30 May 2009

Volunteers at Timberlake Outreach Center


I have had the privilege of working in many different departments here at the Open Door Mission, but the Volunteer Department as been my favorite, by far! This morning, May 23, I had a great group from 1st United Methodist Church in Red Oak, Iowa. Their youth group came and made the best of a great situation. These kids, ranging in ages from 5-13, said that they enjoyed serving here at the TOC because it helped them be more appreciative of what they have at home. These kids and their leaders helped sort and hang clothing, pick up empty hangers off of the shelves, and provided a great working environment with their spunky and fun attitudes! It is volunteers like these, that help the Timberlake Outreach Center and the Open Door Mission thrive on a daily basis. I look forward to working with more individuals and groups that come to volunteer at the Open Door Mission!

Patti Cummings
Volunteer Department

29 May 2009

What's Your Blessing?

Hi, this is Candace,

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

• A big thank you to Ashley who spent part of her valuable day volunteering at the Timberlake Outreach Center. She helped sort, organize and stock the shelves so low income families and individuals can come supplement their income and prevent homelessness.

• Christine and her group from Community Alliance spent part of their day volunteering in the kitchen and pantry. Part of the group are helping stock and organize the pantry while others are helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.


• Charlene and Mary Lou from Overland Hills Baptist Church are here tonight ministering through a Bible Study to the single women living in emergency area of the Lydia House.



As hot weather fast approaches us, Open Door Mission is in need of bottled water to hand out on water patrol, sun screen to give to the 300 children that are attending Bible day camp and fans to hand out at the Timberlake Outreach Center to the many that are looking to get some relief from the hot weather. You can help by organizing a beat the heat drive today. Call Maggie at 422-1111.


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

Summer Missionaries are training


Please pray for the 15 enthusiastic Summer Missionaries who will be working at Open Door Mission's Summer Bible Day Camp! Led by our Children and Youth leadership team, Pastor Tyrome Charleston, Kyle Behrens and Janice Loud, they will minister to 300 children who are homeless or living in poverty.

Summer Bible Day Camp provides a safe environment as an alternative to possible drug abuse and/or crime activity. Staff provides a loving environment with weekly field trips, tutoring and opportunities for self-expression and creativity. Each child is served a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack. Each aspect of camp has been carefully planned based on the needs of the children and the best expenditure of money allotted.

Open Door Mission’s Summer Bible Day Camp runs Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., begins on Monday, June 1st and continues thru August 7th. There is no cost to participants, however, your tax-deductible gift of $49 will sponsor one child for an entire week of Summer Bible Day Camp! Visit our website at www.opendoormission.org for more information.

28 May 2009

Part of God's Family


How blessed we are to be a part of the family of God. On my vacation this year I had the joy of traveling with my “adopted” family. We spent 10 days to together traveling to Missouri, Arkansas & Gering–Scottsbluff, Nebraska. In Gering I became a part of another family; my “nephew's” birth mother’s family opened their arms and hearts and gathered me into the family. The best part was worshipping together as a family on Sunday morning; as well as sharing the joy of my “niece’s” graduation.

Back home last Sunday, I had the opportunity to share the joy of worship, and about Open Door Mission, at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Plattsmouth. The pastor and congregation were so gracious and caring; I was part of their “branch” of the family of God for that special Sunday morning.

On Tuesday I spoke to Mrs. Petrulis’ third grade class at Brownell Talbot. The students had collected “loose change” to make a change for the children at Lydia House. Once again I was part of God’s family-as these children asked questions and talked to me, I was moved by their compassion, concern and love for those less fortunate.

The past two weeks have given me a chance to reflect on the joy of belonging to God’s family-a family of love and acceptance-the same things people find at Open Door Mission. You too can be a part of God’s family-trust Jesus Christ as your Savior-be a part of something bigger than yourself. Volunteer at Open Door Mission to see how being a part of God’s family can change lives forever with hope, love and acceptance. Help provide for God’s family by doing a drive to “put food on the table” or to provide basic needs. Invite a speaker to come and share about how God is changing lives daily because you chose to make a difference and reach out to the homeless and near homeless in our community through Open Door Mission. Come be a part of the family of God-you will be blessed.

Maggie Cope
Communications Coordinator

What's Your Blessing?

Hi, this is Candace,

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

• A big thank you to Lisa and her group of junior and senior high students from United Methodist Church who are spending their valuable evening volunteering at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They are helping sort, organize and stock the shelves so low income families and individuals can come supplement their income and prevent homelessness.

• Charlene and Mary Lou from Overland Hills Baptist Church are here tonight ministering through a Bible Study to the single women living in emergency area of the Lydia House.

• Steve and his group from Countryside Church are spending part of their evening volunteering in the kitchen and pantry. Part of the group are helping stock and organize the pantry while others are helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.



As hot weather fast approaches us, Open Door Mission is in need of bottled water to hand out on water patrol, sun screen to give to the 300 children that are attending Bible day camp and fans to hand out at the Timberlake Outreach Center to the many that are looking to get some relief from the hot weather. You can help by organizing a beat the heat drive today. Call Maggie at 422-1111.


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

27 May 2009

What's Your Blessing?

Hi, this is Candace,

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

• A big thank you to Lori and Ashley who spent their valuable day volunteering at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They helped sort, organize and stock the shelves so low income families and individuals can come supplement their income and prevent homelessness.

