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.


http://vimeo.com/118951899

Taylor
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.



Greg
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.

Greg
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.

Kate, LIMHP
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.

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Greg
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 

12 December 2014

Who Knew Santa Could Fly?

December at the Open Door Mission is my favorite month.  Some of my coworkers laugh at me when I say this because December at the Mission is known to be insanely busy and can sometimes begin to feel stressful.  But I love it!  Every year we take children and families all over the Metro to ice skate, meet Santa, look at the Christmas lights, Shop with a Cop, and much much more.  

My favorite memory this year has already been picked.  While at Shop with a Cop this year, an event where children are paired with a police officer and go Christmas shopping at Walmart, Santa arrived in an unusual fashion.  Santa showed up in a helicopter.  Imagine 50 windblown children so overcome that it looked like their heads might actually explode with excitement.  I laughed so hard I almost choked on my breath mint.

This moment, and many others like it, would not be possible without the continued support of the Omaha Metro Community.  To you I say thank you.  May God bless you this Christmas season.

Rachel F.
Children and Youth Director

10 December 2014

Hum Along

Hum Along
We are almost ready for Christmas.  The campus looks very festive and staff, volunteers, and guests are so excited about the events and special plans that will take place over the next few weeks. Yesterday, as I walked through the Lydia House, I heard some of the kiddos talking about Christmas and singing Christmas songs and carols. There’s nothing better than that!

As I listened to them sing the chorus of Oh, Come All Ye Faithful, individual stories and circumstances of guests that are staying with us, flashed thru my mind.

O come, let us adore Him
            Lost jobs…lost homes…            Separated from loved ones…
            Devastating health issues…mental illness…
O come, let us adore Him
            Thankful for shelter and food…new friends…second chances…
New faith…hopeful about the future…
O come, let us adore Him.  
Being a part of the work at Open Door Mission is truly rewarding and life-changing.  It’s not too late to join in the Christmas activities- sign up today!  And no matter your circumstances, hum along..........

O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.


               
                 

             

09 December 2014

This isn't just ANY job..

I work at Open Door Mission because I get to spend my days surrounded by those who love Christ.  I get to work with people who allow Christ to shine through them.  Being in an environment that is Christ first, has given me such a peace of mind in and out of work, and it has strengthened my own walk with God.  I don’t know of any other “employer” that allows us to speak of God so freely, to openly pray for ourselves, and for others.  That actually puts God before anything else.  It makes me smile when I hear someone say “We’ll pray about this, and wait on God.”  It is not always an easy task, to be patient, but every blessing the Mission as has received is because we waited on God.   I cannot imagine any place better to work, any place better to hear other’s testimonies.  I truly am blessed by Open Door Mission and by every single person that works here.


-Angela

 Development Associate 

08 December 2014

Season of Gratefulness

It was the middle of the week. I just decided to take a second job for the holiday season. I was exhausted from the hours, beginning to feel sorry for myself. That day, I was having a conversation with one of our guests who is having difficulty finding a job. This guest had recently accepted Christ and turned his life around a lot, but his previous felony stamped on his record made it difficult for him to find a job.
Later that day I was talking to another guest. He also is struggling to find employment because he is still in the process of gaining his citizenship. That is when God convicted me. All day I had been feeling sorry for myself when there are people around me who would love to have opportunities like mine. Not only has God blessed me with this great job at Open Door Mission, where I get to serve others, but also a seasonal job. Those jobs allow me to pay rent and meet almost any other need I may have. I am so blessed

As we take time this thanksgiving to remember what we are thankful for, what are some blessings that we might overlook? I am thankful for all the volunteers, donors, guests, and staff because together we see God change lives at Open Door Mission!
Lindsay W.
Volunteer Coordinator

28 November 2014

Working at Open Door Mission is...

I work at the Open Door Mission because I am a Christian and the Lord is King here. I enjoy the interaction with the staff and the interaction with the men who are allowing God to change their lives. I have my office in the Permanent Supportive Housing building which allows me to interact with the guests and their kids. Every morning the kids come into my office for a piece of candy and they all give me a big hug and tell me to have a Blessed Day. I am a witness with the success stories through the men that worked for me over the summer months especially those who worked in the garden and those who did the lawn care. I enjoyed working with one individual especially and his name is Gary. Gary and I have become friends and we talked daily. I have come to know Gary and his family and I respect him very much. Gary has turned his life completely around with the help of the mission. Gary tells me daily how lucky he is to have come as far as he has and he owes it all to God because without God he would not be here. 


Dennis
Property Manager

26 November 2014

What's On Your Table?

Chef Brian's Cook Book

Turkey- Have your turkey thawed a couple days before you plan to cook.  Make a Brine.  1 gallon water, 8 oz. of brown sugar, 8 oz. kosher salt,  2 oz. pepper,  8 oz of fresh garlic rough chopped, 10 bay leaves, 4 oz. of fennel seeds.  Mix well add turkey and let it soak for at least 24-36 hours.  Then bake @ 300 degrees ( until internal temp of 165).  A lower temp will take longer for turkey to cook but it will be that much more juicer.  

