groups Implemented and Established:
The Better Breathing Club JPS Hospital
National Assoc. of Director of Nurses (NODON) Kindred Hospital