26 May 2015

The Courageous Ones

     I have been working as Open Door Mission’s Head Chef for a little over six months.  I came from a restaurant, and there are many similarities with working here at the Mission, but even more differences.  The greatest difference is seeing the blessings, provision, and handy-work of the One True God on a daily basis!
     Being in ministry full time is a great place to be.  I have been stretched, molded, and conformed to look and act more like Jesus.  Some would say doing full time ministry is courageous, and I would agree.  I have learned there are many courageous men and women here, both staff and guests.
     One of the programs at the Mission is called the New Life Recovery Program.  The goal of this program is to help people learn how to overcome their addictions, pointing them to Jesus Christ.  I had the opportunity to sit in with the men who were candidates to move to the next level of the program.  There are different levels of the program, and several of our Directors acknowledge those who have moved up to the next level.
     Let me tell you, this it was an awesome sight to behold!  As these men went forward to receive their given certificates, the Lord spoke to my heart the word COURAGEOUS.  To see these men to be so humbled, desiring lasting change was very convicting.  There were about 30 guys in the room all, at different levels of the program, and they all cheered each other on, congratulating each other.  This was such a cool experience to be a part of.
     They were transparent and honest about their lives, of which I thought, “Wow, what a great example of Jesus!”  I would like to encourage everyone that we not let our pride, selfishness, and fear get in the way of our living courageously for Jesus.  One of my life verses is:
No temptation has overtaken you but what is common to man: and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
     This is a courageous verse!  When life happens, which it will God, will not allow things that we cannot handle.  WOW!  How awesome is it that even when we think we can’t handle something, GOD DOES!  The key is that HE will help us, showing us the way.  Things might not turn as expected, but God is so good to amaze and surprise us with how HE works.
     So remember when you are scared and feel like giving up:  look to Jesus.  He is the solution!  Glory to God and God alone! 

Head Chef

25 May 2015

Helping Without Hindering

     “For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land.”
- Deuteronomy 15:11
     As Christians, we are called to love the poor, to “minister to orphans and widows” (James 1:27).  However, we are also told that “if any would not work, neither should he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10).  What a daunting dichotomy!  How are we to judge who should or should not receive help, who should or should not eat?  How are we to know when we are truly helping, and when we are merely enabling ungodly and destructive actions?  The Scripture seems very clear on this: when in doubt, we are to use the test of work. 
     It’s not enough just to provide handouts to anyone who will take them.  Our task is to “teach a man to fish,” to provide opportunities, training, and resources for individuals and families to become self-sufficient.  It doesn't matter what they have or haven’t done.  What matters is what they’re willing to do now.  It matters if they are willing to work, to sacrifice, and to engage in a disciplined process of lasting change.
     They won’t always succeed, but there is grace to continue trying. And God doesn't force people to change, so neither can we.  All we can do is offer opportunities.

IT Help Desk

22 May 2015

Storm Chasers Suit up to Serve

     The Storm Chasers, formerly known as the Omaha Royals, are in their fifth season at Werner Park in Sarpy County.
     Even during their season, the players and staff care about serving in Omaha, starting their first annual Chasers Community Week the first week of May.  In an effort to give back, they assisted an elderly woman in Midtown with painting and yard cleanup, visited Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, and volunteered at Open Door Mission.
     Although they served lunch as a part of their Chasers Community Week, the Storm Chasers have volunteered several times.  Amy Harvey, Volunteer and Partner Director at Open Door Mission, explained that it’s not typical to get help from athletes at that level.  “It’s exciting for guests when they see someone from the team, just the fact that someone from the team is supportive of them,” she said.
     The Storm Chasers have earned a reputation for their involvement in the community.  The group’s outreach ranges from volunteering and attending events to donating money, averaging about 75 hours of community service from players and office staff per month.
Last month Cordaro received the Jack Lewis Community Service Award at the Omaha Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
     Martie Cordaro, the team’s President and General Manager, is a big part of the community outreach.  When Cordaro joined in 2007, the group was involved in some 20 community-driven organizations. Today the Chasers help more than 60.  The community involvement isn’t required, but highly encouraged.
     “I think it empowers people to know that if they need to take a two-hour lunch, not necessarily to go have lunch, but to go down to the Open Door Mission ... it’s OK.  We want you to do that,” Cordaro said.  “I’ve never told anyone no for volunteer hours, because our staff finds the time to get their day-by-day tasks done.”
     Buddy Baumann, a third year pitcher with the Storm Chasers, does something in the community about once a month.  The team often offers serving opportunities, and he enjoys signing up, despite a busy schedule.
     “It’s nice for people to see a sports figure...doing good and showing love to the community,” Baumann said.  “It’s nice especially to be that ambassador for athletes.”

