30 April 2009

Lo Sole Mio Ristorante Italiano Blesses Open Door Mission


Open Door Mission received a check in the amount of $4,700 from Lo Sole Mio Ristorante Italiano's successful SHOPPING BOUTIQUE EXTRAVAGANZA which was held last Wednesday, April 22nd.

Owner Marie Lo Sole and the restaurant's Marketing and Event Planner Cathy Saligheh put in long hours to create a fund raiser for the Lydia House programs and services. The Shopping Boutique Extravaganza enjoyed vendors such as Diva Girl, Black Bottom Biscotti, Beijo Bags, The Glassy Chicks, Home Interiors, Pampered Chef, Silpada Jewelry and many more.

Guests paid $20 to shop while enjoying complimentary hors d'oeuvres provided by Lo Sole Mio. Guests also enjoyed door prizes, raffles and live entertainment. More than 200 shoppers helped to provide this substantial donation to Open Door Mission's Lydia House.

Candace Gregory, President/CEO of the Mission was unable to attend because of a prior committment. "I've heard wonderful things about this first-time event by Lo Sole Mio, and can only hope that Marie and Cathy would consider making it an annual happening. Open Door Mission's Lydia House is breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty thanks to community efforts such as this."

Night Shift Highlight

Working the midnight to 8:30a.m. shift doing data entry is a job I like. Computers have been a part of my work history for two decades. The work itself can be the same from night to night, but there are highlights, when someone comes in or calls the office seeking christian counsel and direction.

Lindsay is just such a person. She's been calling the Mission for the past six months or so, seeking prayer and counsel for her, her child and child's father. She's the first in her family to come to Christ and it's been a very great struggle in her type of living arrangement. Sometimes I will handle her call and other times I will tranfer her to the Lydia House staff, either way she is always so grateful for our time. This last week in April '09 Lindsay called thankful to the Lord and happy to say that her child's father is now beginning to seek after the Christian way!

Blessed be the Name of the LORD!


Jerome Scott Jr.

28 April 2009

Behind the Scenes at Timberlake Outreach Center:

Where I attend church, the Pastor is taking us through the Book of Genesis. As we go deeper into the Word with each successive Sunday sermon, I am reminded of two things in particular: life is not always chronologically ordered, and, we are certain to come in contact with seemingly obscure people who have something very important we should learn from them.

Like during one recent Sunday’s message when my attention drifted as I reflected on Tamar in Genesis 38. She is implicated in only 25 verses in the Bible, four times by name. It got me thinking, what if we were mentioned in say, six verses? What would someone say about us that would survive for over 3000 years?

I have only worked at Open Door Mission’s Timberlake Outreach Center for a year and a-bit over a-half, so I don’t know an abundance of history here, but a current Chapter might begin something like this:

“ 1) The Lord sent many of willing in heart to serve at the Timberlake Outreach Center. 2) Particularly faithful in service were Ruth and Rich, volunteers for years and years, unpacking, sorting and organizing gaylords of knickknacks, kitchenware, toys and books; 3) And Andrew, Oscar and Jim, volunteers who faithfully kept lifting and moving furnishings in, out and all about; 4) Beloved Walter, keeper, sorter, organizer and distributor of the upstairs for the New Life, 29:11 and Emergency needs participants of Open Door Mission; 5) Pastor Laura and “Big Lou”, interpreters, advocates and speakers on behalf of our Spanish speaking brothers and sisters; and 6) Catherine, blessed with the amazing ability to take that which is sullied and make it shine.”

One chapter of history, in six verses, of nine volunteers who teach us that in a world of anonymity, we notice their light of willingness, dedication, commitment, and unfailing support of Timberlake Outreach Center.

If chronology is not a determining factor (for “…if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature….” 2 Cor. 5:17), then this is the challenge for all of us: If you were to be mentioned in six verses, what would you want the Bible to say about you?

Sincerely,

Kelli Young, Community Case manager,
Timberlake Outreach Center

Greetings from Tony Miller

New life in Gods hands, I’m so blessed to be here at the Open Door Mission, You see because I’m the Property Manager. And in my travel’s I notice a lot of, Client’s and Community, on our campus, we serve a Mighty GOD, who gives us the ministry and power to serve all who comes thought our doors daily I’m blessed not only to 55 today [ happy birthday to me ] but to notice all the little blessing in my life. We have a new client in the new life program today, a you man in his early 30s ,, Last thur as I was washing dishes [ yes dishes ] in the kitchen , when I over heard his auntie tell him Its all about Jesus, he was crying she was Preaching to him…..