• Marlee volunteered part of her day at the Lydia House helping Ronda and Leann. She helped answer the hot line phone, assist with copying and filing and helped meet the basic needs of the women and families in emergency area of the Lydia House.

• Amy and her team from the Untied Methodist Church are spending part of their evening volunteering in the kitchen and pantry. Part of the group are helping stock and organize the pantry while others are helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

• Earl and his team all the way from Trenton Missouri will be here tonight ministering in chapel to many hurting men living in the men’s emergency services area.


As hot weather fast approaches us, Open Door Mission is in need of bottled water to hand out on water patrol, sun screen to give to the 300 children that are attending Bible day camp and fans to hand out at the Timberlake Outreach Center to the many that are looking to get some relief from the hot weather. You can help by organizing a beat the heat drive today. Call Maggie at 422-1111.

26 May 2009

Calling all who have furniture they are not using…


Hi, my name is Amy and I work at the Timberlake Outreach Center at the Open Door Mission. On a daily basis, we get the privilege of helping people who are in need of clothing, household items and furniture. We have seen an increase in the number of people we are serving for the first time, and these folks are in desperate need.

We are so thankful to God for providing the clothing, household items and furniture that we have now, but we need more!

In particular, we are in need of BEDS, dressers, kitchen tables, refrigerators, stoves, washers, and dryers. Lots of the people we serve have had emergencies like a fire, water damage or bed bugs. Some of the others are escaping from domestic violence, and others are taking the beginning steps towards getting their children back. Things like this happen for a variety of reasons, but people in the community know that if you are in need of a second chance, the Open Door Mission is the place to go. Then when they get here, we get to talk to them about God being the one who provides second chances and how they can get that chance! Isn’t it awesome to know that you can donate things that you are no longer using and that they will go to a place where people can receive them for free, and hear about the Lord at the same time??

If you have furniture you would like to donate you can drop it off at the Open Door Mission Receiving Area at 2828 N 23rd St East, Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 6:00pm, and Saturdays from 9:00am – 5:00pm. If you are not able to bring it down, you can call the Furniture Pick Up line at 829-1517.

Thank you, your generosity will bless another family!

Are you excited for Jesus?

My name is James Cummings. I am the Executive Administrator at Open Door Mission. From time to time I have the awesome privledge of going out into the community and speaking at different Churches, Schools, Community Groups, etc. This past Sunday I got to travel a short 45 min drive just outside Omaha to a little town of Murdock, Nebraska. For those that might not know, Murdock is just south of Mahoney State Park. It is a little town of about 340 people.

I got to speak at Ebenezer United Methodist Church and there were about 110 people in the service and they were alive and excited about God. That is almost 35% of their little town. I thought as I was driving home what if 35% of the people that lived in Omaha were in Church on Sunday and were that excited about God. What great things we could do for HIM.

If you would like a life changing volunteer oppourtunity today please contact Cris Morris at 422-1111 or at cmorris@opendoormission.org

Thank you from Chris

I just wanted to Thank You for an encouraging time here at the Open Door Mission's New Life Program, where I got to be close to Jesus Christ our Lord And Savior! I also want to thank you for letting my dream come to true to become a Culinary Arts Chef at the Victory Trade School in Springfield, Missouri.

I want to also thank all the wonderful staff here at The Open Door Mission for their support and hard work that they do for all of us who ask them or come for the help we are seeking from our Lord and helping us get close to him

THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE HERE AT THE OPEN DOOR MISSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chris C.

What's Your Blessing?

Hi, this is Candace,

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

• A big thank you to Molly who spent her valuable day volunteering at the Timberlake Outreach Center. She helped sort, organize and stock the shelves so low income families and individuals can come supplement their income and prevent homelessness.

• Jean and Rose Marie volunteered part of their day at the Lydia House helping Ronda and Leann. They helped answer the hot line phone, assist with copying and filing and helped meet the basic needs of the women and families in emergency area of the Lydia House.

• Melanie and her group from Dundee Presbyterian Church are spending part of their evening volunteering in the kitchen and pantry. Part of the group are helping stock and organize the pantry while others are helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

• Mark and his team from Salem Church will be here tonight ministering in chapel to many hurting men living in the men’s emergency services area.


As hot weather fast approaches us, Open Door Mission is in need of bottled water to hand out on water patrol, sun screen to give to the 300 children that are attending Bible day camp and fans to hand out at the Timberlake Outreach Center to the many that are looking to get some relief from the hot weather. You can help by organizing a beat the heat drive today. Call Maggie at 422-1111.

25 May 2009

An Inspiration to Us All....


Hi I am Amy Buss Open Door Mission’s HR Director.

Today I want to share a story about an employee, who has stepped out on faith, waited patiently and who continues to inspire others everyday.

Let me give you a little background on Leann. Leann and her three kids moved into the Lydia House two years ago, after Leann left her abusive husband. She graduated from the Journey to work program, moved into her own place and stared working at the Timberlake Outreach Center as a Bilingual Receptionist.

After working in her position for a year, Leann mentioned to me that she would love to work at the Lydia house during the day. She went on to inform me that she felt lead by God to work over at the Lydia House to help other women.

A few months later we had an opening in the Lydia House as a Day Supervisor. I just knew that she had to apply for this job because it’s where her heart was leading her. I called her up and let her know that the position was open. After praying about it, Leann applied for, and got the job.