This blog post was adapted from Emily Nohr, Omaha World-Herald Staff Writer’s story.  To view the full story, click here.

21 May 2015

Transformation at the Lydia House

     I have worked at Open Door Mission for almost three years, but only in the past few months have I gotten the opportunity to work in the Lydia House.  A personal joy is being a vessel used to help meet people's practical needs of food, clothing, and shelter.  From that, spiritual needs can also be met.
     It is exciting to see people come in off the streets and begin to transform before my very eyes.  It starts with a meal and a hot shower, and continues through conversations with staff who passionately love Jesus and can show His love to them.  Seeing God transform a person's life is a special thing to be a part of.  
     I am grateful to all the supporters who help make Open Door Mission a place where both people's physical and spiritual needs can be met.  I am grateful for the donors who give sacrificially so that homeless men, women, and children can receive fresh socks, toiletry items, and even a toothbrush.  These seemingly small items are huge to those who do not have them. 

Evening Family Support Worker

20 May 2015

Denver to Omaha: Same HOPE

     As a Gospel Rescue Mission, Open Door Mission is not only providing people with shelter and food, but is also continuously presenting the Gospel in a very real way. 
     Recently I was traveling in Denver, and had the opportunity to volunteer at the Denver Rescue Mission.
     It was so interesting to see how this particular Rescue Mission serves their community.  Compared to here at Open Door Mission, here are many differences in how they carry out their day to day tasks.  But as guests were enjoying pancakes (which I must note were bigger than their faces), I began to have some conversations.  This is when I started to see the similarities, and almost felt like I was back home.  I heard stories of being broken, but now having newfound HOPE in Jesus.  It was exciting to see the same transformation happening in Denver that I get to see at Open Door Mission on a daily basis.
     There are about 300 Rescue Missions around the United States.  It is a humbling experience to say I work for a Gospel Rescue Mission and that I am a part of God’s plan for Omaha!
     So I will leave you with this:  In what WAYS is God CALLING you to help the hungry and homeless here in our community?

Leasing Specialist

19 May 2015

At Your Neighborhood Hy-Vee

     For the entire month of May, Hy-Vee is donating $1.00 for every $30.00 Meal Builder Bundle sold.  Click here for the list of what is included.  To promote this deal, Open Door Mission sent staff to every Omaha and Council Bluffs area store this past Friday and Saturday, and I got to represent!
     What a blessing it is to just talk to the community about Open Door Mission!  I was able to serve at the Hy-Vee where I do my grocery shopping, and it was a blast seeing people from my very own neighborhood get excited about Open Door Mission.  I even saw my next door neighbor!
     So many people shared about their volunteer experience, how they donate monthly, the clothes and furniture they’ve dropped off at the Mission.  We truly are surrounded by faithful friends—people who make the life change at Open Door Mission possible.
     Thanks to each one who took a moment to say hello this weekend to me or any other Mission staff.  And thank you to all who bought a Meal Builder Bundle!  We truly appreciate your support.  For those who haven’t snagged this deal yet, it’s not too late!

Marketing Coordinator

18 May 2015

A Life Recommited

     Several nights ago, I went through the intake process with a new guest named Frank.  He is joining the New Life Recovery Program.  As we went through his basic information, I asked how his relationship was with Christ.  He said, “I have left the Lord.”
     He received Christ seven years ago, but left Christ after two years of walking with him.  I shared some precious promises of forgiveness and asked if he wanted a do over.  He did and we prayed.  He said afterward, "I feel like a weight has lifted off of my shoulders."
     Please keep him in your prayers.  Our Day House Supervisor will be able to follow up with Frank very soon, as discipleship is key in building a lasting relationship with Christ.  What a blessing it is to see God radically change lives at Open Door Mission!