Every other Sunday im blessed to take the men to church, and lord behold there he was smiling,
And going to church with me, I was also once lost, 12 years ago I received Jesus, So lets all pray today that all who seek, Shall find him in there HEARTS……..

Tony Miller

27 April 2009

Homemade Pizza


Claude, Hospitality Director, is seen here rolling out homemade pizza dough.

Youth Group from Central Baptist Church from Sioux City, Iowa



On Saturday we had a great group of High School Students from Central Baptist Church all the way from Sioux City, Iowa who spent their entire day with us. They arrived around 8:30 am and did not leave to go back home until 7:00 pm. As you can see in the above pictures they spent a good part of their day helping Claude and Scott Morris make homemade pizza. It was all made from scratch; from the dough to the pizza sauce. They made cheese, hamburger, pepperoni, and supreme pizzas.

As the group got to serve the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children that night for dinner, the got to see the joy on guests faces as they came through the line to get their pizza. Better then if they had gone to a restaurant.

Thank you to Claude, Scott, and the group that spent their valuable time coming and volunteering at Open Door Mission. If you would like to have a life changing volunteer opportunity please contact Cris today at 422-1111 or at cmorris@opendoormission.org

Open Door Mission is thankful for Volunteers

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

I big thank you to all the venders and shoppers that came put to Open Door Mission’s Boutique oh Hope this past weekend. We had over 30 venders and lots of people that came to see all the exciting things that are happing at Open Door Mission.

Jennifer and her group of High School students from Blackburn School spent are of their day helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

A great big thank you Duane who is here tonight teaching a Microsoft excel class to men and women so they will have better computer skills that can put to use when looking for a job.

It is not too late to join Open Door Mission for the 6th Annual Auction & Dinner at the DC Center. Doors open and the Silent Auction begins at 5 PM. You’ll have the opportunity to bid on entertainment packages, goods and services, getaways, special collections, sports packages, and gorgeous gift baskets. Contact Maggie today at 422-1111 to get your free tickets.


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

24 April 2009

Open Door Mission is thankful for Volunteers

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

A big thank you to Ashley for volunteering her valuable time this afternoon at the Timberlake Outreach Center. She helped sort clothes, organize and stock the shelves so low income individuals and families can come supplement their income.

Luke and his group of Middle School students from Holy Name are here tonight helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

Tonight the men in the Men’s Emergency Services area will be blessed by the Ministry of Angela and her team from Grace University

Join Open Door Mission for the Boutique of Hope tomorrow from 1 to 5PM at Open Door Mission’s Main Building. More than 30 venders will be displaying their items; make up, jewelry, house hold items, toys, books, and so much more. There will be lots of great spring gifts.

If you would like a life changing volunteer oppourtunity please contact Cris today at 829-1504 or at cmorris@opendoormission.org


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

23 April 2009

Good Morning to our dear friends of Open Door Mission!

My name is Linda and work in the Development Department, which is responsible for logging in all donations and sending thank you receipts to our generous donors.

I try to respond to any concerns that our donors have regarding their account, number of mailings received or even a note of encouragement. As friends of the Mission, your comments are greatly appreciated.

On a daily basis, it is encouraging to see the response of our donors to the needs of the hungry and homeless. Without you, Open Door Mission could not offer the rehabilitating services that assist those Hungry for Food and Hungry of New Life.

I want to thank all of you for your support financially, spiritually and the volunteering of your time and talents. THANK YOU!

Linda Gunderson

Open Door Mission is thankful for volunteers

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

A big thank you to Colette and her group from Morning Star Church that are spending their evening volunteering at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They are helping sort clothes, organize and stock the shelves so low income individuals and families can come supplement their income.

Steve and his group from Countryside Church are here tonight helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

Tonight the men in the Men’s Emergency Services area will be blessed by the Ministry of Bob and his team from Twin Valley Church.

