30 July 2010

Preventing Homelessness

Our work at the Timberlake Outreach Center is PREVENTION; helping our clients, who are the working poor and near homeless, while they are in extreme crisis. We do this by providing them with food, clothing, diapers, household items, and furniture. All of these items are given free with the hope they can take the money they may otherwise have spent on these things and use it toward paying their rent or utility bills. This helps them stay in their homes and enables them to receive basic needs they would not otherwise be able to purchase.

The suprising thing about poverty and homelessness is that the average age of a homeless person now is only nine. Yes, it is children living in crises as their parents struggle to survive. Yesterday, during King’s Kloset, I spoke with two mothers who shared how Open Door Mission has helped their families get through these tough economic times. What follows are their comments and pictures.

Monique, mother of four, said shopping here has helped her cloth her children and receive household items she would not otherwise be able to purchase. They said they love to go to the toy area—not only to get something for themselves, but also for a brother and sister unable to join them and their mom today.

Tara is a working mother of four who said she didn’t have enough money to purchase the diapers and clothes her children need, so she was grateful to be able to shop here once a month. She also said the food pantries help supplement her grocery budget. Tara is planning on attending Metro this fall with the goal of becoming a Dental Assistant in future.

These stories are just two among hundreds whose lives are being changed through the work God is doing at Open Door Mission. We are grateful to all our donors, volunteers, resource people and staff, who have partnered with us to help change lives—one person at a time. We could not do it without you.

By the way, if anyone has small children’s hangers you no longer need, would you PLEASE bring them to Timberlake Outreach Center? We have great need of them.

Joyfully serving Jesus,
Judy Collins
Director of the Timberlake Outreach Center


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29 July 2010

Summer Blessings—A Look Back

These past few weeks of summer, I have been blessed to speak at various organizations. I have especially enjoyed going to different churches. First of all, I love the diversity of God’s people. I really like seeing the different architectural styles—I’m partial to older churches showing amazing craftsmanship. I’ve traveled to both small and larges ones, with services for anywhere from 25 to 350 any given Sunday. The common bond I observed was the love of God and the desire to serve others, particularly through Open Door Mission.

Secondly, I was impressed by the love I felt in each place. Imagine walking into a fairly small church and seeing 67 handmade quilts hung over every pew and then being told you get to take them all back to the Mission! I enjoyed attending a Vacation Bible School where the children had collected 150 pounds of personal care products along with hand tied flannel blankets for our Lydia House. It was more than a joy to tell these children that their compassion for others has touched my life in such a special way.

Finally, I loved being part of a greater fellowship with other Christians. My relationship with my home church is vital and nourishing for me. However, to be so lovingly embraced by so many of God’s children in so many different places was like a little piece of heaven on earth. I believe we sometimes forget how blessed we are to be a part of the whole “Church”. We are many parts of the complete body and work together to show encouragement and guidance to the lost and hopeless.

Would you like to be a part of that “whole body” that helps others? There are many ways individuals, churches, groups and organizations can do just that at Open Door Mission. Please call me today. I would love to help you make a difference in the lives of others.

Maggie Cope
Communications Coordinator

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28 July 2010

Blessings

It is truly an honor and privilege to be on staff at Open Door Mission. Everyday there are opportunities to touch the lives of men, women, and children with the “Good News” concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. Since I work in Men’s Ministry, let me say it is a joy being around men who stay here, whether for a short time, or are committing to one of our programs. They are hungry in spirit, soul, and body. We, as staff, have the great blessing of ministering to the needs of the whole person, on a daily basis.

As a driver, I look for opportunities on my shuttle runs to show the love of the Lord in word and deed. Working the early shift means that most of my runs involve taking the men downtown, so they can find work for the day. We make sure to carry sack lunches on the van so they are set up for the food they need to work. Through kind people, like yourselves, God is doing some great things here at the Mission, and He is allowing me to contribute in many ways.

Thank you,
David Eischeid
Garland Thompson Men’s Center Van Driver

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26 July 2010

Mother Robin

Working at Lydia House, you see first-hand the effects of the current economic crisis. Women and families are losing jobs and homes. Fear of the unknown shows on the faces of our new residents as they enter the building. You can see they are fighting the instinct to just run away. However, after a short time of being shown God’s love and hearing a few kind words, they begin to calm down and make the decision to stay. This is when we, as staff, begin to see a new trust in God blossom in them. As a result, in a few short weeks, they have begun to learn how to survive and are getting ready to move out and take care of themselves.