Intake/Case Manager

15 May 2015

Dine Out to End Hunger

      Last night I had the opportunity to represent Open Door Mission at our monthly event, Dine Out to End Hunger.  Each month, different restaurants in and around the Omaha-Metro area partner with the Mission for one day, allowing a percentage of their earning on that day to benefit the hungry, homeless, and hurting on our campus.
     Our community partner this month was Noodles & Company, and it was such a blessing to be able to represent Open Door Mission at their restaurant.  I was allowed the opportunity to share about the myriad of opportunities for our community to get involved.  It brings me joy to be able to talk about how people can serve.
     There were a few families that came to Dine Out to End Hunger who were very familiar with the mission and are regular volunteers!  It was awesome to see some familiar faces at this event.  Many people also who came out last night because they saw our event on Facebook or heard about it from the radio.  I do some work on the public relations side at the Mission, and it was so fulfilling to hear that our efforts are being recognized and acknowledged.
     I came up with a simile that describes some of the work that I do at the Mission: I am like a megaphone, sharing the important happenings to our community.  I am thankful to work in fulltime ministry to bring Open Door Mission’s volunteers, donors, and advocates closer to the Kingdom.
     Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  - Ephesians 5:20

Donor Relations Coordinator

14 May 2015

Learning to Lead

     Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Leadercast: Omaha Conference.  This is a conference focused on building up Christ-like leaders in every workplace, with impressive speakers from all different walks of life.  It was all that I expected it to be plus more. I went into this conference very excited to learn what it is to be a leader and not just to get tips and tricks of the trade but to learn, in the core, what it is to BE a leader. My Open Door Mission position in the Volunteer Department requires me to lead volunteers by communicating what needs to be accomplished, so leadership is key.  The topic of this year was Bravery and that is something that I lack in the field of being a leader.
     The 107th Mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, said that you need to know what you believe in and stand for it. The first thing I thought of when he said this was the name of Jesus.  His name carries power, which should produce bravery in all who stand in His name.
     The mayor of Compton, Aja Brown, expanded on the statement, “We are all human.”  I like that because no matter if I am leading people that make tons of money, or youth group kids that are looking for a fun Wednesday night, I need to understand that we are all humans created by God, plain and simple.
     Peyton Manning made the point that we are all leaders in something, even if we do not think so. The ability to lead is present on some level in every person, and all we have to do is find and practice it.
     The CEO of Pixar, Ed Catmull shared the wisdom that a leader must be willing to forget there are levels in a company for a little bit.  Everyone should be able to speak openly and listen to each other’s ideas.  A good leader listens to their employees/followers, which allows for non-biased ideas from people that may surprise you.
     I came away with a lot of good characteristics of a leader in this year’s Leadercast and it is hard to fit everything into this one blog. Thankfully I have a notebook full of the words of the great leaders that attended this conference. I feel very fortunate to have been able to go and learn what I have learned. The next step is to review the notes and apply what I have learned to my everyday life as a Volunteer Coordinator at Open Door Mission, or in any other areas the Lord calls me to lead.

Corey McClain

Volunteer Coordinator

13 May 2015

On the Road to the Mission...

     On the road to the Mission, I often pick up one of our homeless guests making their way back to the Men's Center.  One day I saw David walking along the roadside with a heavy red suitcase and shoulder bag.  I offered him a ride, and he gladly accepted.
     When I asked him where he was going, he said, "Home to Japan."  I said, “Oh my goodness!  You're not homeless?"  He burst out laughing,  "No!  I am a Berkshire Hathaway share holder and this was my first trip to Omaha."  David walks and even runs to most places in Japan, so he thought walking to the airport was not a big deal.  He did not realize, however, that there is not a sidewalk all the way to the airport, which is why he was grateful for the lift.
     I shared with him about Open Door Mission, pointing to our campus on the way to airport.  "We need that in Japan!” David said.  “The homeless live on the streets, in shanties and squatters’ quarters.”
     We both learned a lot today from this experience! I am so grateful our community provides not only an awesome campus of facilities but opportunities for the homeless.