Join Open Door Mission for the Boutique of Hope on Saturday, April 25th from 1 to 5PM at Open Door Mission’s Main Building. More than 30 venders will be displaying their items; make up, jewelry, house hold items, toys, books, and so much more. There will be lots of great spring gifts,

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

22 April 2009

Open Door Mission is blessed

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

A great big thank you Marlee for spending part of her day volunteering with Ronda at the Lydia House. She helped answer the hotline phone, do copying, and helped with meeting the basic needs of the ladies and families living a the Lydia House.

Lisa and her group of students from Morton Magnet Middle School were here today helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

Tonight the men in the Men’s Emergency Services area will be blessed by the Ministry of Earl and his team from Sparrow Ministries all the way from Trenton, MO

Join Open Door Mission for the Boutique of Hope on Saturday, April 25th from 1 to 5PM at Open Door Mission’s Main Building. More than 30 venders will be displaying their items; make up, jewelry, house hold items, toys, books, and so much more. There will be lots of great spring gifts,


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

21 April 2009

Senior King's Kloset

This is the third Tuesday of the month and around the Timberlake Outreach Center, that means one thing…SENIOR KINGS KLOSET DAY! They have begun arriving already, anxious for their “special time” to begin, and you can feel the excitement as their chatter fills the air.

For those of you that don’t know, the Third Tuesday of each month is Senior Kings’ Kloset. It is a special time that we have set aside for our Seniors (age 60 and over) to come enjoy some fellowship, hear the word of God, and then shop for some clothing and household items for free!

We get the opportunity to hear stories of all sorts, from present burdens to past accomplishments, and how they have seen God work in their lives! It is so awesome to get the opportunity to serve those that were here before we were and that are so often forgotten about.

If you, or anyone you know who is age 60 or over, would like to come to Senior Kings Kloset, it is held the Third Tuesday of each month at our Timberlake Outreach Center. We begin registration at 1:00 and have a chapel service from 1:30pm – 2:00pm and then folks shop from 2:00pm – 3:00pm. Lots of folks show up early to sit and fellowship before the official activities begin, so if you would like to come early, feel free.

Blessings,
Amy Springer

Thank you for visiting us at Kid's Explorer



Candace Gregory, President/CEO of Open Door Mission take a moment to pose for a picture with some children that stopped by the booth at Kid's Explorer this past weekend.







A little boy takes aim with the bean bag to toss it through the heart and win a prize.






Thank you to Rich of providing these photos that were taken at the Kid's Explorer event this past weekend. Also than you to all all the children and the parents that stopped by the Open Door Mission booth. We gave out lots of "Jesus Loves Me" balloons and kids got to enjoy throuing bean bags through the house and win neat prizes.

Thank you to volunteers

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

I big thank you to Molly for spending her valuable day volunteering her time at the Timberlake Outreach Center. She helped sort clothes, organize and stock the shelves so low income individuals and families can come and supplement their income.

A great big thank you Joe who is volunteering his time in the Learning Center. This allows program members extra time to work on their GED or other educational assignments

Jessie and her group from Omaha Family Church are also here tonight helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

Join Open Door Mission for the Boutique of Hope on Saturday, April 25th from 1 to 5PM at Open Door Mission’s Main Building. More than 30 venders will be displaying their items; make up, jewelry, house hold items, toys, books, and so much more. There will be lots of great spring gifts,

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

20 April 2009

Greetings from Open Door Mission's Learning Center Director

It has been interesting and challenging the last few months as I have been working as the Learning Center Director. I am not new to the Open Door Mission’ family, but I am new to this position. As Learning Center Director, I do educational assessments for those entering the New Life Recovery Program and Journey to Work Program.

Men and Women who come from various backgrounds and cultures, some who have college, those who have high school and GED diplomas and some working on getting their GED, these men and women are getting a brush up on academics. It is challenging to help those who haven’t used fraction and percents since being in high school. It is a relearning and reapplying math for everyday use.

This brush up inspires some to obtain further education, to dream big that it is not to late to do something great in their life. Education inspires confidence to be a productive person in society and in their personal life.

I am learning things about myself that even though I never thought of myself as a teacher, I have been teaching in some way all of my life.

