31 March 2009

Thank you to Volunteers for Giving of their Valuable Time

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


· A big thank you to Yvone and her group from Ambassadors Worship Center who volunteered their valuable time today at the Timberlake Outreach Center. Some sorted the donated clothes and prepared them to be stocked and organized. Some organized the donated furniture, and others helped organize those shelves and hangers, and the others helped stock those shelves so the Timberlake Outreach Center will be ready to serve the many low income individuals and families are looking to supplement their income.
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· A great big thank you to Jo and her group from Life Song United who are spending this evening volunteering in the kitchen. They are helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meals to many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

· Can you give 2 hours of your time each month to volunteer your time serving a meal, sorting clothes or food, reading to children or you may have another talent that you would like to put to good use. Please join Open Door Mission on April 5th anytime between 1 and 3pm for the volunteer fair. You can sign up to spend time each month volunteering at Open Door Mission.


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

30 March 2009

Response to the Charitable Deduction Bill

Candace has written the following letter in response to the Charitable deduction bill that President Obama has presented to Congress and the Senate.



Open Door Mission is very worried about a new federal tax provision being considered that will impact financial donations to this mission and other nonprofit organizations. I believe that this proposed policy to reduce the charitable donation deduction will have a negative impact on our daily efforts to help the homeless and poverty stricken in the Heartland.

This is a terrible time to consider anything that could reduce charitable donations. Open Door Mission is currently seeing a 25% overall increase of those who need our services and a 36% increase in providing hot, nutritious meals to the hungry and homeless.

According to Giving USA (the arm of the Better Business Bureau that covers charity) the last time a similar change was enacted, individual charitable giving fell from $127 billion in 1986 to $118 billion in 1987, a 7 % decline. However, among charitable gifts of at least $10,000, the figure was closer to 12 %. A 12 % reduction in individual contributions would dramatically and negatively affect our operations.

According to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, total itemized contributions from the highest income households would have dropped 4.8% -- or $3.87 billion -- in 2006 if the new policy had been in place. That year, Americans gave $186.6 billion to charity, more than 40% from those in the highest tax bracket. The Wall Street Journal cites a Tax Policy Center estimate that the Obama plan will reduce annual giving by 2%, or some $9 billion.

The result is not good. Nonprofits, especially those serving the homeless and poor, will have a reduced ability to help those who desperately need it. And more and more need our help right now.

Please help prevent this unnecessary change at a time when organizations that serve the poor are facing increased need and decreased resources. What we don’t need is federal policy that further aggravates the problem.

Sincerely,



Candace L. Gregory
President / CEO

Volunteers all the way from Sioux Falls

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


· This past weekend we had a lot of volunteers on Open Door Mission’s Campus. We had groups from First Baptist University in Sioux Falls, Bethany Lutheran, and Our Savior Lutheran in Inwood IA, who volunteered their valuable time at the Timberlake Outreach Center. Some sorted the donated clothes and prepared them to be stocked and organized. Some organized the donated furniture, and others helped organize those shelves and hangers, and the others helped stock those shelves so the Timberlake Outreach Center will be ready to serve the many low income individuals and families are looking to supplement their income.

· A great big thank you to Jennifer and her group of Honor Students from Central High who are spending this evening volunteering in the kitchen. They are helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meals to many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

· Can you give 2 hours of your time each month to volunteer your time serving a meal, sorting clothes or food, reading to children or you may have another talent that you would like to put to good use. Please join Open Door Mission on April 5th anytime between 1 and 3pm for the volunteer fair. You can sign up to spend time each month volunteering at Open Door Mission.


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

27 March 2009

Open Door Mission is Blessed...

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


· A big thank you to Jeff and his basketball team all the way from Florida. They are in Omaha for a event and wanted to spend a day volunteering at Open Door Mission. They helped make sack lunches for the Streets of Omaha program and then half of the group went with the staff and other volunteers to deliver the lunches to people living in their cars, under the bridges, down by the river and on the streets. The other half of the team spent the afternoon helping prepare the hot nutritious meal that is being served tonight.

