29 June 2010

Thank You

I am often saddened in my position by having to tell someone we are full and cannot shelter them today. Our staff works with callers, giving them resource numbers, including our own Timberlake Outreach Center. They try to help them get by until a room would open up here, or at another shelter. As I think about this, it leads me to acknowledge all the pieces that fit together in my life. If just one fell away, what a desperate situation I could find myself in (I immediately called my mom to say thanks for all she has been to me.) I also thought about all the pieces that fit together here at Open Door Mission that makes this such a place of hope for so many.

I wanted to say thanks to each of you. I am thankful for the generations before that toiled to start the Mission, faithful donors and prayer partners, staff that chose to serve, program members who have grown here, children who flourish here, and volunteers who give of their time and talents to make this a better place. I am in awe of all of you! Thank you for serving and giving – you are a piece that pulls so many out of desperate situations. God Bless you!

Ronda Nelson
Compliance Director

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28 June 2010

Students in Ministry

I sat in church Sunday morning watching a slideshow and listening to the high school choir sing. I was again amazed that kids were so willing to give up some of their summer for a mission trip. Yes, they got to go to Colorado and white water raft and visit the Air Force Academy. However, they spent most of their time singing at nursing homes and women’s shelters. They took a chance and sang Christian songs in a public park. They chose to share God's word through song.

Since I have been working at Open Door Mission, I have seen many groups of students come through to volunteer. A few weeks ago, I sat at my desk surrounded by a group from Catholic Heart Work Camp. It was fun listening to them share family and faith stories. They came from all over the country – Illinois, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Wisconsin. As they sat stuffing envelopes and talking, I knew they had all come with a heart for God.

Thank you to all the students who choose to come to Open Door Mission – who go to Colorado to sing God's Word – and head to West Virginia to help in underprivileged neighborhoods. You may not totally realize now what your presence means in all these places, but everyone who is helped, does.

In Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Sue King
Development Specialist

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24 June 2010

Making a Difference

This past weekend started off with a great “Friday”. I went to Ford Motor Credit to pick up personal care items they had collected for our clients. The special part was that they had also collected money for our general fund. This does important things like pay utility bills, keeps water running and lights on. A great big thank you to Ford Motor Credit!

When I got back to Open Door Mission, I was privileged to give a tour to a faithful donor and her aunt. They gave a generous contribution to purchase food toward the 1,700 plus meals we serve, on a daily basis. In the summer, this is especially appreciated, as the number of families, men, women and children seeking food goes up. Did you know that the children in our Bible Day Camp get three nutritious meals a day? We want to make sure they have all they need to stay healthy and enjoy the summer. A short time later, I gave another tour of the new Lydia House – this time, to a staff’s family from out of town. It was enjoyable to share how the Lydia House is helping families and women find a Summer of Hope. The best part was seeing the legacy of giving and caring in this family, because their nieces had all volunteered and worked at the Mission during their school years.

Sunday found me at Hanscom Park United Methodist Church, sharing a “Mission Moment” with the congregation. It was a blessing to see three friends at church, as well as meeting others interested in Open Door Mission and Lydia House. Thank you to Pastor Mike for letting me come and share how God is working in a mighty way through the support of churches and people in the Heartland. Yes, it was a very good weekend-not only was Open Door Mission and Lydia House blessed, but so was I!

How will you help?

Maggie Cope
Communications Coordinator


Make a difference in the lives of others by donating your gently used clothing, furniture and household items. Donations can be dropped off at our receiving area now located on the east side of the Timberlake Outreach Center, 2107 E Locust St
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23 June 2010

New Life

My name is Korina, and I am a former graduate of the New Life Recovery Program. During my stay, I was so grateful to Open Door Mission. I was given the opportunity to re-establish my relationship with my Lord and Savior, as well as re-connecting with my children. I came to the Mission with a history of addiction to meth and alcohol, which had me bound for years. But the Lord, loosed my chains and set me free, not only from addiction, but from the Douglas County Jail! I met a wonderful woman, “Chaplain Joy”, while at my lowest point, ready to give up on life, and the chance of being with my kids, while they were still young. In black and white, it looked impossible. But, “with God, All things are possible”!

After graduating in May of 2009, I came back to volunteer at the Timberlake Outreach Center. It was a way to give back what was so freely given to me. I wasn’t looking for a job at the time – but after witnessing the changes in the new Lydia House, I thought, “Why not apply?” So I applied for the Receptionist Position. Within a couple of days, I was hired. I come to Open Door Mission everyday with such gratitude, and have many opportunities to minister to those in need. It’s not a job to me…this is full time, front line, Ministry.