I want to share a story with you about a mother robin who decided to build her nest on the entrance lamppost at my home. This lamp is only about two feet from my face as I walk by everyday. This bird has been perched on top of this nest for several weeks; frozen, never moving an inch and fighting every instinct to fly away when I pass. She is believing me to not harm her or her young. Seeing this, has helped me realize how much trust this mother has put in me. That brings to mind the residents at Lydia House putting their trust in all our staff. We must all act much like this mother robin and trust the Lord to keep harm and chaos at bay, protecting us and our families.

Angela Casper
Lydia House Night Supervisor



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23 July 2010

Homelessness knows no Vacation

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The needs of hungry, homeless people in the Heartland don't rise and fall with the changing seasons. The needs are always great. But you can help.

During the summer months - when families take vacations and change their routines - we simply don't receive the support we need to meet these constant needs. Please give now.

With your help, we can ensure a life-changing summer after all! So please - make your gift now. Thank you!

May God bless you for caring!
Candace Gregory
President/CEO

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20 July 2010

Don’t You Just Love Change?

The Timberlake Outreach Center serves more than 6,000 families each month. It is truly a blessing to serve in a ministry vital to so many people. As one of the full-time staff at the Center, I am in a unique position of working alongside a vast array of volunteer groups and individuals. Without the awesome assistance, it would be impossible to fully serve our clients.

Over the last couple of months, we’ve been taking a hard look at programs and services offered here. The goal is to ensure that everything we do is in line with Open Door Mission’s threefold objective – Save, Equip and Disciple. Anything that does not fulfill one of those objectives is either being eliminated or streamlined.

I must admit this has been difficult, because it is never easy to break out of a comfort zone! However, it’s clear that, if relying on our human attributes, this task would be impossible. Only by examining scripture and seeking God, daily, in prayer, can we be successful.

Philippians 3:12-15 is an excellent passage that has helped me keep going. This is the Apostle Paul writing here. Obviously, we know he was not perfect. We do know what he accomplished, the books he wrote, and the way he served the Lord right through to the time of his death…and that is a humbling thought. He is writing in this passage that even he had to “press on” and reach forward” to overcome his human weaknesses.

Comparing what I know about myself to Paul, makes it quite clear there is no way I can be successful without God. My point is – no matter how hard the situation, how overwhelming the task, let us never forget whom we are serving. The Lord has the power and wisdom to provide us with the strength to accomplish the impossible.

Do you want to be a part of the ministry at Open Door Mission’s Timberlake Outreach Center? Then sign up to volunteer at www.opendoormission.org, or call Cris 402-422-1111, ext. 1504.

Darren Timberlake
Timberlake Outreach Center Community Case Manager

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17 July 2010

WorkNet

One of the wonderful programs offered at Open Door Mission is WorkNet. It is available to both residents and the community, and is taught by Joy Stevens. During the three-week class, students learn what skills and interests they have. They practice interview techniques, beef up their résumés, and actually begin the job search process.

I asked one of our clients, Carla, about her experience. She said, “It got me on the path God intended for me…with Joy’s help. It’s a place to discover your purpose.” For Carla, that included going back to college - working toward degrees in Chemical Dependency Counseling and Social Work. She wants to “bless others as she has been blessed”; more importantly, she wants to set an example for her son.

Another student, Rachel, said to me, “I’m tired of being poor. I want something better for myself and my family. Now I know I can make that happen.” After completing WorkNet, she applied for and obtained a position in the medical field. It pays well, even though Rachel does not have her GED. She wants to find something better, but knows this job will allow her to support her family – while working toward her GED.

What I see in the people who complete WorkNet, is a look of pure joy on their faces…that same look soon-to-be mothers often have. They are full of possibility and potential, and this new hope shines through. They know something wonderful and amazing is about to happen. They cannot wait for the future and what God has in store for them.

Micole Harms
Learning Center Director

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16 July 2010

Matching Funds

I have the joy and pleasure of working with the most generous people in the Omaha area. As Senior Development Officer, I work with those who donate funds to support the work of Open Door Mission. These folk understand that it takes significant resources to provide food, shelter, and life changing programs for nearly 400 people every day of the year as well as preventative services to another 200 or more every day. Those who give to Open Door Mission do so with a real sense of purpose and joy; that is to help others move through rough patches in life and help them be self sufficient in the future. As I visit with donors, I see they have gladness in their hearts as they know they’re helping break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. They are fulfilling God’s desire for all who give. "So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9:7).