· Keisha is here tonight ministering through a Bible Study to the single women living at the Lydia House. This allows the women a chance to get deeper into God’s Word.


· Can you give 2 hours of your time each month to volunteer your time serving a meal, sorting clothes or food, reading to children or you may have another talent that you would like to put to good use. Please contact Cris today at 422-1111 or check out the website at opendoormission.org.



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

26 March 2009

Organize a Drive for Open Door Mission

Working at Open Door Mission is such a blessing. I have had the opportunity to share about all that goes on here with a variety of people from senior citizens to preschoolers. There is no age barrier to compassion and wanting to make a difference in people’s lives. Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and organizations and churches-but with a common goal-to make life better for those less fortunate. It is pure joy to share with someone about Open Door Mission and then see them volunteering at the mission or attending a special event.

It is heartwarming to have a 5 year old boy very seriously ask me how many cans of food he needs to bring to help provide for the over 1,500 meals we serve daily. It is exciting to have a church in a small town organize a community “Stuff-a-Truck” so all can know the joy of sharing and giving.

If you would like a speaker for your group, or would like to organize a drive or special benefit for Open Door Mission please call me at 829-1554 or email me at mcope@opendoormission.org. I would love to help you make a difference in the lives of others.

24 March 2009

Men's Career Day




Wow!!

Saturday March 14th we had our first career workshop for the men at the Mission and it was a huge success, with 16 of our men participating. Mimi Hannor, one of our special volunteers, started this Workshop for the ladies of the Lydia House in 2006. It has been a very helpful and successful program in the Lydia house over the past few years, so Mimi thought it only made sense to expand it to the guys in our men’s program.

What is the career workshop? This is a program that assists the men and women of the Open Door Mission. As the folks in our recovery programs work towards graduation, gaining or polishing critical skills is very important to their ultimate success. The Career Workshop has been quite helpful in that regard. Some of the highlights Saturday included:

Assistance with updating their resumes

Writing business plans if the client is planning on starting a business

Mock Interviews with real questions that most companies are currently using today.

Providing information from local colleges, trade schools and universities.

Distribution of clothing specific for the Career Closet (each person can obtain an outfit to go to his or her interview)

Personal grooming services provided by volunteers, including shave and haircuts.

Participants are provided with a bag of grooming items for the men and kits with makeup perfume for the ladies.

A big thank you to Mimi for al the hard work she put into doing this for the men.

Open Door Mission is blessed

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


A big thank you to Joe Gasper for volunteering his valuable time in the learning center. This allows the men and women extra time to work on their GED, Typing Skills, or any other educational part of their program. IF you know how to turn on a computer and are willing to give 2 hours of your time please give Cris a call today at 422-1111.

Laurie and her group of 16 volunteers are here tonight volunteering their time in the kitchen and Timberlake Outreach Center. Part of the group is helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meals to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children. While the others are a the Timberlake Outreach Center sorting clothes, organizing and stocking shelves so low income individuals and families can come supplement their income.

Tonight in chapel the men in the Emergency Services area will be blessed by hearing from Mark and his team from Salem Baptist Church.

If you would like to have a life changing volunteer oppourtunity pleae contact cris today at 422-1111 or at cmorris@opendoormission.org

23 March 2009

Daisy girl Troop Supports the Open Door Mission


SO…. We have quite a few donors who support us here at the Open Door Mission, which is awesome! Whether it’s food, clothing, personal care products, cash or check. Sometimes it’s an organized donation from a group or company; sometimes it’s a single private donor.

