Annual Events

Annual Opening Doors Events

Each year we host three key events that connect us with our clients, community and partners. Our Point in Time CountPath of Light Candlelight Vigil and Root Connection events serve very different purposes while working towards one common goal— ending homelessness. We encourage you to get involved in any way that you can. 

Opening Doors also hosts monthly coalition and board meetings that are open to the public.

Point in Time Count


Each year, with the help of volunteers and partner agencies, Opening Doors conducts a survey to better understand homelessness in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. The survey, called the Point in Time Count, is consistent with the guidelines from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and covers people who meet the current HUD definition of homeless; those who are in shelters, in transitional housing programs or unsheltered and living in a place not meant for habitation. 

Conducting the Point in Time Count requires extensive efforts by a wide range of community partners, involving dozens of staff and volunteers from public and private nonprofit organizations that work with people experiencing a housing crisis in our community. 

Path of Light Candlelight Vigil


More than 100 people walk the paths of the Admiral Mason Park for our Path of Light Candlelight Vigil to pay respects to more than a dozen homeless people who lost their lives with no place to call home. 

Many have been disconnected from their families, so Opening Doors, along with other community partners, make sure they are remembered. 

Along with the memorial service, our Path of Light Candlelight Vigil has a food and coat, glove, hat, book and stuffed animal drive. 

Root Connection


To celebrate 30 years of making a difference, we started Root Connection, a fast-paced, high-energy networking event for social service professionals who wish to connect in a meaningful way. 

Our first Root Connection event had over 50 attendees and more than 30 organizations participate. 

By connecting with our community partners and other industry professionals, we are able to work together towards our end goal— opening doors to eliminate housing crisis.