Deb Champion
Learning Center Director

17 April 2009

A Message from Kelli Young

“…I am doing great work, so that I cannot come down….” Nehemiah 6:3

Nehemiah was rebuilding the broken wall surrounding Jerusalem when he made that statement. He was sent by God to do a mission, and despite obstacles that threatened to interrupt and stop his work, he did not cease the task at hand. This principal was so important, it became scripture for us to live by!

At the Timberlake Outreach Center, we strive to assist in the rebuilding of lives through an outpouring of services and sharing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ! The service of free furniture is just one of the many homeless prevention programs offered at the Open Door Mission. The provision of free furniture helps people begin the transformation process from living in an oft barren environment, to one more comfortable, thus positively impacting their sense of establishment and stability.
As times are a-changing, we’ve tried to remain focused on our mission and the task at hand. We decided to modify the way we did business in order to maximize the effective use of donated furniture items. We went from years of ‘by appointment only’, to a first-come first-serve-walk-in basis. The decision to do so was prompted by a long waiting-list of individuals and families needing furniture items now, versus in a week or two, or three.

When you come in for furniture, you’ll sign up and tell us what furniture or appliances you need; then you’ll meet with a Community Case manager who is trained in helping to assess your immediate needs and make referrals to Open Door Mission or other programs; we’ll pray with you if you want, need or let us; we’ll help you select furniture that will meet your needs; and finally, we’ll help load your furniture! Case management with every client ensures we listen to the needs of those we serve, and help empower them however we can.

The need is great for beds of all sizes (cribs to Kings) and bedding, dressers, stoves and refrigerators, as well as easy chairs, kitchenware and televisions. The demand for furniture is rising, and we are forever grateful and always amazed by the generosity of Omaha Community donors!

The Timberlake Outreach Center is a very special, God given place housing many services under one roof. Furniture is just one program offered. Thanks be to God for our leadership staff, servants, donors and clients! Working together, we are able to carry out the mission of great work, as Nehemiah instructed us over 2,500 years ago!

Sincerely,

Kelli Young, Community Case Manager
Timberlake Outreach Center

Thank you to Volunteers

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

A big thank you to Ashley for volunteering her valuable time this afternoon at the Timberlake Outreach Center. She helped sort clothes, organize and stock the shelves so low income individuals and families can come supplement their income.

Sheryl and her group of high school students all the way from Farragut, Iowa are here tonight helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

Tonight the men in the Men’s Emergency Services area will be blessed by the Ministry of Pastor Opi and his team from House on the Rock Church.

Join Open Door Mission for the Boutique of Hope on Saturday, April 25th from 1 to 5PM at Open Door Mission’s Main Building. More than 30 venders will be displaying their items; make up, jewelry, house hold items, toys, books, and so much more. There will be lots of great spring gifts,


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

Boutique of Hope

With Mothers Day, Graduation and Father’s Day just around the corner, I have some great news for you! Spring is finally here and with it comes all the wonderful opportunities for spring gift-giving!

That’s why I am so excited to share with you about Open Door Mission’s upcoming BOUTIQUE OF HOPE! It’s a Shopper’s paradise, at Open Door Mission on Saturday, April 25th from 1 to 5 PM. More than 30 vendors will be displaying their items, make up, jewelry, household items, cooking, and so much more. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Open Door Mission.

Your participation in the Boutique of Hope will not only meet your shopping needs, but will also provide for hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

Put it on your calendar today to browse through many unique gift ideas at Open Door Mission’s Boutique of Hope, on Saturday, April 25th, from 1 – 5 PM.

16 April 2009

Open Door Mission is thankful for the many volunteers

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

A big thank you to Ken and his group from Shadowlake Community Church that are spending their evening volunteering at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They are helping sort clothes, organize and stock the shelves so low income individuals and families can come supplement their income.

Russ and his group from Holy Cross Lutheran Church are here tonight helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

Tonight the men in the Men’s Emergency Services area will be blessed by the Ministry of Lonnie and his team from Living for Eternity Ministry.

Join Open Door Mission for the Boutique of Hope on Saturday, April 25th from 1 to 5PM at Open Door Mission’s Main Building. More than 30 venders will be displaying their items; make up, jewelry, house hold items, toys, books, and so much more. There will be lots of great spring gifts,

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

15 April 2009

Open Door Mission's Blessing of the day

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

A great big thank you Mary from the Omaha Public Library who is here tonight volunteering her valuable time in the Bright Space. She is playing games, reading books and doing crafts with the children that live at the Lydia House.