12 May 2015

Bring the Children Unto Me

     I was encouraged a few years ago to share about Open Door Mission in a variety of settings.  I wasn’t too sure about being able to do that, but thanks to God (along with lots of prayer) I have been privileged to speak about Open Door Mission for the past six years.  Although I will tell anyone anywhere at any time about Open Door Mission and how they can help make a difference, my love is for young people.
     I LOVE to speak to Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church youth groups, and schools (from preschool to college).  I just love the vibrancy and fearlessness of students.  When I share about homeless children, the children I am speaking to immediately show their compassion for the less fortunate.  When I ask, “How do you think you can help?”  Their responses coming pouring out from their hearts.  They don’t think any idea is too outrageous, though I often have to guide them to a practical idea.  Children have a take charge, “let’s just do“ attitude that gets stuff done.
     These past few years I have been blessed to have young people send notes of encouragement and drawings for our guests, make hundreds of fleece blankets, collect hundreds of pounds of socks & underwear, make sure our kids had cereal for breakfast, fill the children’s library with books, and collect hundreds of pounds of towels & bed linens and so many other items. Young people have a heart of compassion and love for the homeless. I am so blessed to have touched these young people’s lives in such a small way for they have blessed me and Open Door Mission in so many great ways. Never underestimate the power and compassion of youth to make a difference. They are our future, and from where I stand it looks bright with the light of HOPE.
      I would love to come and share with any youth group, school class, organization, or even adults!
     It is so important to pour into the youth of today, and especially so into the lives of children living at Open Door Mission.  Today only, you can make a difference in a child’s life here at Open Door Mission by sponsoring them for a week of camp during the KFAB Kids to Kamp Radiothon.  Just $49 will provide three nutritious meals every day, arts and crafts, recreational games, field trips, stories, music, educational tutoring, and more!  Click the banner below for more information.

Maggie Cope

Community Relations Coordinator

11 May 2015

Brand New Kicks

     It starts when we’re young: that boost of confidence from putting on a pair of brand new shoes.  Nothing started off a new season better than some sweet kicks to show off to your friends.  We all walk a little taller, strutting our stuff, when our feet are pampered the first time we wear a pair of shoes.
     When I was in elementary school, the coolest things were light up shoes and Sketchers tennis shoes.  If you had Sketchers that lit up…you were the coolest kid in the whole class.
     But imagine for a second having only ever worn hand-me-down shoes.  Shoes that are too big or too small, shoes stained beyond cleaning, shoes with holes in the toes.  A kid’s confidence would surely take a hit for wearing shoes like that.
     That’s why it was such a joy to see our Lydia House kids getting to pick out a brand new pair of shoes at Payless.  They were able to choose whatever style, color, and type of shoe they wanted.  And they were able to buy shoes that fit their feet exactly.  That will make a kid feel like a million bucks.
     On the bus ride home, I heard kids chatting excitedly, saying things like
     “I can’t wait to show my mom my new shoes.”
     “Everyone at school is going to love these new shoes.”
     “These will go with every outfit!”
     Thank you to Payless for their generosity and for remembering the little things that mean so much to the homeless children at Open Door Mission.

Beatrice Krause
Marketing Coordinator

08 May 2015

Ladies You Are Loved

       I was unimaginably blessed to have grown up in a Christian home.  My father, siblings, and I loved celebrating my godly mother each Mother's day, expressing appreciation for her love.
     However, for many of our women at the Lydia House, Mother's Day is a painful holiday.  Many did not grow up in a loving, supportive home, and their memories are instead riddled with times of abuse in stable homes.
     Our Ladies You Are Loved Brunch, which will be held tomorrow, will allow our homeless women to feel special and loved.  A morning of music, gifts, an encouraging message of God's love, and a special meal served by volunteers will create the atmosphere for hurting and broken women to step out in faith to let healing begin.  Each year this brunch is a highlight for staff, volunteers, and the women at the Lydia House.
     Please join us in praying for these women tomorrow.