Well, we had a Girl Scout Daisy Troop come out this weekend with a generous donation of food and personal care items that they had put together, and a gigantic stuffed animal dog to top it off! (we named him Rowdy…)

I gave them a tour of our facility so they could see everything that goes on and what they were so generously being a part of. It was lots of fun.
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If you would like to have a life changing volunteer opportunity please contact Cris today at 422-1111 or at cmorris@opendoormission.org

20 March 2009

Blessing of the Day

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


· A big thank you to Creighton Prep student who are here faithfully each Friday to make 600 sack lunches for the Streets of Omaha Program. After make the sack lunches, they will help volunteers and staff take the sack lunches and give them to the people living in their cars, down by the river, in abounded buildings

· Mike and his group of Heartland Family Services were here today volunteering their time in the kitchen. They helped prepare and serve the hot nutritious meals to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

· Tonight in chapel the men in the Emergency Services area will be blessed by hearing from Pastor Opi and his team from House on the Rock Church

If you would like to have a life changing volunteer opportunity please contact Cris at 422-1111 or at cmorris@opendoormission.org

19 March 2009

Thank you to Special Volunteers

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


· A big thank you to Roxanne and her son who spent their valuable time today volunteering at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They helped with sorting of the clothing, organizing and stocking the shelves so the staff could better serve the low income individuals and families looking to supplement their income.

· Russ and his group of Holy Cross Lutheran Church are here tonight volunteering their time in the kitchen. They are helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meals to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

· Tonight in chapel the men in the Emergency Services area will be blessed by hearing from Lonnie and his team from Living for Eternity Ministry

18 March 2009

We have been blessed

Wednesday March 18, 2009

Hi, this is Candace,

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


· A big thank you to Ryan and his group of 20 youth and spent their valuable time today volunteering at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They helped with sorting of the clothing, organizing and stocking the shelves low income individuals and families can come and supplement their income.

· Teresa and her group of students from Boyer Valley High School are here tonight volunteering their time in the kitchen. They are helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meals to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

· Tonight in chapel the men in the Emergency Services area will be blessed by hearing from Claudio and his team from En Gedi Gospel Ministry

· Please join Open Door Mission and Omaha Beef on Friday March 20th for the home opener and Can Opener. It is a 5 for 5 deal. Bring 5 can of food and get $5 off admission at the door. Let’s get a win for the Omaha Beef and for the Open Door Mission



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

17 March 2009

Rebuilding Lives Campaign


MUD, MUD everywhere and got lots of it to spare. Its simply amazing to see how much construction can happen in a weekend. If you have not been down to the Mission to volunteer or drop off donations, YOU have to make an extra trip. God is so good to have given us a mild winter which has allowed the construction to progress on time. Playing catch up today so short and sweet, Blessings ONYA - Candace

13 March 2009

News From Men's Recovery Program

We have just finished an incredible week here in Men’s Recovery. Just a week ago we had an all time record breaking promotion ceremony where we promoted 13 of our program men in the same day. What a day! An incredible testimony to the great job my staff is doing in going above and beyond their job duties. Not to take anything away from our men who are an awesome group. Four of them went on to join our new WorkNet program and we are expecting great things from them and from that program as well. You know, if I wanted to, I could go on bragging about our program men for a long, long time. (Be thankful that I am resisting the temptation) But it is humbling and exciting to be so privileged as to be such a huge part of someone’s life and see all the God-given potential finally begin to surface and think that you have been an influence on the lives of others.

In just a few minutes we will be accepting a new man into our Journey to Work Program and the process will start over again. Reminds me that that is what life is all about --“Change”. Everything around us is changing for better or for worse and we have to adjust and adapt or suffer the consequences. Someone once asked me, “As a mental health specialist, what would you say is the most important element to staying mentally healthy?” (As if I am going to be trapped into answering that one thing takes preeminence over all others) Nevertheless, being one who cannot resist the urge to bite, I said that while many things play into that equation, one that stands out in my mind is flexibility. One of the keys to life is being able to adapt to everything that is changing around us and still responding in a healthy way. (Aren’t you glad it’s so easy?) (Not that it’s always that hard, just that it’s so constant) But this does seem, not only to keep us healthy, but also to be God’s chosen way of bringing about the most important change of all. That would be the change He promised us. The change into the image of Jesus Christ. In the end, that makes it more than worth it! Hey! Not to change the subject,

(sorry, I just couldn’t resist) but that reminds me of this crazy weather and looking for good things to change there this week. I don’t know about you, but I can wait for that type of change (Providing that the weather man is telling us the truth) Just like we are looking for those excellent changes to continue with our men around here. Trust Him; He will do just that, which is exactly what we are working for. Praise Him!

