29 November 2006

Hungry v.s. Food Security Issue

Sunset Hills Meal Drive
The Open Door Mission through the generosity of the community was able to serve more than 4,800 Thanksgiving meals and gave away more than 1,300 Turkey and Fixin boxes to low income families. These families were able to stay in their own homes for Thanksgiving. A great big thank you to the 800+ volunteers who gave of their time.

The Sunset Hills Student Government Association just finished a fund raiser to benefit Open Door Mission in which 140 students collected $688.78 or 374 meals. Each feather on this turkey represents a meal that was collected. Thank You Soooooo..... Much.

Most recently, the USDA reported that 35 million people could not put food on the table at least part of last year. People living in poverty in the Heartland are required to choose between food, shelter and basic needs. The Open Door Mission continues to see an increase in the need for preventive measures.

Last year, the Open Door Mission on average served 1,400 each month through the Community Services department. Individuals and families supplementing their income. The Outreach Center looks like a thrift store but nobody pays. There are gently used clothing, shoes, furniture, emergency pantry, case management and more. This month, the Outreach Center will break a record in the number served. There is an estimated grand total of more than 7,000 served at the Outreach Center for the month of November.

Therefore, whether we say hungry or very low food security issue the facts remain the same there is a real need in our community.

16 November 2006

Calling all Turkeys.. Gobble, Gobble..

Gobble, Gobble.... as you have heard the Open Door Mission needs Turkeys for their Great Thanksgiving Banquet on Saturday. Many from the community are stepping up and out to meet the needs. Check out www.wowt.com and watch the live video on the right side of the table.

08 November 2006

KEEPING NEBRASKA THE GOOD LIFE

Good Afternoon,

WOW, the weather is unbelievable. Who would have thought that it could be high 70's in November.

Yesterday, I started the day with radio personalities Glo, Glen and Cammie form Star 104.5 It was an opportunity to promote the upcoming Sister Doin It For Others Event this coming Saturday. This is an annual event, in it's 7th year, raising public awareness and quality donations for the women and children that reside at the Lydia House. I had the opportunity to swing by and say, "HI" to Big Party and Jeff from 94.1. We are gearing up for the Lydia House Diaper Drive. This drive brings in more than 200,000 diapers.

Last night, I spoke with employees and investors of Horizon Bank. I am so impressed with this group of individuals and their genuine sincerity and compassion. Although, Horizon Bank does not have a location in Omaha, this business is very community minded throughout the state of Nebraska. I truly enjoyed the fellowship, not to mention the food was fabulous.

Last but not least, a celebration is in order in reference to Initiative 421. Again, the people of Nebraska have spoken on expanded gambling, saying, "No." I believe the people of Nebraska understand that expanded gambling will not create a positive economic or social impact in our communities. Praise the Lord.

03 November 2006

Time Flys..

Wow, I can not believe that it is Friday. Time is just flying by so quickly.

Thank you to so many that stopped by at the corner of 72nd and Dodge, last week, for the Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat campaign. Thousands of pounds of clothing, food and household items were donated. A great kick off to the holiday season.

Last Saturday, you could not have missed the Open Door Mission Jesus Loves Me balloons that were all over the MidAmerica Center at the annual Treat Street event. 1,700 balloons were given out. Also, more than 1,000 Hobart stories were given out which spiked an increase in the volume of callers to the Phone A Story line. Last Sunday, was the second week of Christ Community Church's mission fair. The Open Door Mission booth had more than 50+ individuals express interest in volunteering. A special thank you to Barney( board member), Kathleen ( alumni), Charity( Lydia House Director) for helping me staff the booth.

The Open Door Mission will be celebrating Veterans Day with a Red, White and Blue Salute to Veterans. It is going to be a great night on November 9th at 7:30 p.m. For more information contact me directly at cgregory@opendoormission.org Come and join us as we honor homeless vets.