Turkey- Again have turkey thawed. Make a wet rub.  1# butter (unsweetened) softened. 4 oz. parsley 4 oz. sage. 4 oz. rosemary ( all fresh herbs works best).  4 oz. garlic ( puree garlic) 2 oz. salt  1 oz. pepper.  a couple pinches of crushed red pepper. 8 oz. oil.   clean and chop the herbs.  Mix all ingredients and rub all the ingredients inside and out of turkey.  Try to get mixture underneath the skin if possible. Cook at 325 degrees until internal temp of 165 degrees.

Mashed potatoes- This is one of those items you can be as daring as you want!  You can add some blue cheese and bacon right at the end, roast garlic off in oven with oil covering garlic completely until garlic is a brown color puree and then add to potatoes with milk/cream, salt/pepper, unsalted butter.

Stuffing- saute up some onion celery garlic and add some turkey (small pieces).  Add that to your stuffing!  Most turkeys come with the gizzards and heart and all that yummy package! cut those up into small small pieces and add that to the onion celery garlic instead of using turkey.  

Veggies- Get fresh veggies and julienne them all up toss with garlic, oil, salt/pepper and bake in the oven on 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes until they are cooked to your liking.  I prefer a little crunch in my veggies.  Peppers, onion, fresh green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms.  Try different veggies! Asparagus ?!

Cauliflower mashed potatoes.  Cut up a couple heads of cauliflower and cook in 1 gallon of water with 1 cup vinegar. Cook until soft then heat up some cream/milk and puree cauliflower with milk/cream and salt/pepper.  This is a great option for a low cal option.



Enjoy your meal!
God bless and Happy Thanksgiving
Brian 

24 November 2014

Glory to God

Open Door Mission Friends!

It was a joy for our Gallup Team to make 1000 sack lunches for the homeless and poor being served at Open Door Mission.  :o)

All of the food and supplies were donated from Rotella, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Bag & Save, Sysco, McDonalds, Target, Hy-Vee and $100 donation from my church (East Side Christian Church).

I am praying that many people were blessed.

My husband and I have been serving the Open Door Mission through music – worship music during dinner and chapel service twice a month, and it was a JOY to be a part of helping make food for the homeless to help meet their physical needs, with my friends at Gallup.

Glory to God!
With joy,
Faithful Open Door Mission Volunteer

21 November 2014

Join Us, Won't You?

It goes without saying that as the holiday season arrives, we are continually reminded of our many blessings.  Whether it be a dinner catching up with friends, or running around town checking names off our holiday gift list, we are constantly reminded of the good fortune in our lives.

Unfortunately, this time of year is particularly difficult for the homeless. This is our busiest time of year at the Open Door Mission, as we provide refuge for men, women, and children who are hungry for help and hope. It is particularly heartbreaking to witness this urgent need in a time that for so many brings abundance and joy.

This is why I am excited to tell you about TAGG (Together A Greater Good), a local company who launched a smartphone app that lets us help the homeless any time – even in the middle of our holiday hustle and bustle! TAGG has partnered with over 75 local charitably-minded business who have agreed to donate 5% of your purchase to the Open Door Mission when you use the app there. This means you can support the Open Door Mission as a part of your everyday activities – with no additional cost to you.

How it works: 
1)   Download the free mobile app (Search for Together A Greater Good on the Google Play or Apple Store)
2)   Visit participating businesses (listed on the app).  Tap the TAGG My Purchase button on the app and enter the amount.  Tell the server/cashier, pay as ususal, and they will provide a card to scan to complete the TAGG.
3)   Choose the Open Door Mission.  The business will then donate 5% back to us!

As an extra bonus, Husker Siding, Windows & Roofing has offered to match all donations made through TAGGED purchases between now and the end of the year, only for the Open Door Mission! 

I can’t think of a better way to give thanks for my holiday blessings than to share them real-time with those less fortunate. Please join me in making TAGG an everyday part of your routine, this holiday season and beyond.



Candace

CEO and President of Open Door Mission

20 November 2014

How Many Lives Can YOU Change in 25 Minutes?

These wonderful volunteers peeled 80 lbs of potatoes in 25 minutes. Who ever said peeling potatoes is no fun? They haven't come to Open Door Mission and we enjoyed the company of these great people!!! Many hands make the work load light!
”My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” – John 15:12

Laura

Hospitality Director

24 October 2014

Guided By God

As I was preparing to graduate with my Bachelor's Degree this past spring, I came across a job opening for a case manager at the Lydia House.  I felt truly guided to apply, and have felt at home and at peace since I began at the Open Door Mission in April.  It is an honor to work for an organization that I have admired for so many years, and it is a privilege to help families overcome obstacles, and rediscover their faith and hope.  I know God has a plan for all of us, and I know his plan for me was to place me at the Open Door Mission, where I could make a difference in the lives of others.  I am truly blessed and appreciative of the opportunities given to me daily to witness the miracles possible through Christ.  

Vickie
Case Manager

17 October 2014

Salvation!


 We need to be sensitive and not just in a hurry to get our work done. The greatest work we can do is be available to pray with one of our guests to receive Jesus as their Savior and obtain assurance  of their salvation. There is joy in the camp tonight. Let us continue to pray for one another that we may take those open doors to share our faith with our guests that we are entrusted to serve at the Open Door Mission.

Greg
Case Manager