Korina Freemont
Lydia House Receptionist


Make a difference in the lives of others by donating your gently used clothing, furniture and household items. Donations can be dropped off at our receiving area now located on the east side of the Timberlake Outreach Center, 2107 E Locust St
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22 June 2010

Trials and Tribulations

There are times in my life when I observe the struggles and tribulations endured by others. Of course, I keep them in my prayers and hold them up in spirit, but at the same time I can’t help but wonder why. Why such trial and tribulation?

Well, today one of those questions was answered. I watched a fellow staff member work with two Sudanese clients who were attempting to obtain their naturalization papers. There were so many forms to be filled and so much red tape, yet, Jonathan was unfazed. He navigated and maneuvered through the red tape like a seasoned captain. Then it hit me. This is why he and his family experienced so much difficulty getting into the country. The LORD was preparing him to help others. What a great GOD we serve and never to be questioned.

II Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

Jesse Powell
Men’s Emergency Services Coordinator


Make a difference in the lives of others by donating your gently used clothing, furniture and household items. Donations can be dropped off at our receiving area now located on the east side of the Timberlake Outreach Center, 2107 E Locust St
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19 June 2010

Changing Lives

I wanted to share with you a comment I received from a resident that touched my heart:

"Hi Candace, this is Karen, one of the women at Lydia House. I just wanted you to know that I feel so safe and at peace here. When I graduate in September, I will have a wonderful, fulfilling testimony to give on how Open Door Mission staff have helped me and given me so much encouragement when I wanted to give up. I have gone through more than you could know. On graduation day, I want to touch your hearts even more than you and your staff have touched mine. Please know, for sure, that I have learned THERE IS A GOD AND HE IS A HEALING AND A LOVING GOD. Thanks for having a place for me to come when I needed it the most. I LOVE YOU!"


Thank you for breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty...without you, this story would not have been possible.

Candace L. Gregory
President/CEO

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17 June 2010

Senior Day

Here at Open Door Mission, we have days where Senior Citizen’s can come shop and fellowship. They are able to shop at their own pace.

I take home donated jewelry where I clean it and divide it into bags. Then I have a jewelry table where they can pick out several nice pieces to wear on special occasions or just to make them feel good. Some will tell me stories of the past, or just something that makes me laugh. I look forward to these days. One lady even looks through the jewelry for crafts she makes.

Mary Ambrose
Development Associate (Volunteer Jewelry Lady)

Make a difference in the lives of others by donating your gently used clothing, furniture and household items. Donations can be dropped off at our receiving area now located on the east side of the Timberlake Outreach Center, 2107 E Locust St
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14 June 2010

Variety of Volunteers

I stand in amazement at the variety in our volunteers – ages, faces, background, talents and abilities. This is a picture of a long time volunteer, Jackie. She comes down once a month, with her church, and serves meals. She has grown to love her time at the Mission and rarely misses. Here, Jackie is stepping out of her normal volunteer mode, using her professional hair styling skills to help one of our WorkNet clients prepare for the job market. He had taken our 3-week class, had a stellar resume, application and honed interview skills. He only needed a haircut to give him the professional edge needed to land a job. Jackie stepped up to the plate and gave this gentleman the “Princeton” haircut that he requested. We were all excited to see the difference a few moments under her expert shears could do to transform his looks, and instill that last bit of confidence he needed to face employers.

Joy Stevens
WorkNet Director

Make a difference in the lives of others by donating your gently used clothing, furniture and household items. Donations can be dropped off at our receiving area now located on the east side of the Timberlake Outreach Center, 2107 E Locust St
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09 June 2010

The Menial and Monotonous

The menial and monotonous tasks are to be done by someone else, I want to do the big important stuff! We sometimes get people that have this mentality. It isn’t too rough because someone has to do the big important stuff too, but the boring and repetitive tasks can be hard to fill.

This weekend we were blessed to have Brookside Saturday Serve, combined with a large response to an “emergency request” for volunteers, helping stuff our bulk mailing. They brought a smaller number group than in the past, but huge in heart and usefulness. These people were smiling, laughing, and working hard.

The task of preparing mailings saves the Open Door Mission LOADS of money, but is not an exciting task. The lack of excitement and interest makes people not want to do it. But having the type of people that came from Brookside and the “Emergency” group made the day fly and quite enjoyable.

I look forward to these sit down times because it provides an opportunity to really talk with our awesome volunteers. Thanks to everyone who blessed us with their time and company.

Taylor Clinch
Volunteer & Partner Associate

P.S. Thanks especially to those who laughed at my joking and giving them a hard time!

