27 October 2008
21 October 2008
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
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.
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...“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....
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20 October 2008
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
To this week’s Hello Tomorrow Fund Winner
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
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
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.
08 October 2008
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
· 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about Marshall.