Cheryl and her group from the United Methodist Church all the way from Hamburg, IA are here tonight helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

Tonight the men in the Men’s Emergency Services area will be blessed by the Ministry of Claudio and his team from En Gedi Gospel Ministries. At the same time Aggie is ministering through a Bible Study for the women in the Lydia House

Join Open Door Mission for the Boutique of Hope on Saturday, April 25th from 1 to 5PM at Open Door Mission’s Main Building. More than 30 venders will be displaying their items; make up, jewelry, house hold items, toys, books, and so much more. There will be lots of great spring gifts,

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

Helping with the little things

Hello my name is Angela and I am the overnight supervisor for the ladies and families. My shift is usually a quiet one since everyone is asleep. I am only involved in the daily activities of the Lydia House for about two hours in the mornings. This morning was different; I was able to do a special service for one of our residents.

After the special attention our case manager and the visiting nurse had given this resident; they were able to help them realize that they needed to take care of their health and have a very scary procedure done. My part was to transport this resident to the hospital. It was such a blessing to help comfort them and to have a one on one conversation with them on the way.

14 April 2009

Blessings from Timberlake Outreach Center

Hi everybody. Thanks for taking the time to read The Open Door Mission blog page. My name is Dan Applegate and I’m director of the Community Services Department. I’d like to take just a moment and talk about disposable diapers. I know that sounds like a pretty boring subject. But, diapers are a big part of one of the many services the Open Door Mission has available.

The Mission received over 500,000 diapers at the start of the year due to a diaper drive put together by a local radio station. What a blessing! We sort, stack and shelve the diapers and immediately start distribution to the mothers that need them. That is one thing the Mission is good at. We know how to distribute large quantity donations efficiently to people in need.

Young mothers in need can visit the Timberlake Outreach Center once every 30 days to receive a nice big package of diapers for their babies. We don’t scrimp on the size of the package because we want to make an impact on their family budget. What the Mission can help them save on diapers I always say they can take the money they saved and spend it on something frivolous like rent or gas for the car. In closing, if you have contributed to this diaper drive in the past I would like to say Thank You! Believe me when I say you have really made a difference and touched the lives of a lot families in the metro area.

God Bless you all!


Sincerely,


Dan Applegate

Director of Community Services

Open Door Mission is blessed by volunteers

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


I big thank you to Molly for spending her valuable day volunteering her time at the Timberlake Outreach Center. She helped sort clothes, organize and stock the shelves so low income individuals and families can come and supplement their income.

A great big thank you Sharon who is here tonight to volunteer in the Bright Space. She is playing games, reading books and doing crafts with the children that live at the Lydia House.

Beth and her group of Brownell-Talbot High School Students are also here tonight helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

Join Open Door Mission for the Boutique of Hope on Saturday, April 25th from 1 to 5PM at Open Door Mission’s Main Building. More than 30 venders will be displaying their items; make up, jewelry, house hold items, toys, books, and so much more. There will be lots of great spring gifts,

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

13 April 2009

We have been blessed

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

I big thank you to Kristi and her group of seventh graders that spent their Saturday afternoon volunteering their time at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They helped sort clothes, organize and stock the shelves so low income individuals and families can come and supplement their income.

A great big thank you Duane who is here tonight teaching a Microsoft excel class to men and women so they will have better computer skills that can put to use when looking for a job.

Helen and her group from Alpha Delta Kapa are also here tonight helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

Join Open Door Mission for the Boutique of Hope on Saturday, April 25th from 1 to 5PM at Open Door Mission’s Main Building. More than 30 venders will be displaying their items; make up, jewelry, house hold items, toys, books, and so much more. There will be lots of great spring gifts,


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

10 April 2009

The power of "a cup of water"

Hi, my name is John Lindsey, and I am the mental health therapist for the men in the shelter at the Open Door Mission. The men are homeless, many have addiction issues, and most have been afflicted throughout their life. They are broken and beat down, and after hearing a little of their story, you have to wonder how they can still have any expectation that there is hope for their life. My job as a servant of Christ is to labor in the power of Spirit to engage and equip these men to learn personal skills, to develop perspectives that will empower them to take a few more steps down the road of life and toward the Lord of life.