Leann has overcome so much in her own life that her story is an inspiration to others. Today she is helping women, children and families achieve their dreams and overcome their daily struggles. She gives all the glory to God and you see Jesus working in her life everyday.

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 at www.opendoormission.org today and learn about volunteer opportunities. I look forward to seeing you around here soon!

What's Your Blessing?

Hi, this is Candace,

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

I want to thank the many men and women that served our great country and have given their lives for all the freedoms we have. I hope you and your family have a great memorial day.

• A big thank you to the group of students from Blair that spent part of their day this past Saturday volunteering their valuable time at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They helped sort, organize and stock the shelves so low income families and individuals can come supplement their income and prevent homelessness.

• Phil and his group are spending part of their evening volunteering in the kitchen. They are helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.


School is out and Open Door Mission’s Bible Day Camp starts tomorrow. For only $49, you can send a child to Summer Bible Day Camp for an entire week. Your $49 donation will pay for one child’s hot nutritious meals, safe supervision and even field trips for an entire week of Summer Day Camp. Please visit opendoormission.org for more information


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

23 May 2009

Westside Families Help Lydia House



Wow! Saturday we had a wonderful day at the Mission as a very fun group of
volunteers from Westside Church came down to help with some projects. The
fun began in two directions, as some literally dug in, tilling the ground
for a huge garden behind our Men's Ministries building (the old Lydia House
building). While the tilling was going on, another group of about 20 or so
moved 34,000 pounds of sand into the playgrounds for our children. Men and
women with shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows, dug right in. We also had some
darling little ones with their own beach buckets doing their part as the
sand moved little by little. Our contactor Lonnie, took pity on the group,
and took a brief break from his own project (building the new Lydia House),
and after firing up his bobcat, he showed us all how to move a sand pile!


With the sand in its place, everyone joined in to get the garden planted,
before they all climbed back on their bus and called it a day. Saying thank
you doesn't seem like nearly enough. The children's playground is a little
bit more fun, and definitely safer. The garden will not only be a blessing
for what it produces, but will offer our clients and our volunteers
countless opportunities to work together this summer and see God's hand at
work. Thank you isn't enough, but thank you and bless you is what we have to
offer to our friends from Westside church, and to all of our caring and
dedicated helpers. We could not do it without you!!

Cris Morris
Volunteer & Partner Director

22 May 2009


One day last week, I was teaching a new employee about our department, when I got a phone call from a man who sounded very weak on the phone. He said that he was an older blind gentleman who has not eaten for four days. Without hesitation I told this gentleman that we would be there in ten minutes. We went to the kitchen and got this gentleman what we could. We got him about 6 sack lunches, a plate of food and some juice. The new employee and I went to this gentleman's apartment, where he waited for us on the curb. When we got there I delivered him his food, and we talked to find out that he is also going through chemotherapy. We prayed for him. The new employee helped him carry his food up the stairs, and I met another family who was sitting on the porch. There were about three adults and seven little children. The mother told me that they had no food in their house either. I prayed with them, and I gave them names to all the pantries I know of in town. God was so good to allow us to be able to talk about him and help who we could. AMEN!

Tim Gilreath
Men's Emergency Case Manager

Noah's Ark Preschool

You can never be too young to make a difference at Open Door Mission! Candace got a note from Teresa Roberts, preschool teacher at Noah's Ark Preschool at the Bellevue Christian Center Church. Her class, the Tender Turtles - ages 4-5 pictured above, did chores for their parents from January to May, earning money to be donated to a local ministry.

Ms. Roberts heard Candace on KGBI, and knew that Open Door Mission was where God wanted her to send the money. The children agreed, so over $125 was sent, along with this picture. The class is praying the money blesses someone as much as it has been a blessing for them to give it.

Thank you, Ms. Roberts and kids. God is so cool!

What's Your Blessing?

Hi, this is Candace,

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


• A big thank you to Ashley, who spent part of her afternoon volunteering in the Timberlake Outreach Center. She helped sort, organize and stock the shelves so low income individuals and families can come supplement their income and prevent homelessness.

• Pastor Keisha Hawkins will be leading her monthly Bible Study this evening with those who live in the Lydia House.

• Karrie and her team from Zion Lutheran Church are spending a part of their evening in the Kitchen, helping to prepare and serve hot nutritious meals to many hungry and homeless men, women and children..

Summer is here and that means that school is almost out. For only $49, you can send a child to Children’s Summer Bible Day Camp for an entire week. Your $49 donation will pay for one child’s hot nutritious meals, safe supervision and even field trips for an entire week of Summer Day Camp. Please visit opendoormission.org for more information



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

21 May 2009

One Big Happy Family

I’ve worked at Open Door Mission for almost ten years. I’ve always had desk jobs which I personally love. I love taking a blank screen or paper and adding color, text, and images to make a creative or informative document. Kind of like God did when He created each of us. He took the blank person, personally gave us the attributes and talents that we love, but it is up to us on how we grow them and use them.

At the Mission we encourage each other to be all that God created us to be. We are happy for one another when God sends surprise blessings. When hard times come as they inevitably do, someone is always willing to listen and pray for you. Just like family. It truly is nice to work at a place where you are encouraged to pray for and strengthen each other.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” - Psalm 139:13-16

JoAnn Dodd
Public Relations Coordinator

What's Your Blessing?

