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|Spring Graduation 2014|
Several years ago, a Filipino mother of 6 came several times to volunteer in our Timberlake Outreach Center. Life interfered, as it usually does, but that seed stayed planted. Last July, with all of her children grown, it bloomed. God answered Jenny’s prayers for direction with a simple instruction: to serve the homeless. She immediately thought of the Mission, and promptly showed up for orientation and a tour. On that tour she passed through the kitchen, and as far as I’m aware she hasn’t left yet. Showing up at 9:00am four or five days a week and seldom leaving before 6:00 or 7:00pm, Jenny spends more time serving here than many people do at their jobs. I am firmly convinced that she has made it her life’s mission to feed everyone she encounters until they can’t eat any more, then give them cookies.
It’s volunteers like Jenny that allow us to make the kind of impact we do on the community, volunteers with a God-given heart for the homeless and an intentional commitment to serving in whatever capacity God calls. Without them, without the people who give of their time and their resources to support us, Open Door Mission would not exist.
It's been said, "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen." Here at the Open Door Mission, I think the saying should be "If you can't walk by faith, stay out of the kitchen."
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|Open Door Mission -downtown|
|Rebuilding Lives Center 2014|
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I had the privilege of chaperoning 17 program men at the Creighton baseball gamenight (Jays won 4-3 in 11 innings). The weather was perfect and it was a special night as Creighton honored our U.S. military and especially those Nebraskans and Iowans--women and men--who have lost their lives in service to their country. It was especially moving after the game when the stadium lights were turned off and a single military trumpeter--spotlighted on the field--played "Taps" as photos of the men and women were scrolled on the Jumbo-tron screen.Our program men exhibited excellent behavior throughout the night, were consistently making themselves accountable to their chaperone, and were returned to the Mission without incident. Not only do I offer this report to say how well the men represented themselves, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Open Door Mission, but also to give thanks for the 5-7 minutes that these men stood together, removed their caps, and honored the fallen with sincere silence. What a moment!One additional blessing I received was the honor of observing and greeting a gentleman from the Garland Thompson Men's Center emergency side who was working at the stadium that night, cleaning up the concourse and the restrooms. His smile, friendliness, and humble demeanor are a credit to Pat and all who serve at the Open Door Mission, restoring dignity to those who are willing to work and who call the Open Door Mission, for now, their place of residence. Definitely a plus 1.It was a night I will long remember and be thankful for.Another servant,Scott Driscoll
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Low income families and individuals can come once every 30 days to the Timberlake Outreach Center to receive services but this past Saturday Open Door Mission hosted Super Duper Giveaway for the community.
We know the need is great in our community as we saw over 900 families participate in the give away. That is just over 3,800 individuals who were able to receive, gently used clothing, furniture, household items, toiletries, diapers, and best of all a food pantry. All of this thanks to the generosity of the community who donated everything we give away.
|Families and individuals were lined up before 8:00 am even|
though the doors didn't open until just before 10:00 am
|Volunteer waiting for orientation to begin and then be places|
in different areas at the Timberlake Outreach Center
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Valentines Day is a time of Love and showing people that you can. Homeless men, women and children on Open Door Mission Campus were able to experience that same love this Valentines Day. Thank you to all the volunteers that made decorations, valentines, cards, and to Bakers for donating 400 Roses to make the homeless men, women and children feel special.
|St. Bernadette Girl Scout Troop 44578 made |
these "owl-dorable" valentines for our
guests at the Hearts of Hope Banque
|Volunteers passed out valentines|
and Roses that were donated by
Bakers at Twin Creek
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Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954. Each day, Open Door Mission ministries provides 320 men, women, and children with safe shelter beds, serves nearly 1,500 hot nutritious meals, and provides preventive measures to more than 250 families living in poverty. to meet the basic physical needs of the hungry and homeless, the Open Door Mission’s day facility services provide free transportation from the downtown area to Open Door Mission and Lydia House. Open Door Mission offers life-changing programs for those recovering from life-altering addictions and abuse to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.