Much of what I do is “giving out a cup of cool water” to those who have burned many bridges in their life. For many of the men, I only see them when there is a crisis. And as you can image, they are not at their best. As I intervene in a crisis, I often need to engage in de-escalation skills, take the time to actively listen to their need, and then give them some direction, that they may not want to hear. So as you can predict, the situation is often tense, and things are said out of anger, and emotions ran high.

The opportunity I have as a mental health therapist, is to speak the truth in love, by practicing the empathy of Jesus to men who are in that moment most unlovable. One situation I am reminded of, because the man came back a month later to say, “Hi” and let us know that he is doing better (something I don’t often hear).

Let’s call him, Greg. Greg had been at the shelter many times over the last three years. I had met him only once before, while several of the other staff had known and worked with him longer. Greg was a hard worker but couldn’t keep a job. Around the Mission he was willing to volunteer to help out, by answering the phones. But Greg had an anger problem. When things got too crazy, he would become verbally aggressive and very intimidating with his non-verbals (if you know what I mean). The other staff worked with him and encouraged him to talk with me. Finally the case manager had to make it a stipulation to continue volunteering.

Greg actually came to see me, after several missed appointments, and he did open and up and share. It was obvious that there were a series of problems and that just talking with me would not resolve them. Yet here is the “power” of a cup of water. I was able to water a few “seeds” that others had planted, and afterward, I talked with the staff to plan an intervention. The time came when we had to implement the intervention was, because Greg was raging and explosive. But because of our preparation and plan, we got Greg to a short-term psychiatric facility in town, so Greg wouldn’t act out in ways that would involve the police.

After that event, I didn’t hear from Greg. Then one day, he stopped by the Open Door Mission. He didn’t stop to talk to me, but he did smile and gave me a thumb’s up sign, before walking out the door. To me that is an example of the mysterious ways that God performs His wonders. In performing my job – giving out a cup of cool water – someone was strengthen enough to take a few more steps down the road of life, and toward the Lord of life.

09 April 2009

How are you blessed today?

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

I big thank you to Kyesha and the group of her friends that spent their evening volunteering their time at the Timberlake Outreach Center, They helped sort, organized and stock the shelves so low in come families can come supplement their income.

A big thank you to Sheila for coming and volunteering with the children. She played games and brought Easter eggs for the children to decorate and color

Amy and her team from Salem Untied Methodist Church are also here tonight helping in the kitchen and pantry. Some are helping clean and organize the pantry. Others are helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

Tonight the men in the Men’s Emergency Services area will be blessed by the music of Al Greco and the testimonies of how God is changing the lives of the Men in the New Life Recovery Program

Join Open Door Mission for the Boutique of Hope on Saturday, April 25th from 1 to 5PM at Open Door Mission’s Main Building. More than 30 venders will be displaying their items; make up, jewelry, house hold items, toys, books, and so much more. There will be lots of great spring gifts,


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

Why I am apart of the Work at Open Door Mission

I love being a part of Open Door Mission. Open Door Mission is a place where real change occurs in the lives of real people. Working here as a receptionist, I have contact with clients, staff, donors and volunteers every day. There is nothing more exciting to me than to see God at work in their lives.

Being here allows me to hear the stories of former prisoners, once lost and living in despair, who are now glowing with the joy that God gives as they study their Bibles, earn their GED’s, reconnect with their families and have their broken hearts healed.

I’ve shared in the joy of those who were addicted to drugs from the time they were teenagers, living in their cars in sub-freezing temperatures as young adults; who were transformed by Christ and the love they experienced here at the mission.

I’ve also shared in the joy of those who have come to donate to the mission. Once it was a couple who decided to donate the proceeds from their yard sale. Their faces glowed with joy as they handed me a check. Another time it was a child who donated all of his birthday gifts to children he knew would not be getting new toys. I remember, too, the excitement of volunteers who spent their pre-Thanksgiving Saturday bringing turkeys and fixins’ to needy families (in freezing-cold weather!) I also heard joyful relief in the voices of those who learned they would be receiving them.