Stan Latta

12 March 2009

Hope in Future Generation

One of my favorite duties as a Development Officer at Open Door Mission is going on numerous speaking engagements to churches, schools, or other venues in the Heartland. I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago to speak to the entire Senior Class of Skutt Catholic High School, in Omaha. They are studying poverty in their American Government Class, and I was asked to come talk to them about homelessness in the USA, and specifically, Nebraska.

What a privilege it was to educate these students about the homeless and near homeless right here in their own community. An additional benefit was that, since Skutt is a private, Catholic school, I was able to share freely with them about the true secret to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty... the Love of Jesus Christ!


I was very impressed with the response from the students. Many asked really good questions, and expressed interest in becoming involved at Open Door Mission! Readers of this blog can take comfort in the fact that there are many bright young faces at Skutt Catholic High who are authentically concerned for the poor. They are committed to doing something about it in their lives.

If you are a part of any group, school/sunday school class, or service club, and you would like me, or any speaker from Open Door Mission, to come out and speak, please contact Maggie Cope at 402-422-1111.

Darren Timberlake
Community Relations Coordinator

11 March 2009


On Friday March 6th we had a wonderful group of students from Millard Central Middle School come down to the mission to help us make 600 sack lunches for our Streets of Omaha Program. Streets of Omaha is an ODM ministry of support and outreach that provides and delivers sack lunches to folks in our community who might otherwise do without. While talking with the students they informed me that they had to raise enough money to pay for the bus that drove them down to the mission for their service project. Now that’s what I call volunteering!! THANK YOU CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL!!!



Thank You
Cris Morris
Volunteer & Partner Director

Homeless Children Honored for Academic Achievements

After eating a great meal at Old Country Buffett, Jim Gabrielson (South West Kiwanis Club) and his buddy enjoy looking at Photos from a trip that Jim took.
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Another Southwest Kiwanis Club member and his buddy show off to all of us the books that she has picked out to take home to read.



Last Night, more than 17 homeless children were honored for their academic achievements. It was awesome. They had dinner at Old Country Buffet. Then with their Kiwanis Buddy from the Southwest Kiwanis Club purchased 2 new books.This is a great motivator to strive for Excellance in Education to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Visit Open Door Mission's website at www.opendoormission.org and click on Rescue Blog to read the State of Nebraska's Report Card on Homeless Children. More than 4,400 children are living in homelessness just in Nebraska. 1 in 25 do not know where their next meal will come from. I am grateful to those that support the Open Door Mission so that hungry and homeless lives can be changed.

Blessings

Candace

Open Door Mission Recognizes and Responds to the Needs of Homeless Children

Open Door Mission Recognizes and Responds to the Needs of Homeless Children

Omaha, NE, March 10, 2009 - Open Door Mission has long recognized the negative implications that homelessness has on families, and children in particular. With 1.5 million children sleeping without a home in the United States, Nebraska reports more than 4,400 children living in homeless situations.

The Mission is not caught off guard by the report and continues to take positive steps toward breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. As a participating member in the Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless (MACCH), the Mission works collaboratively toward a ten-year plan to end homelessness in the Metro area.

The average homeless person is a nine year child. Open Door Mission has built and maintains strong relationships within the community to provide the best possible care in all aspects relating to children and their needs. These include:
  • Health care partners provide assessments and care on site, and referrals that successfully protect homeless children from much of the serious health concerns that normally affect those living without a home. Mental health providers include counseling programs for children as well as long-term mentorships.

  • Strong educational partnerships emphasize education for homeless children, and include mentors, tutors, computer labs, celebrating positive steps through Celebrate Education, after-school programs emphasizing education and arts, and extra-curricular activities.

  • No child should go to bed hungry, or worry about where the next meal will come from. Open Door Mission provides more than 1,500 hot, nutritious meals and snacks to hungry and homeless men, women, and children every day all year long. This provision includes any child brought to the Mission, whether staying overnight or just visiting for a meal.