Candace Gregory

07 May 2015

National Day of Prayer

     This nation’s history is covered in prayer.  Special proclamations for days of prayer and fasting have been issued by presidents going as far back to John Adams.  And in 1952, Harry S. Truman established the annual day of observance, asking people to turn to God in prayer and meditation.
     So today, on this National Day of Prayer, people across the United States, across the Heartland, across Iowa and Nebraska will be faithfully lifting up prayers.  They will pray for the Church, our government, families, the nations, our leaders, and the media.  They will shout out prayers of praise and thanksgiving.
     We will be praying at the Mission, too.  We will ask the Lord to break people free of addiction, to bring broken families together, to heal deeply injured hearts and bodies, to protect all living on the streets, to grant courage to any in domestic violence situations, to guide hungry and homeless men, women, and children to Open Door Mission.  Most of all, we pray that more people will turn their hearts to God and receive salvation.
     These are our daily prayers.  Join us in covering the Heartland’s neediest neighbors in prayer, not only today, but every day.  Please pray for our staff, volunteers, donors, and friends as well.  We rely upon the wisdom, grace, and provision of God to serve those who need help the most.  God hears our prayers.

06 May 2015

Blessings at the Free Health and Healing Clinic

     An anonymous donor donated over 1,000 needles and syringes to the Free Health and Healing Clinic for our Back To School Physical Day coming up in July.  What a blessing!
     For Open Door Mission, this means we will be able to immunize every child in need both on campus and in our community case management program 2911.  We will be able to use the funds previously allocated for needles on other medical supplies.  These include over the counter medications, wound care, special shampoos, medication weekly organizers, and many more supplies. 
     With this generous gift from donors in our community, we will be able to provide better care to all men, women, and children seeking medical treatment at the Open Door Mission. 

Kate Fischer, LIMHP
Free Health & Healing Clinic Director

05 May 2015

Seeing God in Art

     Last week Ray, an Open Door Mission volunteer, taught Art Therapy for the Lydia House women’s Everyday Learning Class. It was fabulous! The women really got into it. The project Ray led them in was dropping water color paint on a damp piece of paper. This causes the paint to spread in unpredictable ways across the paper.  No matter where the paint spreads, each piece of art was beautiful.
     Ray compared this to our lives. Things often seem chaotic or out of control, but if we trust that God is in control, the end result will be a masterpiece!

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with My loving eye on you.
-Psalm 32:8

Vickie Gregorio
Lydia House Director

04 May 2015

Meet Ruby

     “God, make me a better Ruby.” This is the prayer of Ruby’s heart during her time in recovery. Ruby grew up in a dysfunctional family with no father and being sexually abused by a family member throughout her childhood.
     Ruby’s family was known for hosting parties each weekend where seven-year-old Ruby played bartender. This is where her addiction began, drinking the same alcohol she served to others.
     Fast forward to age 30 and Ruby is an alcoholic with an extensive drug addiction, including marijuana and cocaine. She also has had five children, though four of them have no contact with her. It was at this point that she decided to move to Omaha with her fiancĂ© and youngest child with hopes for a new beginning. This was another abusive relationship though, which lead Ruby to spend time in various homeless shelters.  Through this she still struggled with sobriety.
     Finally growing weary of addiction and abuse, Ruby listened to someone who told her about the life-changing programs at Open Door Mission.  Taking their advice, she moved into Open Door Mission’s Lydia House and began the New Life Recovery Program.  This is where her real journey begins.
     The program has given her a new, wondrous beginning. Ruby feels God’s presence every day, and sees His love in her counselors, mentors, pastors, and staff.  Sobriety has been a beautiful and challenging process, but God is working wonders in her life. During difficult days, her motivation comes from her favorite verses, Psalm 139: 13-16.

“For it was you who formed my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.”

     Ruby has advanced to the third phase of the program and is excited to move closer toward graduation.  She knows she has received a true gift in being able to break the cycle of homelessness not only for herself, but also for her children.  Thank you for your support to inspire HOPE for lasting change in lives like Ruby’s.