I hope this helps you understand why I love being a part of this work. Real life-change and real joy are a part of what I see from day to day. What could be more exciting?


God Bless You,
Judy Ward

08 April 2009

Open Door Mission's Blessing

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

A big thank you to the group from Community Alliance that spent part of their day volunteering their time at the Timberlake Outreach Center, They helped sort, organized and stock the shelves so low in come families can come supplement their income.

Vince and his team from Prudential Ambassadors are also here tonight helping in the kitchen and pantry. Some are helping clean and organize the pantry. Others are helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

Tonight the men in the Men’s Emergency Services area will be blessed by the music and testimony of Frank from Glad Tidings Church

Join Open Door Mission for the Boutique of Hope on Saturday, April 25th from 1 to 5PM at Open Door Mission’s Main Building. More than 30 venders will be displaying their items; make up, jewelry, house hold items, toys, books, and so much more. There will be lots of great spring gifts.

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

07 April 2009







Rick from March Graduation









Joy Stevens and Students from Work Net






I am Joy Stevens, Director of the Open Door Mission’s newly launched program called WorkNet. The program is designed to assist people struggling with employment issues to become gainfully employed in their “field of fascination,” not just another job. Participants are either from our New Life Program, Journey to Work Program or from the community. Often our clients deal with real employment issues; sketchy work records, criminal record, felonies or job loss due to the economy. WorkNet deals with those barriers and teaches them how to stand out from the crowd and market themselves on paper (resume, application, cover letter) on the phone, and in person at interviews. The program is three weeks. two days in length and consists of lively interactive classes, mock interviews with employers from the community, and culminates with a graduation luncheon honoring achievement.

Rick, a graduate from our March class, has been a construction worker his whole life. Before starting class, he was very skeptical of WorkNet. His comments at the end of class were, “I liked the interaction in the class. What helped me the most was the mock interviews. Before WorkNet, interviewing was the most intimidating part to me. (Rick was accustomed to walking onto a job site and being hired) Overall, I loved the class.” Rick desires to make a complete career change from the construction field to go to college and train for drug counselor or case manager. He has gained a whole new confidence in approaching this vocation shift.


Thank you for Making a Difference

I big thank you to Rose Marie and Jean who spent their day helping Leann in the Lydia House. They helped do filing, copying, answering the hot line phone, and assisting the basic needs of the ladies and families living at the Lydia House.

A great big thank you Joe who is here tonight volunteering in the learning center. This allows extra time for the program members to work on their GED or other homework. .

Donna and her group from Morning Star Lutheran Church are also here tonight helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

Join Open Door Mission for the Boutique of Hope on Saturday, April 25th from 1 to 5PM at Open Door Mission’s Main Building. More than 30 venders will be displaying their items; make up, jewelry, house hold items, toys, books, and so much more. There will be lots of great spring gifts,


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

06 April 2009

Thank you Volunteers

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

· I big Thank you to Doctor Fischer who volunteers his valuable time and talent twice a week through ministering to the physical needs of the men, women, and children. He opens the medical clinic so the men, women, and children can get help with their physical needs.
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· A great big thank you Duane who is here tonight teaching a Microsoft excel class to men and women so they will have better computer skills that can put to use when looking for a job.

· Monica and her group from Beautiful Savior Church are also here tonight helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

· Join Open Door Mission for the Boutique of Hope on Saturday, April 25th from 1 to 5PM at Open Door Mission’s Main Building. More than 30 venders will be displaying their items; make up, jewelry, house hold items, toys, books, and so much more. There will be lots of great spring gifts,

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

04 April 2009

Thank you Stella and Nemaha Churches


Pastor Michael Schmidt and his group from Stella and Nemaha Community Churches in the South East Corner of Nebraska spent their Saturday volunteering at Open Door Mission. They drove the 1 1/2 hour drive to help in the kitchen. They helped prepard and serve the hot nutritious meal to many hungry and homeless men, women, and children. They also helped clean and organize the food pantry just off the kitchen.
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Thank you for coming and spening your Saturday and making a difference at Open Door Mission.
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If your Church, Business, or group would like to come and make a difference contact Cris today at 422-1111 or at cmorris@opendoormission.org

03 April 2009

An Encouraged Word from Dee...