  • Summer Day Camp provides more than 250 homeless and near homeless children with safe shelter during the days of summer, at no charge to those children participating. Additional provisions include nutritious meals and snacks, educational opportunities, field trips, safe supervision and one-on-one mentoring.

  • Year round preventive measures are offered to children living on the edge of homelessness, such as school supplies and back packs through Back to School Bash, Thanksgiving food pantries through Drumstick on Wheels, Christmas toys through Operation Santa, clothing, shoes, toys, diapers, and food pantries through the Timberlake Outreach Center.

  • Meeting the need for more emergency-shelter housing with the construction of Lydia House, which will provide 320 women and children with safe shelter in the fall of 2009. Permanent Supportive Housing plans include 41 apartment dwellings and responds to the need for more affordable housing in the Metro. These housing initiatives contribute largely to lowering the number of homeless children in Nebraska, and demonstrate positive efforts toward ending homelessness in the Heartland.


No child should be homeless. But if it happens, Open Door Mission is ready to proactively meet every need.

10 March 2009

Report Card on Homeless Children

The Nebraska Report Card on Homeless has just came out. The Report Card describes many factors related to child homelessness in each state. The Overall Rank represents the following four domains:

Extent of Child Homelessness

Child Well-being

Risk for Child Homelessness

State Policy and Planning Efforts

To learn more about Nebraska, please click on the link below and download the brief summary or long report.

http://www.homelesschildrenamerica.org/state_detail.php?state=NE

Nebraska ranks 34 out of the 50 states.

Living with a Sense of Urgency

Hi, my name is Judy and I would like to tell you a little about my day at the Timberlake Outreach Center. It begins with meeting with co-workers for prayer, and then I begin to return phone calls, answer e-mails, meet with clients who are in crises and who have a variety of immediate needs. Our clients live with a sense of urgency. And as we know many times our urgent needs can take priority over some of the important needs and goals in our lives.

The Majority of our clients are living with a sense of urgency because they are in survival mode most of the time. They are living from paycheck to paycheck, and most are not able to stay current on their monthly bills. Many live with a fear of eviction, foreclosure or their utilities being shut off. There are a variety of reasons why this happens: loss of job, illness, lack of education, low wages, lack of budgeting skills, no emergency fund, domestic violence, not to mention our poor economy.

The Open Door Mission seeks to meet these urgent needs through a variety of ways: like our Kings Kloset, food pantries, furniture, diapers, case management, etc. We also offer programs that help our clients work on the important goals in their lives along with meeting their urgent needs. We do this through offering programs like our 29/11 Program. This program helps people adhere to budgeting goals, debt education, saving an emergency fund, planning for future needs and setting vocational and educational goals for their present and future employment. We have also started a new program called WorkNet which helps people learn how to get a job and keep a job. I spoke with one of the students in that class yesterday and he said, “I am so excited about this class; I’m learning new skills in a fun way and building the confidence to apply for my dream job.” Our Timberlake Learning Center offers Life Skills classes like Budgeting 101, Parenting classes, Computer Skills, ESL and GED classes.

My days are often filled with challenges and opportunities to help those who are living with a sense of urgency. It’s exciting to see how lives are being changed and God is meeting people’s needs through caring people like you. Through your gifts and donations we are able to help the working poor and near homeless with their urgent needs while helping them set and achieve goals that will improve their future. Thank you for partnering with us, we couldn’t do it without you. May God bless you and yours as you have so richly blessed those whom we serve. .

Joyfully serving Jesus,
Judy

Judy Collins
Assistant Director of Community Services
Phone: 829-1540

09 March 2009

Greetings from the HR Office

Hi! I’m Amy Buss, the HR Director at Open Door Mission.

Last week was amazing. The Mission has been blessed with four new Case Managers. I get the honor and pleasure of overseeing their orientation process throughout their first full week. They spent time becoming familiar with each department’s function, and meeting existing staff members. Providing them with not just a bird’s-eye view, but almost hands-on opportunities to work with and ask questions of staff broadens the foundation of understanding. In the long run, new staff members embrace and appreciate the goals and objectives of the Mission, as well as day-to-day functionalities.