Hi, this is Candace,

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


• A big thank you to Roberta, who spent part of her evening volunteering in the Timberlake Outreach Center. She helped sort, organize and stock the shelves so low income individuals and families can come supplement their income and prevent homelessness.

• Lonnie Hofer and his group from Living for Eternity are here tonight ministering in Chapel to the many hurting men that live in the Men’s Emergency Services area.

• Holy Cross Lutheran Church has a group spending a part of their evening in the Kitchen, helping to prepare and serve hot nutritious meals to many hungry and homeless men, women and children..

Summer is here and that means that school is almost out. For only $49, you can send a child to Children’s Summer Bible Day Camp for an entire week. Your $49 donation will pay for one child’s hot nutritious meals, safe supervision and even field trips for an entire week of Summer Day Camp. Please visit opendoormission.org for more information



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

20 May 2009

Children and Youth Department



Hello from the Open Door Mission Children and Youth Department,

Bible Day Camp starts in less than 2 weeks. Training starts for the camp counselors the day after Memorial Day. We have a great group of camp counselors who are looking forward to becoming a team so that God can use us for His Glory as we minister to our campers. Please keep the Bible Day camp in your prayers as many things will come up during the summer. Pray that the staff stay strong, healthy, and suffer the children to come to the Lord. Pray that the children will be safe as they go to and from camp and as we go on many planned field trips. We are believing that all the campers who don’t know Christ will have a relationship with Him by the end of camp.

Tuesday May 26 we will be having our final Celebrate Education sponsored by the Southwest Kiwanis for the 2008-2009 school year. We will have this celebration in the form of a picnic at Elmwood Park. We will be honoring 32 students for academic achievement who have completed this school year. These students include current children living at the mission, past graduates, and children from the 29/11 program. Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, chips & pop is on the menu. As always we will thank the Southwest Kiwanis, our Title 1 tutors, and teachers that make this possible.

You can also email or call me:
Pastor Tyrome Charleston
tcharleston@opendoormission.org, 402-422-1111

What's Your Blessing?

Hi, this is Candace,

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


• A big thank you to Lori, who spent part of her day volunteering in the Timberlake Outreach Center. She helped sort, organize and stock the shelves so low income individuals and families can come supplement their income and prevent homelessness.

• Claudio Huang with En Gedi Gospel ministry is here tonight ministering in Chapel to the many hurting men that live in the Men’s Emergency Services area.

• Andrew and David are spending a part of their evening in the Kitchen, helping to prepare and serve hot nutritious meals to many hungry and homeless men, women and children..

Summer is here and that means that school is almost out. For only $49, you can send a child to Children’s Summer Bible Day Camp for an entire week. Your $49 donation will pay for one child’s hot nutritious meals, safe supervision and even field trips for an entire week of Summer Day Camp. Please visit opendoormission.org for more information



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

19 May 2009

...how God uses people...


Hi all. My name is Kyle Behrens and God has blessed me with the opportunity to work in the receiving area at the Mission for the past 4 months. I thank God for opportunities he gives me, even when I am not looking for them. I have worked at the Open Door Mission for the past 2 years and have seen the Timberlake Outreach Center full of clothing and food served in the kitchen. It has been such a blessing to see the faces, meeting all those who donate their time, money, and materials to the mission. It is exciting to see how God uses people and how God provides at the Mission.

Kyle Behrens
Children and Youth Coordinator

What's Your Blessing?

Hi, this is Candace,

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


• A big thank you to Mary, who volunteers her valuable time babysitting children whose parents are attending the English as a Second Language class at the Timberlake Outreach Center.

• Dan Cravatt and his team from Nebraska Christian College are here tonight ministering in Chapel to the many hurting men that live in the Men’s Emergency Services area.

• Jesse and his team from Omaha Family Church, are spending a part of their evening in the Kitchen, helping to prepare and serve hot nutritious meals to many hungry and homeless men, women and children..

Summer is here and that means that school is almost out. For only $49, you can send a child to Children’s Summer Bible Day Camp for an entire week. Your $49 donation will pay for one child’s hot nutritious meals, safe supervision and even field trips for an entire week of Summer Day Camp. Please visit opendoormission.org for more information



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

18 May 2009

What's Your Blessing?

Hi, this is Candace,

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


• A group from Grace Reform Church are here for their regular monthly scheduled time working in the Kitchen. They are helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

• Tom McCain and his group from S.W. Church of the Nazarene are here tonight ministering in Chapel to the many hurting men that live in the Men’s Emergency Services area.

• Also, Duane will be volunteering his time in the Learning Center offereing a Microsoft Excel class to New Life Recovery and Journey to Work program clients, to help them improve their resume’s.

Summer is here and that means that school is almost out. For only $49, you can send a child to Children’s Summer Bible Day Camp for an entire week. Your $49 donation will pay for one child’s hot nutritious meals, safe supervision and even field trips for an entire week of Summer Day Camp. Please visit opendoormission.org for more information



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

Daycamp Success Story

I did an intake on a new family this week who had been flooded out of their home. Two of the three children are of day camp age and I started to tell them about it. One of the young men said "Oh we know all about it Ms.Kate, We went last year and that's why we told our mom to come to the mission for shelter. We want to go back!"

In a time of need the children are guiding

Kate Fischer LIMHP

Emergency Services Case Manager

15 May 2009

What's Your Blessing?