01 May 2015

A Look Inside the New Life Recovery Program

It is always awesome to see how people grow in our programs.  It was very evident to me today.  Before my class I had a gentleman approach me and he asked if he could have a few minutes at the start of class to speak to the other men about something.  This gentleman's name is Marvin.  Marvin has been known to get frustrated easily and handle it by being argumentative and yell or talk loudly in what often comes across as disrespectful. To be honest it can be a big distraction and causes some friction between Marvin and other men.  He told me today that he wanted to apologize to everyone he may have offended or angered because of his actions and ask for their forgiveness!  I gave him the time to do this and he spoke of how he knows he still has growing to do but that he has been convicted by The Holy Spirit to change how he has been doing things and strengthen his walk with The Lord.  It was very fitting that today we already going to talk about the differences in guilt vs conviction.  It always refreshing to see how much people change from the time they start there walk and where they are when they graduate the program. It shows how great, powerful, and amazing our God is!

Evening House Supervisor

29 April 2015

God's Forgiveness Never Fails

As I did an intake tonight, I spoke with Brandon about his relationship with Jesus Christ. He told me it was not very good. He had received Christ a year ago.  We talked about God's forgiveness and willingness to receive us back. He was willing to pray and recommit his life to the Lord. He has joined the New Life Recovery Program. Please pray for him that he gets all he needs here at Open Door Mission to become strong in his faith.

Greg J.
Intake/ Case Manager

22 April 2015

An Inside Look Of God's Work Being Done At Open Door Mission

A man came tonight and was preparing to go through the intake process. He went to chapel and after words he got his intake done. We talked and he stated he was backsliding in his life. We talked about the Gospel and how God will forgive. I shared that God is a God of second chances. He was moved by the Gospel shared at Open Door Mission and wanted to get his life right with Christ. Praise God for the moving of His Spirit and the miracle of repentance and restoration. Please pray for him and the continued work at the mission.

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.

Intake/Case Manager

20 April 2015

The TRUE Volunteer Experience

Open Door Mission Team,

Hello. My team and I have volunteered twice now with your company. We wanted to send our thanks for allowing us to volunteer with your company. The Open Door Mission has touched our lives in ways we couldn’t have imagined, just from the two times we have been through your doors. The staff is warm and inviting, and the homeless men, women and children we served put a smile on our faces. We hope to work with Open Door Mission a few more times before we leave on May 1st, however, if we don’t we wanted to extend our thanks again for all you have allowed us to do, and the people you help. Your company is simply amazing, and we hope to see your company grow more to aid the community in Omaha. 

My team and I also wanted to extend thanks to Cory who has helped us tremendously throughout our visits, and to Jessica whom we met at the Color Vibe 5k.  Open Door Mission has a wonderful team, and we hope nothing but the best for all of you.

Warmest Regards,
Open Door Mission Volunteer

30 March 2015

HOPE for a Better and BRIGHTER Life in Christ

I want each of you to know how much I appreciated residing at Open Door Mission during my time of need. Even though there were some rough times, I would always know in my heart that God was there with me. During my time on Open Door Mission's campus, my spirits were lifted. During the stressful moments each of you played a very positive part in my ability to function. Moving forward I now look back at my time spent at Open Door Mission as a part of the New life Recovery Program, I see it as a stepping stone on my way to having my own home again. I am humbly grateful. A special THANK YOU to my Case Manager Jacqueline and Shawntel, the Day House Supervisor for being the platform of my support system that held me upright and moving forward AT ALL TIMES.


Guest at Lydia House

18 March 2015

To me, being a Christian means...

To me, being a Christian means...That you are not your own anymore...that you were bought with a price...the shed blood of Jesus Christ! That you are in this world, but not a part of it. That God is on the throne of your heart and life and everything you do....you do it unto Him. 

That you are Holy Spirit led and NOT led by the flesh. That your life is a breath by breath life of praise and worship....not just some songs you sing in church on Sunday's.

That you love and serve the lost, needy, orphans, widows and the homeless.... That you love like Jesus loves... that the cry of your heart is: "Lord! BREAK MY HEART FOR WHAT BREAKS YOURS!!!"

You love Jesus with ALL of your heartmindsoul and /strength!!!