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05 June 2010

Commonality

My co-worker recently wrote about the global ministry at the Timberlake Outreach Center, with people coming here from all over the world (see blog from May 18, 2010 - The World at Our Doorstep). They come not only with many different languages, but, with language barriers. Somehow, God always makes a way to communicate! Here is one such story…

I recently met with a mother and her three children. The baby was crying while one child danced about like a hummingbird. I decided it might be too much to ask them to come to my office to complete the service form, so I sat down beside her. I noticed the dancing child wore a harness around her belly, with wires coming from it. I asked the mother what this was, but the mother could not speak English. As my eyes followed the wires, I discovered it was a cochlear implant for hearing. The little girl was deaf – thus her freedom to dance unhindered!

Her mom was a mixture of frustration and embarrassment – until I raised my shirt and showed her my cochlear implant, attached to the waist of my pants. A HUGE smile of relief and disbelief spread across her face. She spoke to her little girl in their language, and she came to stand before me. I lifted my shirt and showed her my receiver – but the little girl did not understand. Then I showed her the part that is magnetized to my head, and her eyes grew as wide as the smile on her face. She proceeded to show me hers! I don’t see others with a cochlear implant very often, but for that moment, we shared something. We didn’t need language to do so.

That is so God. He puts people in our path, and makes a way, when none seems clear. I am certain this little girl and her mother left here with hope for their future. Something so unusual and as rare as a cochlear implant was used to bridge our communication barrier. See the irony in that? That is God!

Kelli Young
Community CaseManager

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04 June 2010

Position Change, a hidden blessing

I began a change of duties at the Mission when the new Lydia House opened in January. For over two years, I had been working in the Children and Youth Department and I was not sure that I would like the switch. It was hard not working close to the children whom I grew to know and love. Then the change of duties and schedule began. I have always worked during the day, but the change would require me to work as Night Watch Supervisor. It was hard for me to think about not being in much contact with people during those hours.

Now its been almost six months since I started working the night shift and it is a blessed change! I realize now that God has placed me in this position for a reason and I do enjoy working those hours. I do sleep during the day, but I am getting adjusted. I do miss working closely with the children, but I get to see them when they wake up. It has been great to minister to single women and families who need assistance during the overnight hours. A lot of my work is data entry, which has increased my knowledge of Excel, and other programs. One of my jobs is waking the clients and issuing medications. I begin the day with a cheerful weather forecast which informs the clients and seems to begin their day praising the Lord. Again, it has been an adventure working 12AM-8AM, but still a blessing.

Janice M. Loud
Lydia House Night Watch Supervisor

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03 June 2010

Calming the Storm


That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, "Let us go over to the other side." Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, "Teacher, don't you care if we drown?" He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
- Mark 4:35-39


Last Tuesday, my husband John said to me, "Let’s travel from Scottsbluff to North Platte, NE." When leaving, we took Jesus along in the car. We headed east and there were other vehicles on the road. A furious squall came up and the clouds of dust broke over and around our car so that we could not see; it was a blizzard of dust. Our car was nearly swamped. In our panic, we stopped, started, turned around and turned around again. We stopped a second time, and this time we said to Jesus, "We remember that you can calm the wind, would you please do that now?" Jesus rebuked the wind and said "Quiet! Be Still!" The wind died down and it was completely calm. We could see now and were no longer terrified. We continued on our journey and arrived safely at our destination.

Does Jesus still perform miracles? When you're a part of one, you know that he does.

I invite you to be a part of the miracles He performs every day at Open Door Mission. At our monthly Friends of the Friendless meeting, you can be a part of Jesus’ miraculous work transforming people's lives. You can make sandwiches, sort clothes, or help with important mailings. Then, when evening comes, you can rest with the joy that comes from being part of a miracle.
Judy Ward
Development Specialist

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01 June 2010

Basic Needs - You Can Help

Last Saturday, I had the honor of speaking at the kick-off for Andrew’s Eagle Scout project. Andrew decided he wanted to do a project that would directly impact families and their immediate needs. He chose to do a diaper drive for Open Door Mission. To some diapers may not seem important. However for the families of infants and toddlers, they are vital to daily living. Andrew chose to make a difference in the lives of others by fulfilling a basic need. Would you like to meet some basic needs in our community?

Open Door Mission is in need of bottled water. Yes – water – because not everyone has access to a faucet. We need that water for those on the streets who are thirsty and facing dehydration in the summer heat. Please consider purchasing a case of water, or more, for Open Door Mission to hand out.

We need new socks for men to protect their feet and provide comfort. Many of us might not consider the possibility of not having socks, but for the homeless, they can be a very special gift. Next time you are shopping, choose to make a difference and purchase some socks for those most in need.

Open Door Mission invites you to be a part of providing basic needs to those in our community seeking a Summer of Hope. You can make a difference in the lives of others – just like Andrew did.

Maggie Cope
Communications Coordinator

Make a difference in the lives of others by donating your gently used clothing, furniture and household items. Donations can be dropped off at our receiving area now located on the east side of the Timberlake Outreach Center, 2107 E Locust St
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• Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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