Hi, this is Candace,

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

• A big thank you to Alyssa and her group of youth who spent part of their day volunteering at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They helped sort, organized and stock the shelves so low income individuals and families can some supplement their income and prevent homelessness.

• Robin and her group of youth from First Presbyterian Church are spending part of their evening volunteering in the kitchen. They are helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

• Pastor Opi and his team from House on the Rock are here tonight ministering in chapel to many hurting men that live in the men’s emergency services area.

Summer is here and that means that school is almost out. For only $49, you can send a child to Children’s Summer Bible Day Camp for an entire week. Your $49 donation will pay for one child’s hot nutritious meals, safe supervision and even field trips for an entire week of Summer Day Camp. Please visit opendoormission.org for more information


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

Mud, Mud, Mud!


If you want cake you’ve got to break a few eggs—and if you want new facilities you’ve got to step in a little mud! We are discovering that reality here at Open Door Mission’s Garland Thompson Men’s Center. The recent rains have made things very interesting to say the least.

We have the new Lydia House building going up to the north, construction parking on the west , the south side parking closed and a new sewer line being installed on the east side of the building. Wow! Beside that, the parking lot directly across the street is being used primarily by the construction company as a lay-down and staging area for construction material. Through all of this, we want to make sure that we have plenty of parking for our wonderful volunteers and partners as they come to the mission to serve. As a result our staff has vacated the north parking lot and is parking 1 block away at the Timberlake Outreach Center.

All the mud has given us the opportunity to add rubber boots to our wardrobe. You ought to see the ones that Candace wears; she’s very proud that she only paid 5 dollars for them—let’s leave it at that! But as in all things, God is making a wonderful blessing out of this situation. First and foremost all this mud will dry up and in its stead will rise the new Lydia House, new parking and utilities.

Secondly, we at Open Door Mission are involved in a wellness initiative “Walk Across America” where all departments are counting their steps on a pedometer through this summer to see what department can walk the farthest. This will sure help the count in my department. God has a great sense of humor, don’t you think?

Tom Meradith
Garland Thompson Mens Center Director

14 May 2009

What's Your Blessing?

Hi, this is Candace,

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

• A big thank you to Elizabeth and her team from DTN who spent part of their day volunteering in the kitchen. They helped prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children. If you are a business owner and would like to give your employees a life changing volunteer opportunity today please call Cris at 422-1111

• Cindy, Tiffany, and Kellie are spending part of their evening volunteering at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They are helping sort, organized and stock the shelves so low income individuals and families can some supplement their income and prevent homelessness.

• Al will be here tonight ministering in chapel through music while the Men’s Program men will share their testimonies to many hurting men that live in the men’s emergency services area.

Summer is here and that means that school is almost out. For only $49, you can send a child to Children’s Summer Bible Day Camp for an entire week. Your $49 donation will pay for one child’s hot nutritious meals, safe supervision and even field trips for an entire week of Summer Day Camp. Please visit opendoormission.org for more information



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

God’s Ways are Not Our Ways (1 Cor. 1:25)



It simply does not make sense! On paper at least, if you think about what Open Door Mission is able to do on a daily basis, there is no logical explanation. In the middle of a sagging economy, how is it possible that almost 2000 hot, nutritious meals are served to the hungry and homeless every day? With banks, auto makers and virtually every other industry appealing to the government for bailouts… how is it possible that a new Lydia House is nearing completion, and only about 3 of $24 million is left to be raised in the Rebuilding Lives Campaign?

The answer is simple. God’s ways are not our ways. When you try to understand how God does things, from a human perspective, it never adds up. Look in the Bible. Did it make sense to Abraham or Sarah when God told them they would have a son in their old age? No, Sarah laughed at God! How do you think Noah felt when God told him to build a huge boat so that he and his family would survive the coming flood? Or Gideon, watching his army dwindle from tens of thousands to only 300, while told by God they would defeat thousands of Midianite soldiers. And of course, Jesus’ disciples must have been pretty confused and scared as they watched their Messiah crucified outside of Jerusalem.

In my own life, God’s wisdom has become real, despite my own doubts. Only 14 months ago I left a well paying job with a Fortune 500 company to come and work at Open Door Mission. It does not make sense…but tomorrow, we are closing on our first house, a dream we’ve had for over 10 years! In addition, because of the tax credit we will receive, all our other debts will be paid. Who would have thought this would be possible?

So, when you feel God leading you to do something, or if you seem to be up against an insurmountable obstacle in your life… remember that God’s Ways are Not Our Ways. Trust in Him, and remember Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Darren Timberlake, Community Relations Coordinator

13 May 2009

What's Your Blessing?

Hi, this is Candace,

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

• A big thank you to Lori and Ashley for spending their valuable time today volunteering at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They where able to help sort, organize, and stock the shelves so low income families and individuals can come supplement their income and prevent homelessness.

• Vince and his team from Prudential Ambassadors are spending part of there night volunteering in the kitchen. They are helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children. If you are a business owner and want your team to have a life changing volunteering opportunity please contact Cris today at 422-1111 or at cmorris@opendoormission.org

• Frank and his team from Glad Tidings ministered in Chapel through music and testimonies to the many hurting men living in the men’s emergency services area.

