19 February 2009

DTN helps the Lydia House



In the picture above stands Candace Gregory President/CEO of Open Door Mission & Lydia House, Mr. Robert Gordon President/CEO of DTN and Elizabeth Muenster from DTN. Mr. Robert Gordon and the DTN employees presented Candace with a $45,000 check from money the employees have collected over the past year through varies events they have had. This was the biggest check they have presented to the Open Door Mission & Lydia House. Additionally many of the employees volunteer their time throughout the year at various events.

Open Door Mission and Lydia would like to thank the employees from DTN for the hard work they have done and the generosity they have shown to the hungry and homeless men, women, and children in the community.

Open Door Mission is blessed

Thursday February 19, 2009

Hi, this is Candace,

Today, Inside the Open Door Mission we have been blessed….


· A Big thank you to Sara and her SOS team that are here tonight volunteering in the Timberlake Outreach Center. They will help sort, organize, and stock the shelves so low income individuals and families and come supplement their income through Open Door Mission’s King’s Kloset Program.

· Kathy Fant is here tonight ministering to our children in Bright Space. She comes faithfully every other week to play with our children, read them stories and she even brings a craft for each of them to do. The children love their time with Kathy

· Russ and his team from Holy Cross Lutheran Church are here tonight volunteering in the kitchen. They will help prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

· Lonnie and his team from Living for Eternity are here tonight ministering in chapel to the many hurting men in the 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

18 February 2009

Thank you to volunteers

Wednesday February 18, 2009

Hi, this is Candace,

Today, Inside the Open Door Mission we have been blessed….


• A Big thank you to Mary from the Omaha Public Library for coming to volunteer her time with the children living at Lydia House. She came to have a reading time and brought a craft for each of the children to do.

• Ashley spent part of her day volunteering at the Timberlake Center. She helped sort, organize, and sort the shelves in order for the staff to better serve the low income individuals and families that come to supplement their income.

Please join Open Door Mission and Max I Walker for the 2nd Annual Ultra Chic Prom Boutique, happening on Saturday, February 28th at the Holiday Inn Central, from 10AM to 4 PM. You can view more than 800 dresses in all colors, styles and sizes, try them on, and purchase one or two for a fraction of the original cost, just $20.00 per dress. And all the proceeds will benefit the Open Door Mission’s Lydia House. Visit www.opendoormission.org for more information

17 February 2009

Open Door Mission's Blessing

Hi, this is Candace,

Today, Inside the Open Door Mission we have been blessed….


· A Big thank you to Mitz who spent part of her day volunteering in a very special way at Open Door Mission. She came and offered free haircuts to the men, women, and children living at Open Door Mission This shows you that you can use any of your talents volunteering here at Open Door Mission

· Rita and Pat spent part of their day volunteering at the Timberlake Center. ON the 3rd Tuesday of the Month we have senior Citizen’s Day and these ladies volunteer their valuable time helping the staff assist the many that come to supplement their income.

· Jesse and his group from Omaha Family Church are here tonight volunteering in the kitchen. They will help prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

· Dan and his team from Nebraska Christian College are here tonight ministering in chapel to the many hurting men in the 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.

16 February 2009

Baby Shower to benefit the Lydia House

Baby shower at Open Door Mission aids women in need BY CHIP OLSEN WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
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Farrah Abraham is 17, pregnant and due in two weeks, but Sunday the teenager focused on others in need. Abraham and her mother, Debra Danielsen, organized the Hearts of Hope Baby Shower at the Open Door Mission. Partygoers brought clothing, formula, bottles, pacifiers and other baby items for homeless families living at the Open Door Mission's Lydia House in east Omaha.
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This level of charity impressed Candace Gregory, president and chief executive officer of the Open Door Mission. Too often, Gregory said, teenagers are labeled as selfish and inward thinking. "I'm very grateful for her generosity," Gregory said.
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Abraham said she decided to lend a hand because many young women don't live in stable situations. Her own pregnancy was unplanned, but she's counting on the support of her family as well as her own hard work. Abraham finished school a semester early in December at Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs. For the past year, she's also been enrolled in the culinary program at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha. She also works at an Applebee's restaurant as a hostess.
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"You can have a baby. You can go to school," said Abraham. "You can have a job. You can work hard, and you can achieve things." At the end of May, she will turn 18 and hopes to begin working in the kitchen at her job. Her dream is to open her own restaurant.

MTV was also at the shelter Sunday, filming Abraham as part of an as-yet-unnamed television show about teen pregnancy. Like any baby shower, those in attendance Sunday enjoyed cake, cookies and punch. Visitors also toured the Mission and learned more about the new Lydia House currently under construction.

Gregory said that the new shelter, scheduled to open in December, would help many more families and single mothers in the area struggling with poverty and homelessness. The current Lydia House, at 3030 N. 21st St. East, has the capacity for 24 single- and two-parent families and 26 single women. The new Lydia House will be in a two-story building north of the existing Open Door main shelter at 2706 N. 21st St. East. It will have space for 46 families and 72 single women.
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The new shelter also will feature tutoring labs for students, a learning center for adults and child care areas to allow mothers to go to school or work. Danielsen, Abraham's mother, wants other young pregnant woman to remember they are not alone. "You don't have to feel like it's hopeless or you have to give up," Danielsen said. "There are people who care in the community." ,
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Contact the writer: 444-3198, chip.olsen@owh.com
Copyright 2009 Omaha World-Herald. All rights reserved.
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09 February 2009

Open Door Mission in Strictly Business Magazine

Candace Gregory - Open Door Mission

Candace Gregory was introduced to homelessness and poverty through a tour and visit of Open Door Mission. It quickly became her passion to serve the hungry and homeless and make a difference in the community, which led to her position of President/CEO of the Open Door Mission. Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954. Each day, Open Door Mission provides 320 men, women, and children with safe shelter beds, serves more than 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, 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.