Overnight Support Worker

11 March 2015

What it's like to SERVE at Open Door Mission

I was a first time volunteer today at Open Door Mission. I graduated from North High School, Class of 1959. I was impressed with the staff at the mission in addition to the guests and students who found shelter at the mission. They all seemed to resonate with the Real Message. My stereotype of homeless has certainly changed, dramatically after spending time on Open Door Mission's campus. I saw real love and compassion in everyone that I came into contact with. I am not a churchgoer, but the spirit was there, among and within the people.

- Volunteer at Open Door Mission

16 February 2015

Permanent Supportive Housing at Open Door Mission

At times on the Open Door Mission campus, we are have the opportunity to serve individuals and families while they are working to overcome and break the chains of addiction. With the recovery process of the Permanent Supportive Housing, we get to partner with our residents at a different stage. This is a longer stage. The stage that generally happens at the Permanent Supportive Housing, isn't the reuniting of families, kicking the addiction, or graduating a program. It is the long road of knitting a family back together. We help families grow stronger together. 

Here is a video of one of our residents living with us in our Permanent Supportive Housing units. She is doing well and we get to be a key part in her life NOW! Thank you for your partnership in changing lives. Without our donors, this would not be possible.


Permanent Supportive Housing Director

12 February 2015

Sharing the Love of Christ

During an intake a man communicated that he did not know he had eternal life in Jesus 
Christ. I was able to share the gospel with him and he prayed to receive Christ into his life. It is interesting that I knew his uncle from years ago. God is the orchestrator of circumstances. What a privilege to share the gospel and see someone ask Jesus into their heart. 1 Peter 5:6-7 - Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Intake/Case Manager

04 February 2015

Power of the Holy Spirit Working in the House

During one of the chapel services last week, Robert a soon-to-be New Life Recovery Program Graduate shared his testimony with the other guests and students living on Open Door Mission's campus. The end result of chapel was a man asked Jesus into his heart. This guy is gloriously saved. I did his intake to the emergency side after the staff and fellow guests and students did his intake to the Kingdom of Heaven.  When I talked with him he was expressing joy and assurance in his life. He is planning on joining the New Life Recovery Program. Please keep him and the mission in your prayers. Thank you for your support.

Intake/Case Manager

29 January 2015

Open Door Mission Has the Most AMAZING Donors!

On Tuesday afternoon I emailed staff I was looking for a dual control refrigerator/freezer for vaccines/medications in our new Free Health and Healing Clinic. By 6pm my request had been placed on Open Door Mission's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. By 8:30pm my request had been fulfilled. Praise God!  A donor had gone to our website  www.opendoormission.org and clicked on Donate Now. In the comment section she designated the gift for the clinic refrigerator. This donor will never know what a blessing she has been to the men, women and children that live her at the Open Door Mission. Not just for now but for years to come.

Philippians 4:19, But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Health & Healing Clinic Director

19 January 2015

Spiritual Awakening

Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Each day Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, serves over 2,000 hot, nutritious meals and provides preventive measures to more than 275 people living in poverty. In addition to meeting physical needs, we work to meet the spiritual needs of the homeless men, women and children living on our campus.
 Praise God for our Chapel teams that come to serve and share the gospel. A man received Christ tonight and new that God had touched his life. It is awesome to see the Lord work in hearts.


Intake/Case Manager

14 January 2015

Have You Seen the Streets of Omaha?

2015 has started out rather cold!!  We aren't finding as many people out on the streets, which is a good thing.  Most of the homeless population are at the shelters or finding someone to let them stay in their homes.

One of our first stops was with two women walking down the street, one with no coat!  She gladly accepted one of the coats we had with us. On 24th and Spencer we served a few people who were braving the cold. This week the weather was ridiculously cold, which made even less people out on the streets but those we did see outside in the cold weather were happy to receive food, coats, and scarves ALL FREE IN THE NAME OF JESUS.  At this time we don't have very many hats and gloves to pass out.  We keep spreading the word to anyone who will listen about this need!
Lindsey , one of Open Door Mission’s volunteer coordinators used to be in charge of leading the Streets of Omaha volunteers. January 2 was Lindsey's last week in the Volunteer Department.  We loved getting to know her and appreciated her service and love of the people we serve.  We wish her good luck in her new position at the mission.

