27 October 2008

Treat Streat

Treat street was a huge success this year, we gave away thousands of American flag bags compliments of Oriental Trading Company full of good things.

There was a sea of "Jesus Loves You" balloon's engulfing the entire MAC

it was beautiful, if you missed it, you should have been there!

21 October 2008

Open Door Mission's Blessing of the Day

Open Door Mission is blessed to have so many faithful volunteers that come and serve at Open Door Mission and we just want to say thank you.

A great big thank you to Westside Fishes and Loaves team. They are here helping the pantry and kitchen. They helped prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to many hungry and homeless men, women, and children in the community.

Joe is here tonight volunteering in the learning center. He is helping the men and women on the New Life recovery with their homework at they work towards their GED.

If you would like to know how you can have a volunteer opportunity please visit http://www.opendoormission.org/ or give Cris a call at 829-1504

Mission Breaks Ground On New Lydia House

Original article posted
Posted: 5:10 PM Oct 16, 2008
Last Updated: 5:10 PM Oct 16, 2008
Reporter: Jeff Sabin
Email Address: sixonline.com

The Open Door Mission broke ground Thursday morning on its new

Lydia House for women and children. The new building will be just north of the current men’s facility near Eppley Airfield.

The need for emergency shelters in Omaha continues to grow. Every night the Lydia House turns away 140 families and 90 single women simply because there isn't enough room. The new Lydia House will have room for 300 people.

Open Door Mission president Candace Gregory says this is just the first phase of the multi-million dollar project. "We each night sleep between 150-180 men on the floor on mats,” Gregory says. “We want to give them respect and dignity. So, we're actually going to renovate our men's center and bring those men up off the floor and into a bed."

The Mission still needs to raise another $3 million to complete the project.

To see the original article and associated video click here

Homeless Children Need Extra Care

Living In Shelter Provides Challenges For Children. originally by Julie Cornell, KETV

...“I was a teacher for 27 years in the Omaha Public Schools,” said tutor Elouise Froese. She jokes that her last name, pronounced “Fray-zee” rhymes with lazy. But her commitment to homeless children couldn’t be more energetic and devoted.

Froese stepped out of retirement eight years ago when the mission opened the tutoring lab to give children like Ford support and encouragement in a difficult environment....

Click here to get the full story and watch the video.

http://www.ketv.com/juliesdiary/17728648/detail.html?taf=oma


20 October 2008

Open Door Mission kicks off Hope for the Hungry Food Drive

Open Door Mission will provide more than 63,000 hot nutritious meals to many hungry and homeless men, women, and children in the Heartland this Holiday Season. Please join Open Door Mission this whole week for our Hope for the Hungry Food Drive. Drop off your food items at your local 1st National Bank or call Maggie at 422-1111 to start your own food drive today.

A great big thank you to the Northwestern College students that came all the way from Orange City, IA on Saturday to help at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They helped sort clothes, organize and stock the shelves to get the Timberlake Outreach Center ready for Monday morning so the staff can be ready so the staff can help the 250 working poor families and individuals that look to Open Door Mission to help supplement their income.

Tom and his group from Southwest Church of the Nazarene are here tonight to minister in chapel to the many hurting single men in the Men’s Emergency Services area.

13 October 2008

Volunteer wins award to help support Open Door Mission

Congratulations!
To this week’s Hello Tomorrow Fund Winner

Mimi Hannor
Omaha, Nebraska

Tran “Mimi” Hannor, 40, has been selected to win the weekly $5,000 Avon Hello Tomorrow Fund award for October 14, 2008. Mimi will use her winnings to support the tri-annual Career Workshop that she helped create for residents of the Lydia House, a program through the Open Door Mission for displaced women who are trying to escape lives of domestic violence, addiction, prostitution, or homelessness. The award will help to pay for CD’s for the resumes, supplies such as ink, paper, pens, and folders, leather portfolios for each resident to hold their resumes, clothing for the Career Boutique in varying sizes, as well as a laptop and printer specifically for the program.

Mimi works full-time as a product sales specialist but her most meaningful work is through Open Door Mission where she has been an active volunteer since moving from California in 2006. She has instilled the same sense of community work in her two young sons, who she brings to the Open Door Mission once a month to serve meals to the homeless men and women in the area.

When Mimi launched the Career Workshop for the residents of Lydia House last April, they had seven volunteers. Now, a little more than a year later, the program has grown with an outpouring of community support. Lydia House just completed their third workshop with 20 volunteers and a dozen local stores in the area who donated products, including Evette Nicksich, the local Avon Representative who suggested that Mimi apply for the Hello Tomorrow Fund award.

Thanks to her Avon Hello Tomorrow Fund award, Mimi will be able to continue to help women build a new life for themselves by arming them with the important skills they need to obtain a job, and a new outlook on life. Congratulations, Mimi!

10 October 2008

What A Blessing Volunteers are to Open Door Mission

A great big thank you to Wil and his Group from Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity who come faithfully every Friday evening to work in the pantry and kitchen. They help prepare and serve the dinner meal to many hungry and homeless men, women, and children in our community. Open Door Mission is serving 46% more hungry and homeless than ever before. We need your support to provide Hope for the Hungry.

Randy and His team from Westside Church are here tonight ministering in Chapel to the many hurting men that live in Open Door Mission’s Men’s Emergency Services area

Please visit Open Door Mission’s website at opendoormission.org to see how you can have a life changing volunteer opportunity today.