Summer is here and that means that school is almost out. For only $49, you can send a child to Children’s Summer Bible Day Camp for an entire week. Your $49 donation will pay for one child’s hot nutritious meals, safe supervision and even field trips for an entire week of Summer Day Camp. Please visit opendoormission.org for more information

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

True Peace in Your Life


Philippians 4:6-9,

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me -- put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." (NIV)

I find I tend to worry, but I am finally realizing that worrying is a passive, non-productive activity, so I am actively making a concentrated effort to better follow Paul's teachings. I also see these verses practiced on a daily basis by those that live and serve at Open Door Mission/Lydia House. Today a mother shared with me that by losing everything and needing to come to the Mission her family has come back to their faith and though daily life can be stressful, she says her family has never been happier or closer.

Our Mission leaders have shared that each day, a new challenge appears with the construction of the new Lydia House, but they focus on knowing that God is providing the right solutions and people to have a successful completion.

Last week a precious volunteer shared how she is watching her husband change in the early stages of alzheimers and how she does find peace in knowing that God will be providing her strength.

I am so thankful that Open Door Mission/Lydia House's services are based in God's Word and real solutions are offered, so that all who walk through our doors have the opportunity to learn about Christ, leading to True Peace in their lives.



Ronda Nelson
Lydia House Assistant Director

12 May 2009

PREVENTION


Hi my name is Judy Collins and I work at the Timberlake Outreach Center. Our clients consist of people in the community who are in extreme crisis, the working poor and the near homeless. One of our objectives at the Timberlake Outreach is preventing people from becoming homeless. We do that through the various Prevention Programs we provide, like our furniture program, Kings Kloset, 29/11 Program, Worknet, and our Life Skills classes.
Last Month our staff helped meet the needs of over 6,500 households through the services they received at the Open Door Mission. People who walked through our doors received items like food, clothing, diapers, household items, and furniture. These items are given free with the hope that our clients will take the money they would have had to spend on these items, and put that money towards paying their rent or utility bills. This helps our clients stay in their homes and enables them to receive basic needs they would not otherwise be able to purchase.
We also provide Life skills classes that help our clients learn and grow so they can enrich their lives, improve family relationships, obtain better jobs, and seek higher education. Some of our Life Skill classes are:

GED classes, Tues, & Thurs from 12:00 – 2:30PM
ESL Life Skill classes, Tuesday & Thursday from 9:00 -10:00AM (child care is provided)
See How They Grow, a child development class from newborn to five years of age. Tuesday from 10:30-11:30AM
Common Sense Parenting, Wednesday 10:00-11:30AM
Music Together with Janelle, this is a Music & Arts class for parent & child. Saturday from 10:00-11:15AM

We also provide tutoring for math & reading, budgeting classes, nutrition & meal planning, and computer classes.

As I said before the work at the Timberlake Outreach Center is PREVENTION and through our programs and Life Skills classes we are helping to prevent many of our near homeless, working poor clients from becoming homeless. We are grateful to all our donors, volunteers, resource people who have partnered with us to help change lives, one person at a time. We couldn’t do it without you!

Joyfully serving Jesus,

Judy Collins, Assistant Director of community Services

Volunteering is "Elementary"


We have had so many great groups the last couple of weeks. But some of my favorites have been the elementary school children who have volunteered at the Open Door Mission. We recently had 20 students from Cornerstone Christian School in Bellevue. The 6th -8th graders came and out and helped make over 200 sack lunches.

Here at Open Door Mission, we firmly believe that hope starts with a meal, and so these kids spent some time bagging hope for the homeless and hungry in our area. What could be cooler than that!? It is so important to teach children how to serve, as they are our future Senators, congress men and women, judges etc. I truly believe if you teach a child how to serve while they are young they will be servants all their life. I believe too, that watching children serve can be very instructive to the rest of us.

Without volunteers ODM could not function. Our staff of around 60 gratefully works side by side with our dedicated volunteers as we serve our 1500-2000 meals every day, answer our phones, open the mail, teach classes, clean, stock, sort and shuffle, and so much more.





Volunteer & Partner Director

Cris Morris

What's Your Blessing?

Hi, this is Candace,

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


• A big thank you to Molly for volunteering her time at the Timberlake Outreach Center. She helped sort, organize and stock the shelves so low income individuals and families can come supplement their income and prevent homelessness.
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• Lori and her group from Coram Deo are spending their valuable time tonight volunteering at the mission. Part of their group are spending part of their evening volunteering in the kitchen. They are helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children. The other part of the group is volunteering at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They helped sort, organize and stock the shelves so low income families and individuals can come supplement their income and prevent homelessness.

• Mark and his team from Salem Church are here tonight ministering in Chapel to the many hurting men that live in the Men’s Emergency Services area.

Summer is here and that means that school is almost out. For only $49, you can send a child to Children’s Summer Bible Day Camp for an entire week. Your $49 donation will pay for one child’s hot nutritious meals, safe supervision and even field trips for an entire week of Summer Day Camp. Please visit opendoormission.org for more information



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

08 May 2009

Abundant Blessings at Open Door Mission

Every staff position at the Open Door Mission is a true blessing because we have the chance to touch hearts and transform minds as we reach out to folk with the love of Christ. I feel special as I have the opportunity to "share the story" of Open Door Mission we people in the larger community. It is an exciting story to tell as many lives are changed and we are literally growing as an organization as the new Lydia House is being built. It is a great facility and will allow the love of God to work through the Open Door Mission to engage even more lives.