It’s exciting to me to see how God calls people to Open Door Mission. I enjoy learning their stories and getting to know each person. Working here is so much more than a job, a place of employment, a paycheck. It’s an opportunity to serve God and watch Him work in mighty ways.

Perhaps you feel a tug to get involved at Open Door Mission. You don’t have to be an employee! You can start as a volunteer. Visit our volunteer page today and learn about volunteer opportunities. I look forward to seeing you around here soon!

Amy Buss
Human Resources Director

06 March 2009

Veterans have a place to stay


These are some of the veterns that stay at Open Door Mission

One of the greatest blessings I have been able to see happen in these past several months is the start of our new Veterans Housing First Program. Sixteen honorably discharged United States military veterans are finding shelter beneath our roof in a wing just for them. Most veterans come home to waiting family, friends and in most cases jobs. Sadly though, some come home to a changed world because the person they were when they left to answer the call of their countries leaders, no longer exists. In stead of the shine on the face of a youthful man or woman, now many times we see the stare and bewilderment that war brings. PTSD is more prevalent among our returning troops now more than ever before. Many suffer with the effects. Here in our Vets program our Nation’s warriors are able to find a modicum of peace and dignity. Along with case work and wonderful partners from the Veterans Administration, we offer services to keep them warm, fed, clothed and encouraged to make it back into main stream society. As a vet myself, I know what it is like to be involved in a war that is unpopular and on-going. Tonight when you thank God for the country in which you live, say a prayer for 16 of our Nation’s finest who are sleeping safely with us at Open Door Mission—and in your prayers, offer them a hearty “Welcome Home Trooper! Job Well Done!”

Tom Meradith
Director of Garland Thompson Men's Center

Greetings from Karen Applegate

I have had a very exciting week at Open Door Mission. Last Saturday I had the opportunity to help out at the Max I Walker Ultra Chic Prom Boutique. This was the second year for this event and it is one that I really enjoy. Not only is it a great benefit to Lydia House, it helps many ladies from the community “dress up” with items that may not be affordable for them otherwise.

Sunday my husband, Dan and I went to Brookside Church and picked up over 10,000 pounds of food for Open Door Mission. I am not much of a cook so I am not really sure how many meals that will serve, but I do know that it will be an abundance and hugely help our Hospitality Department continue to serve over 1,500 meals a day.

Wednesday I had the privilege of attending a luncheon to honor our first graduates of the Worknet program. I met Shirley. She was a graduate of the New Life Recovery Program from a few years ago. Shirley has been self sufficient and living in her own home since graduation. She recently had some events in her life and she just needed a little guidance. Shirley was so grateful that this program began at this time in her life.

These events are all so encouraging to me. I definitely have the best of both worlds. I get to see the generosity of our community daily and I see lives changed for eternity.

God is good all the time

A letter from a Donor

To Whom It May Concern,

My name is Lisa, I live in Illesheim Germany. I was born and raised in OMaha, so I am awar of the Open Door Mission and how they help people in need. That is why I would lke to donate these clothes. It is mostly women's and baby boy clothing. I didn't just want to just throw them away because I am aware that there are people whom would be gratefule to recieve them. I hopoe that you can put them to good use. I will be visiting my family in April, so I am planning on stopping by the Open Door Mission to amke sure that you have received these items. I hope that you have a wonderful day, and I will see you soon!

Sincerely,

Lisa

A Blessing from the Open Door Mission

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


• A Big thank you to the group of Millard Central Middle School that spent their morning volunteering at the Open Door Mission. They helped make 600 sack lunches so other volunteers and staff could take those lunches and deliver them to the many men, women, and children that are living on the streets of Omaha and Council Bluffs

• Jessica and her group from Nebraska Community College are here tonight volunteering their time in the kitchen and pantry. Part of the group will organize and stock the pantry while the other part of the group will help prep and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

• Bart and his team from Overland Hills Church are here tonight ministering in Chapel to the man hurting men that live 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.