Tell me a little about your family. - My husband Steve, and I have been married for 12 years. He is my biggest supporter. We have been blessed with four beautiful and unique children: Steven (11), Samuel (9), Chloe (7), and Daniel (3).

What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life? - Moving from a small rural community set in Atlantic Canada to the heart of the Midwest.

What is your favorite thing to do on a day off? - Read and/or have family time.

What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know? - I can sail a boat.

What are you the most proud of? - Being a wife, mother and community leader.

Who has been the most important person in your self-development? - My mother and father.

What is the one goal you would most like to accomplish? - Raise 3 more million to complete the Open Door Mission’s Rebuilding Lives Campaign with a new Lydia House, a renovated Men’s Center, and new Permanent Supportive Housing Campus.

If you could have a super power, what would it be? - To fly through the air with the greatest of ease.

What are your plans for retirement? - Retire, what’s that?

What is your greatest talent that you don’t utilize in your daily work life? - Playing the piano

Which talent would you most like to have? - To be able to ballroom dance.

What is your favorite book or the last good book you read? -
Favorite Book - The Bible
Last Good Book – Winning with People by John C. Maxwell

What is your favorite movie? - Pretty Woman

What is your favorite TV show? - The Biggest Loser

What is your favorite local restaurant? - Hu Hot

If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be? - Mother Teresa

If our readers would like to contact you, how should they do so? - 402-829-1502 or cgregory@opendoormission.org

Open Door Mission's Blessing for today

Monday February 9, 2009

Hi, this is Candace,

Today, Inside the Open Door Mission we have been blessed….

· A Big thank you to the group of students that came all the way from Rock Valley, IA to spend their Saturday Moring volunteering at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They helped sort, organize, and stock the shelves with clothes and other household items to be given away too many homeless and near homeless individuals and families through Open Door Mission’s King’s Kloset program.

· Pat and her team from King of King’s Church spent their Saturday Morning volunteering in the pantry and kitchen. Part of the group helped organize the pantry while others helped prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

· A big thank you to Pastor Keith and Lauren from Beautiful Savoir Lutheran Church for having Cris and I there on Sunday for a meet and greet. Beautiful Savoir Lutheran is sending 10 Fishes and Loaves teams and 10 SOS teams to the Open Door Mission each month. Thank you.

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

Well, this has been Open Door Mission’s blessing today, what’s yours?

06 February 2009

Thank you to volunteers

Friday February 6, 2009

Hi, this is Candace,

Today, Inside the Open Door Mission we have been blessed….

· A Big thank you to the group of students from Millard Central Middle School spent their morning volunteering at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They helped sort, organize, and stock the shelves to help the staff better serve the individuals that are coming to supplement their income.

· Claudio is here ministering through God’s Word to the individuals that are coming to King’s Kloset to supplement their income.

· Mike and his group of students from Benson High are here tonight volunteering in the pantry and kitchen. They are helping prepare and serve a hot nutritious meal to many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

· Bart and his team from Overland Hills Church are here tonight ministering in chapel to the many hurting men that live at the 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.

Well, this has been Open Door Mission’s blessing today, what’s yours?

05 February 2009

Blessing for today.

Thursday February 5, 2009

Hi, this is Candace,

Today, Inside the Open Door Mission we have been blessed….

· A Big thank you to the group from Pacific Springs that spend part of their day volunteering at the Open Door Mission. Some of the group helped at the Timberlake Outreach Center sorting, organizing, and stocking the shelves while others worked at the Administration Building stuffing envelopes.

· Robbie and his Fishes and Loaves Team are here tonight volunteering in the pantry and kitchen. They are helping prepare and serve a hot nutritious meal to many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

· Pat and his team from Calvary Christian Church are here tonight ministering in chapel to the many hurting men that live at the Men’s Emergency Services area. At the same time a group of ladies from Calvary Christian Church were ministering to the ladies living at the Lydia House through a Bible Study.

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

Well, this has been Open Door Mission’s blessing today, what’s yours?

Royal Neighbors Live up to their Name!

Linda Gunderson, Development Manager at Open Door Mission, gratefully received a check on behalf of the Mission from Patsy and Donita who represented the Royal Neighbors of America, last week.
Patsy and Donita braved the sub-freezing temps to shop for new toiletries to donate to Lydia House in addition to dropping off the check.
These two gals are living, breathing demonstrations of true Royal Neighbors, and Open Door Mission is thankful!

03 February 2009

Hearts of Hope President's Luncheon

Open Door Mission's Hearts of Hope President's Luncheon was a heart-warming event today, complete with oven-fried chicken and homemade mashed potatoes. Friends, volunteers, business execs, office workers, stay at home moms, and college students listened as Candace described plans for the Mission's NEW Lydia House, scheduled to open in the fall of this year.

After lunch, tours were offered, and Friends of the Friendless, Open Door Mission's Auxiliary Volunteer Group, rolled into work mode as they gathered for their monthly organized group project.

If you are interested in learning more about Open Door Mission, it's plans, programs and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.opendoormission.org today!