The special joy of my job is meeting people throughout the community to support the ministry through their prayers, volunteering time, and sharing most generous gifts. Our "partners in ministry" have such large hearts and pass the blessings they have in life to so many others as they gift the Open Door Mission. If you would like to hear "the story" of Open Door Mission just give me a call at 402-829-1538.

Blessings

Scott Shreve, Senior Development Officer

Open Door Mission has been Blessed

Hi, this is Candace,

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


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• A big thank you to Alyssa and her group of youth who spent part of their day volunteering at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They helped sort, organized and stock the shelves so low income individuals and families can some supplement their income and prevent homelessness.

• Patricia and her group from YES are spending part of their evening volunteering in the kitchen. They are helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

• Randy and his group from Westside Church are her tonight ministering in chapel to many hurting men that live in the men’s emergency services area.

• 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 tomorrow May 9th anytime between 2 and 4pm for the volunteer fair. You can sign up to come each month to help make a difference at Open Door Mission



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

07 May 2009

In memory of Marshall…


I work the business side of the mission. I do not often have the opportunity to see and visit with the men, women, and children that Open Door Mission serves each day. However, I do cross paths with many on a day to day basis.

My husband, Dan, and I went to see the movie The Soloist this past weekend. My co-workers are actually surprised because I rarely go to a movie that has a great amount of drama. But we were intrigued by the subject of a homeless-mentally ill man, probably because we both work at the mission. We were both pleasantly surprised, Hollywood actually told a story with some accuracy regarding the plight of homelessness in America. The movie reminded me of Marshall. He was a wonderful man that lived at Open Door Mission and worked in my department for several years.

Marshall graduated from the Journey to Work Program last September. He was so proud of his accomplishment. He gave everyone in the office his graduation photo. I am not sure he had ever completed anything quite like that in his life. A week later Marshall went home to be with the Lord. He was one of the most diligent people I have ever had the honor of working with. He mainly stuffed envelopes and ran the postage machine, but was always willing to do whatever we asked. This month we would have celebrated his birthday. Marshall and I are the same age, but lived very different lives.

I used to walk by his desk and hear him say “God Bless Candace, God Bless the Mission”. He arranged his things very particularly in his work area. Marshall touched my life in many ways; I learned a lot of valuable lessons from him that I will take with me for the rest of my life. I rarely saw him when he was not smiling and enjoying every task we asked of him. I thank God for those lessons learned. Enjoy every minute and enjoy every task—no matter how insignificant others may think that it is.

Karen Applegate
Open Door Mission's Director of Advancement

Open Door Mission's Blessing

Hi, this is Candace,

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


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• A big thank you to Robbie and his team from Westside Church who is spending part of their evening volunteering in the kitchen. They are helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

• Cindy, Tiffany, and Kellie are spending part of their evening volunteering at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They are helping sort, organized and stock the shelves so low income individuals and families can some supplement their income and prevent homelessness.

• Pat and his team from Calvary Christian Church are her tonight ministering in chapel to many hurting men that live in the men’s emergency services area.

• 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 May 9th anytime between 2 and 4pm for the volunteer fair. You can sign up to come each month to help make a difference at Open Door Mission



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

06 May 2009


A very busy but blessed week here at the mission. Last night was our Annual Silent Auction and Dinner. I had a great time meeting with all of you and enjoying the testimonies given by Phil and Selina. I hope you were able to find at least one auction item that you could not live without! I was at the "hair, nails and massage" table and it was a hot spot for everyone as mother’s day is soon approaching and the gift certificates and spa packages made for great gift items.

This morning was an early day as it is our monthly program promotion gathering for all of our clients on our long term programs. About 50 of us were there singing, praying and giving our congratulations to those who are completing levels and moving forward on their programs. This is my monthly adrenalin boost!

Also don’t forget that this Saturday is our Graduation Ceremony for the Journey to Work and New Life Recovery Programs. If you liked hearing Selina and Phil at the dinner you will be blown away by the other 14 who are sharing their lives and accomplishments through Christ and the Open Door Mission. It begins at 11am and after we have a great buffet lunch and cake! I hope to see you there as we celebrate the limitless possibilities of what Christ can do. Have a GREAT WEEK!

Charity Watts

Lydia House Director

What's Your Blessing?

Hi, this is Candace,

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


• A big thank you to everyone that came out to the 6th annual Auction and Dinner last night at the DC center to hear about changed lives at Open Door Mission. We had a great turn out and a great time of fun, food, and fellowship.
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• Karen and her group of students from Cornerstone School are spending part of their day volunteering in the kitchen. They helped prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

• Lori spent part of her day volunteering at the Timberlake Outreach Center. She helped sort, organized and stock the shelves so low income individuals and families can some supplement their income and prevent homelessness.

• 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 May 9th anytime between 2 and 4pm for the volunteer fair. You can sign up to come each month to help make a difference at Open Door Mission



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

05 May 2009

Lydia House Day Supervisor


Greetings from the Lydia house!! My name is Leann, and I’m the day house supervisor for the single women and families that stay with us. I do many different things, from answering the hotline phone when folks are looking for shelter, to being the person they will see when they first come in.

First we do all the paper work for each client that is staying with us and then it’s a great Blessing for me to be able to make sure each person coming through our doors feels like they’re at home.