Hi. My name is Dee and I’m a Development Specialist with our Advancement Dept. Most of my work consists of processing donations and information sent to us by our generous donors; so in short, I do a lot of data entry and computer research.

Every now and then, however, I have reason to phone one of our supporters and that was the case day before yesterday. The woman I spoke with was having a very difficult time dealing with her husband’s death. He had passed away nearly a year ago and she was still in so much pain and asked me “Should this still be so hard?” We talked for a bit and she was very open to my suggesting that she allow the Lord to help her. I told her that only he could get her through this and help her heal and guide her in how to deal with her anguish day to day. She had been quite distraught during some of the conversation, but when we began to speak about God and how much he loves her and would be there for her, I could actually “hear” her calming down. From her words, I could tell that she really wanted to turn to the Lord for comfort and I really feel that she will.

This just shows you how God can take a simple phone call and turn it into a chance to minister to someone in need. He really is the answer to whatever is troubling you. This lady is looking at her grief a little differently and I had the privilege of being used by the Lord. You don’t get that opportunity at all work places, but it happens a lot at the Mission!

Dee Best

Open Door Mission's Blessing of the day

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

· A big thank you to Christy and her group of students from St. Thomas Moore Parish who spent their morning helping prepare 600 sack lunches for the Streets of Omaha Program. After lunch a group of Creighton Prep students took those lunches along with staff and delivered them to people that are living in abandon buildings, along the river, under bridges in Omaha.

· A great big thank you to Luke and his group of students from Holy name Lutheran School who are here tonight volunteering their valuable time in the kitchen and pantry. Some will help stock and organize the pantry while other help prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal 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?

02 April 2009

Thank you to volunteers!

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

· A great big thank you to the group from Pacific Springs who spent part of their day at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They helped sort, organize and stock the shelves so that many low income individuals and families can supplement their income.

· Robbie and his group from Westside Church are here this evening volunteering in the kitchen. They are helping prepare and serve the not nutritious meal to many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

· The men in the Men’s Emergency Services area will be blessed tonight by the ministry of Pat and his team from Calvary Christian Church.

· At the same time the women in the Lydia House who want to have a deeper relationship with God will have the opportunity have a Bible Study lead by Marureen from Calvary Christian Church.

· Can you give 2 hours of your time each month to volunteer at Open Door Mission by 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 and make a difference by volunteering at Open Door Mission.


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

01 April 2009

Work Net Graduation




Yesterday, was just the second Graduation of the Open Door Mission's Work Net program. This a brand new program offered to the Open Door Mission to prepare clients for gainful employment. Excitingly, one of the graduates went to work in the afternoon at his new job:) It was inspiring to hear firsthand from the graduates career goals for the future. Blessings ONYA today, Candace

Greetings from the Lydia House

I am very gratefully and thank each of you for the blessings that you have shared with the Lydia House or will be sharing in the future. Our new house supervisor LeAnn shared yesterday what a joy it was to help a new woman with a bed, clean linens, hot lunch, hot shower, clean clothes, and a nap after the women had been sleeping under a bridge for the last couple of weeks. I did not even recognize the woman this morning as she was laughing with the other women at breakfast - what a difference just having the basics will do. But on the same day we turned away five single women and two families looking for shelter because we were full. We give them the numbers of the other shelters and our Timberlake Outreach Center for assistance, but it is hard, because we do not know where they will sleep that night. We are eager to move into the new Lydia House building being built and prayerfully the turn-aways will be fewer.

Today I am busy preparing for Easter activities for our children and families – the best holiday of the year! Before enjoying the best brunch in town at Old Chicago’s Annual Easter meal for the homeless, each Lydia House resident will be at their home church or at King of King’s service at the Q-West Center to hear the resurrection story! The best part of serving at Open Door Mission is that we are not only concerned about people’s physical well being – we are concerned about eternal life change through Jesus Christ. A few years ago when I attended this service I witnessed a Lydia House family go to the altar and their teen son accepted Christ that day – what a joy!

If you do not have a home church to attend for Easter, join us and others at the Q-West Center at 10:00 a.m., parking is free that day. Though the center is filled that day, King of King’s Church provides a powerful service that will bless you beyond measure.

Have a blessed Easter,

Ronda Nelson
Lydia House Assistant Director.