Thank you for your continual prayers for those we serve each week.  We are blessed to be part of this ministry.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.  Colossians 4:2
Gary, Sandy, Steph, and Lisa

Open Door Mission, Streets of Omaha Volunteers

01 January 2015

Ringing in the New Year with the King

It has been busy here at the Open Door Mission. Yet we cannot forget why we are here serving at the mission. I am a Registered Nurse and it is important to triage and care for the most needy. We have to do spiritual triage all the time for our homeless guests and students.  We need to stop and take that moment when we are talking to people and whether it is case management or an intake. If an individual responds to God's calling,  prompting them to welcome Him into their hearts, we are always ready and willing to share the gospel and give them the HOPE of eternal life through the gift of Jesus Christ. That is how i rang in the New Year. A young man who came into the mission late last night seeking safe, warm shelter sand a hot meal. Once he was settled in, he began to ask questions on how he can allow Christ into his heart. Hallalullia! 
What a way to crown the year of 2014. My prayer is for all of us to be able to have the pleasure of leading many to the Lord in 2015. God bless and happy New Year!

Greg J. 
Intake/ Case Manager

23 December 2014

HOPE begins with a meal.

I enjoy working in the kitchen at the Open Door Mission! I am always amazed by the generosity of our community. The outstanding volunteer support and the yummy food donations are only the beginning! We watch first hand as God transforms the lives of those who seek a renewed HOPE and change. It's an honor to feed the multitudes but the great joy is knowing their souls are being fed and hearts are given new life.
So thankful to be part of the serving heart of the Open Door Mission!

Laura K.
Hospitality Director

22 December 2014

Because of YOU

There’s joy all over the place here at the Open Door Mission. Christmas is right around the corner, and we're celebrating the birth of our savior just like the angels did, with great joy.Don't get me wrong. There’s plenty of pain, too. Many of our guests come from broken homes and traumatic backgrounds. Many have endured unimaginable circumstances. Many have struggled with addictions, abuse and injustice.

But that’s where friends like you come in with your compassion and generosity, with your donations, volunteering and prayers. You are the hands and feet of Jesus, bringing joy into the lives of our guests and into the lives of the staff.Many of the clients we serve have great Christmas memories from childhood, but in more recent years they haven’t had much reason to celebrate. Being in a homeless shelter at Christmas can be painful. On the other hand, many of our guests had difficult childhoods with no happy Christmas memories and being in our shelter might be the happiest Christmas they have ever had. We’re here to bring them all joy.

But none of this joy would be possible without you and your generous support. Thank you so much for being a source of joy at Christmas. Thanks for helping to provide hope for the New Year ahead. We are blessed to be able to be here with these people, but none of it would be possible without you. May God Bless each and every one of you who make this possible.

Russell J.
Case Manager at Garland Thompson Men's Center

19 December 2014

JOY in the Shadow of the Cross

 This is the season we celebrate the birth of a sweet little boy baby…Jesus. The birth of a new baby always brings joy to the parents and family. We as a Christian family rejoice at the birth of Jesus too. I have been thinking about His mother Mary, a teenage girl suddenly a mother to the Messiah, not a “normal” little baby. I have often wondered what Mary was “pondering” in her heart those many years ago. She knew what the prophets had foretold…her child would die a brutal death. She would love Him and watch Him grow to manhood, yet He would still chose the path His Father God had for Him.
Then there is Joseph, being a father is hard, even without the burden of knowing you are raising God’s son. God chose Joseph to be the “father figure” and the “role model” of a Godly man in the formative years of Jesus’ life. Being the parents to God’s son was an awesome gift, but knowing He would die on the cross must have been heartbreaking.

So this Christmas celebrate with JOY the birth of the baby Jesus….but don’t forget that He became the “perfect lamb”, battered, beaten, ridiculed, and hung on a cross for our sins-because Christ chose to bring us the JOY of eternal life. JOY to the world, the Savior has come…to love and forgive-keep the Christmas JOY in your heart and life all the time…and share with those who need the JOY most of all.

Maggie C.
Communications Coordinator