I get them their linens, towels, hygiene products, clothes and make sure they are not hungry. For me, it’s very personal because I have been homeless with 3 children. Feeling alone, broken, tired and hungry. So now for me to give someone a hug and tell them it’s going to be okay and say a prayer for them and let them know they are not alone is HUGE, and it is a true Blessing when you get the chance to see some of our clients smile!

Blessings for Open Door Mission

Hi, this is Candace,

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


• A big thank you to Molly for volunteering her time at the Timberlake Outreach Center. She helped sort, organize and stock the shelves so low income individuals and families can come supplement their income and prevent homelessness.
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• Lauren and her group from Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church are spending part of their evening volunteering in the kitchen. They are helping prepare and serve the hot nutritious meal to the many hungry and homeless men, women, and children.

• Roger and his team from Liberty Baptist Church is here tonight ministering in Chapel to the many hurting men that live in the Men’s Emergency Services area.

• 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 May 9th anytime between 2 and 4pm for the volunteer fair. You can sign up to come each month to help make a difference at Open Door Mission



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

04 May 2009

IT@opendoormission.org

Rich and SonHi this is Jason,

IT guy @ Open Door Mission. I just want to say thanks to two special donors. First Richard Settje, better known as the PC Santa, donated 10 PC's in good working order recently which enabled me to upgrade our slowest Computer lab, and get started on supplying the computers necessary for another one. Rich has determined to supply more PC's and equipment as time goes on, and we are richly blessed that he has a heart for the homeless and hungry in the Omaha area.

My HelperSecondly I would like to thank Max from Iowa for his continued compassion toward the homeless and needy at Open Door Mission. He has donated several computers and faithfuly supports our Rebuilding Lives Campaign. Which has been a blessing to many people and an inspiration to our staff.

Thank You for your support, and thank you Lord for the opportunity to be a part of what you are doing here.

Open Door Missoin has been blessed

Hi, this is Candace,

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


• A big thank you to the Urban Plunge group from Blair that spent their Saturday Morning volunteering the time at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They helped sort, organize and stock the shelves so low income individuals and families can come supplement their income and prevent homelessness.
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• Maria and her daughter are spending part of their evening volunteering in the kitchen. They are 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 at the Timberlake Outreach Center 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. At the same time Scott is volunteering in the Learning Center so the program members can have extra time to work on their GED or their other educational studies

• 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 May 9th anytime between 2 and 4pm for the volunteer fair. You can sign up to come each month to help make a difference at Open Door Mission

Z Car Club of Nebraska

Thanks to the Z Car Club of Nebraska, Hy-Vee at Oakview Mall and all the other sponsors of the Open Door Mission Charity Car Show which was held May 2nd.

Over $1000 was raised for Open Door Mission.

Sherwin Williams Painting Training



Graduates of the Sherwin Williams Painting Training sponsored by the Omaha Chamber of Commerce.

02 May 2009

Intercessory Prayer Team



A week ago I was involved in a motorcycle accident. Though I sustained minor injuries, one of the people I normally ride with, a staff member at the mission, was quick to let the staff know to pray for me. At the Open Door Mission one of the greatest things I get to do is pray for our donors and supporters. No matter how small or large the request we as staff consider it an honor to lift your requests and praises to the Lord. Here at the mission we don’t just minister to our clients we enjoy ministering to our volunteers and donors as well. Feel free to contact Open Door Mission at any time with a request or praise that is going on in your life! Maggie Cope, Open Door Mission’s Communications Coordinator, leads the Intercessory Prayer Team. She can be reached at mcope@opendoormission.org





Kathleen Lacy

Development Specialist

01 May 2009

A Different Kind of Anchor


Spring is finally getting here, can you believe it? (Oh, ye of little faith) I know, it’s Nebraska and … I have a hard time trusting the good old Nebraska weather too! But just think, not long and I can be out fishing on weekends (If the wife lets me out of mowing the lawn) –Or-- if it doesn’t rain (like it is right now, while I am writing this). Well, you can only say so much for the beauty of tropical weather, huh?
The really exciting thing is that graduation is coming up very soon and we in Men’s Recovery can proudly announce the graduation of 11 program men. That’s right 11 (no I didn’t accidentally hit the #1 twice). In our wildest imaginations, we would have never hoped for 11. That is a record number for us. Man, we are really blessed by that. Not just because of the number, but because of the quality. Our men are genuinely fine Christian men who have gotten well on their way to discovering their true potential in Jesus Christ! It’s been more than exciting for staff members to see the change in the men’s lives and to know that we have been used by God to be a part of that change.
I was looking at one of the men who had finished our WorkNet Program, and joked with another staff member that I hardly recognized him anymore just yesterday. You know, it’s really thrilling to see the change and to see the new pride and sense of self-esteem that the men have. Only Jesus Christ could perform the miracles that each of them have to tell about their changed life. With the turmoil on the world political scene, the unstable economy, etc., it’s good to have an anchor like Him. They now have that!
And speaking of anchors, these men could surely tell you about a different anchor that used to be in their lives. An anchor that kept them from going any place and kept them trapped in a lifestyle that takes miracles to change. (Funny how we convince ourselves that God doesn’t perform miracles any more) (At least at times) but the staff here can tell you that Jesus Christ is performing his greatest and most complete miracles today. We know, we see it every day here at Open Door Mission. Just a thought for the day, but what a privilege to see the men believe more and more in Christ and how He makes them believe more and more in themselves as they do!


Happy graduation to all!


~Stan Latta

Men's Recovery Services Director