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

05 March 2009

Book Donation from NIFA

Ted Simpson, Robin Ambroz-Hollman from NIFA
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Candace Gregory President / CEO Open Door Mission
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These four wondeful books were given to the Open Door Mission. 2 for the adult Learning Center and 2 for the Children's Learning Center. They were given to Open Door Mission by NIFA as a thank you to Candace for coming to speak to their group.

04 March 2009

Thank you Brookside

Dan Applegate (Director of Community Services at Open Door Mission)
Pastor John Alford (Executive Pastor of Ministries and oversees Communications, Global & Community Impact)

Food, Food, Food.....

Open Door Missions would like to thank Pastor John Alford and the members of Brookside Church who went out on Sunday and collected over 10,000 pounds of food for the Open Door Mission. That's right 10,000 pounds in one day. That is such a blessing to the Open Door Mission. This donation will help Open Door Mission to continue to provide hot nutritious meals to many hungry and homeless men, women, and children in the Heartland.

The Blessing of the Day from Candace

Hi, this is Candace,

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


· A Big thank you to Mitz for coming and sharing her talents with the Lydia House. She was here today cutting the ladies hair. What a blessing to the women living in the Lydia House.

· Freddie and his group from Living Hope Community Church are here tonight volunteering their time in the kitchen and pantry. Part of the group will organize and stock the pantry while the other part of the group will help prep and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

· Pastor Hall and his team from Cathdral of Love Church is here tonight ministering in chapel to the many hurting men living in the Men’s Emergency Services area. At the same time Terry is here from Omaha Bible Church leading a Bible Study for the Single Men that are looking for a deeper relationship with God.

· 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?

Promotion Day at Open Door Mission

New Life Recovery & Journey to Work Program Men

New Life Recovery & Journey to Work Program Women and Families




I am so excited that I get to blog for the Open Door Mission today. Every First Wednesday of the Month is our level promotion celebration for the New Life Recovery and Journey To Work Programs. These are our two long term programs for guests who have life altering addictions and those needing help to become self sufficient and independent in our community. It was such a blessing and encouragement to staff and the guests who attended. We started out by singing “I’ll Fly Away” and finished with “Amazing Grace”., what an amazing time of fellowship and fun. Today 13 men and 5 women reached new levels in their program that gets them one step further to reaching graduation. This is also a time for us to celebrate each guest being clean, sober and nicotine free, we had 8 guests receive recovery 12 step chips today for their monthly accomplishments. Blessings, fellowship, old time hymns – now that is a way to start off any new day!

Blessing,

Charity Watts

Lydia House Director

Read Across America Comes to Open Door Mission

Metropolitan Community College Educational Association provided funds to pay for many colorful, educational, well-written brand new books for children, which were delivered on Wednesday to Open Door Mission.

Thank you ladies, for taking the time to shop and deliver! Because of the educational endeavors of MCC, homeless children will have opportunities to increase their education.

03 March 2009

Greetings from the Timberlake Outreach Center

Hi folks. Thanks for reading. My name is Dan Applegate and I am Director of Community Services at the Open Door Mission. Sounds pretty important doesn’t it? Well it is. I take my job at the Mission very seriously. Everyone at the Open Door Mission has a role, a skill and a gift. God has assembled a very talented group of individuals at the Mission all who have a servant’s heart. It’s very encouraging for me to see so many people use their God given gift’s to serve mankind. You may say “I could never do what those people at the Mission do”. Believe me you can. Let me give you an example. Over the weekend our friends at Brookside Church were commissioned to leave the church service and go out into the world and collect needed food items for the Open Door Mission. They accepted the challenge with much energy and enthusiasm. The result was the Mission received over 10,000 lbs. of donated food to help feed the homeless and restock our pantry shelves. Praise God! You may think that was not a big deal to go out to the store and buy a bag full of food, but it was. The people of Brookside came together as one and accomplished a huge goal. They collectively put their gifts together and changed the lives of a lot of people. So the next time you do something that you think has little or no impact on the world remind yourself of this phrase “10,000 lbs”.