09 October 2008

Article from the Omaha World Herald

LINCOLN - Duffel bags filled with essential cold-weather survival items will be available this winter to homeless families across Nebraska, officials announced Tuesday.The Lincoln-based Center for People in Need is putting together 2,000 kits, which will be distributed to agencies in Omaha and Lincoln and around the state.Beatty Brasch, the center's director, said the kits are intended as a last resort for families who have run out of options. She said she hopes the kits won't be needed, but they will be ready just in case."A crisis is looming," she said. "Times are hard. Cold weather is coming. We need to be prepared to provide the bare minimum that will help them survive until they can find adequate shelter."The red-and-black duffel bags contain items such as tents, sleeping bags, sweatshirts, personal care items, emergency rations and cuddly stuffed dogs. The center obtained items from companies across the nation that have donated to charity.Brasch said the needs are growing, along with the nation's economic problems."Here at the Center for Peo-ple in Need, we are getting frantic calls every day from families who can't pay their rent or pay their utility bills or get gas to go get a job," she said. "They have tried everywhere. They have no place to turn."Omaha agency officials have seen similar increases in needs this year.The 211 phone line run by United Way of the Midlands received 36,877 calls during the first nine months of this year, compared with 29,664 calls during the same period in 2007, said Vice President Jamie Moore.She said paying rent and utilities is the main concern of most callers.Candace Gregory, chief executive officer of the Open Door Mission and Lydia House in Omaha, said she has seen a 46 percent increase in services in the current quarter. The mission served an all-time high of 1,933 meals one day last week."We've seen people we've never seen before, and that tells me something," Gregory said. "I've never felt more stretched."While more working-poor families are seeking assistance, contributions from economically stressed middle-class families are flat, creating a squeeze, she said.Shelters for men and for women and children are full, with 180 men sleeping on mats at night, she said. About 140 families are turned away each month, Gregory added.Susan Eustice, a spokeswoman for the Salvation Army in Omaha, said her organization is also looking at an increase in "first-time" people who will need help.Demand at the Salvation Army's food pantry is already up 30 percent from a year ago."We're needing donations, but donors are also having a hard time with the economy," Eustice said.

Volunteers are a blessing.. Thank you

Thank you to Molly and Lewis that spent the day volunteering at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They spent their time sorting clothes, stocking and organizing the shelves to help the staff better serve the many work poor families and individuals that are coming to King’s Kloset.

A great big thank you to Amy and her Fishes & Loaves Team from Salem United Methodist Church who are here tonight working in the pantry and kitchen. They helped prepare and serve the dinner meal to many hungry and homeless men, women, and children in our community. Open Door Mission is serving 46% more hungry and homeless than ever before. We need your support to provide Hope for the Hungry.

Praise The Lord!!!

I would like to share something very special with you. Yesterday during our weekly Bible club, one of our girls Larriana, age 8, made a decision for Christ. During our 1 on 1 today, she praised God for Christ being her Savior. I thank the Lord for the opportunity of sharing Christ with the children and youth at the mission. So far, all of the girls have made decisions for Christ and they are growing in their faith. 

Janice Loud

08 October 2008

We are Blessed

Thank you to Skutt High students that spent the day volunteering at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They spent their time sorting clothes, stocking and organizing the shelves to help the staff better serve the many work poor families and individuals that are coming to King’s Kloset.

A great big thank you to Vince and his group from Prudential who are here tonight working in the pantry and kitchen. They helped prepare and serve the dinner meal to many hungry and homeless men, women, and children in our community. Open Door Mission is serving 46% more hungry and homeless than ever before. We need your support to provide Hope for the Hungry.

06 October 2008

We have been blessed...

· The trees are gone and the ground is getting ready for us to dig a hole. Please join us on October 16th at 11 Am as Open Door Mission breaks ground on a brand new Lydia House Building.

· Thank you to Young people that came all the way from Hope E Free Church in Dubuque, IA that spent Saturday morning at the Timberlake Outreach Center sorting clothes, organizing and stocking shelves to get the Timberlake Outreach ready for Monday morning.

· A great big thank you to Mark, Trevor, and Terril who are here tonight working in the pantry and kitchen. They helped prepare and serve the dinner meal to many hungry and homeless men, women, and children in our community. Open Door Mission is serving 46% more hungry and homeless than ever before. We need your support to provide Hope for the Hungry.

· Lloyd and his group from Good Shepherd Baptist Church are here tonight to minister in chapel to the many hurting men in the Men’s Emergency Services area.

03 October 2008

Open Door Mission Grieves a Loss

May 1954 - October 2008

Friday, October 3, 2008
Today Open Door Mission staff and clients are feeling a tremendous loss. 54 year old Mission resident Marshall Nelson passed away earlier today.

Candace said, "Marshall had been a part of the Mission family since 1994. Unable to live independently and without any known family, Marshall was a regular fixture at our facility. He helped us with many tasks, and was loved by so many. He volunteered four days a week in the Mission's Development Department where he received and offered love and encouragement."

Police were called when staff were notified that Marshall was having a medical emergency. Although Police reports have indicated that Marshall was "combative", those who knew him believe this was caused by a medical condition, possibly a severe diabetic reaction.

"The Marshall we knew was gentle-spirited man,"she added. "We are going to miss him."

Services for Marshall are pending. Open Door Mission staff and clients will be listed among his next of kin.

You may contact Candace Gregory at (402) 968-5892 or cgregory@opendoormission.org for more information about Marshall.