In addition to supportive individuals, I would like to site one company as an example of the business sector that provides tremendous support. Cargill, the international producer and marketer of food, has a branch in Blair, Nebraska. They not only match the gifts their employees give to Open Door Mission, they double that. Recently that meant an extra $5,300 for Open Door Mission! There are many businesses throughout the metropolitan area that have leaders with charitable hearts.

Thanks to one and all, individuals and businesses, who support Open Door Mission with purpose and joy. It is a true honor to have you as our partners.

"He who is gracious to the needy honors God." Proverb 14:31

Scott Shreve
Senior Development Officer
email here
402-829-1538

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15 July 2010

Donor Appreciation

My position with the Mission is in the Development Department, where the majority of “behind-the-scenes” support work gets accomplished. We are responsible for processing all mail, donations and data entry. So, we don’t always have as much face-to-face contact with our donors as some of our other staff.

However, every now and then, while opening mail or emails, we will receive a praise or “appreciation” note from someone.

We love knowing our clients are getting the help and hope they need here, with your support. We also really love hearing volunteers tell how much they enjoyed their experience with us. It is especially nice, however, when we receive kind words such as those shared with us earlier this week. One of our supporters wrote that she and her fellow ministry members wanted to praise and applaud the work being done at Open Door Mission. They thanked us for our passion and dedication to helping those in our area who are in so much need. Most of us think of our jobs as, first, serving the Lord which, in turn, translates to helping others. The most important task here is to give hope, encouragement and help to those who come to us in need. However, it is nice to hear that the effort is being noticed and appreciated by members of our community. That message was forwarded to all staff and many returned notes of “thanks” for that recognition. This was not a matter of ego….most of look for affirmation from God and fellow workers. No, their glow came from knowing what we do is noticed and matters! Praise the Lord.

Dee Best
Donor Database Manager

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10 July 2010

Alley Poyner Macchietto Builds Water Towers!

Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture heard the call for help and responded in an awesome way. They started a Beat the Heat drive to collect water, sunscreen and other summer products to ease the sting of summer. They built “water towers”, resulting in over 350 pounds of bottled water! They also collected sunscreen and lip balm and even some summer toys for the children.

We are blessed to have Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture as a partner. They designed the new Lydia House which allows us to serve 46 families and 72 single women looking for new life. They are also the designers for the new Permanent Supportive Housing apartment building that has just been started. The apartments will allow Open Door Mission to serve our clients and community with affordable, transitional housing.

You may not be able to design buildings, but you can build “water towers” for Open Door Mission. Please consider having your office, company, church or organization build “water towers” so the Mission can provide clean bottled water for the homeless in the metro area. Build a “water tower” (or several) and take a picture and we will post it on Facebook with your company or organization’s name. Please call me at 829-1554 to set up a Beat the Heat drive now.

Maggie Cope
Communications Coordinator


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09 July 2010

No Picnic for the Homeless

A couple of weeks ago I worked with a group of volunteers on a picnic basket mailing. They came to Open Door Mission to serve. In the beginning, they hesitated because several thought they were going to serve a meal. I’m sure a few even scratched their head at the thought of stuffing envelopes for the Lord.

The task was huge. We were stuffing 80,000 envelopes in one week. Those of us who have worked on such a massive project before thought it was crazy to get the job done in ONE WEEK. An email went our asking for help, and almost 100 people came to volunteer one Saturday. As groups came to volunteer during the week, we kept plugging away.

On Friday we were down to 35,000—I thought this an impossible task, but not so. A group of women from GFWC were in Omaha for a national convention. Over 70 came throughout the day. They were from all over the country and from many walks of life. You know what? It was a great day. Not only did we finish the project, we shared much wisdom. We shared what God has done and continues to do at Open Door Mission.

Those volunteers saved us thousands of dollars. In fact, because of the work of almost 10,000 volunteers last year, many lives have been transformed. Without these caring people, many men, women, and children would never be able to transition back into the community - independent and self-sufficient.

You may receive a “picnic basket” in your home in July. When you do, thank God for the many hands that worked on this project and the lives changed by the support of thousands from the Heartland. Please consider returning the envelope with your gift.

For more information on opportunities to help break the cycle of homelessness and poverty check us out at www.opendoormission.org or give me a call at (402)829-1518.

Karen Applegate
Advancement Director

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08 July 2010

Permanent Supportive Housing

When I think of Permanent Supportive Housing, I also think of the scripture that says:

"For thou hast been a shelter for me,
[and] a strong tower from the enemy.”
Psalm 61:3 KJV.

The residents of Permanent Supportive Housing are diverse, yet very similar in needing a place of shelter as they put into practice the things they have been taught as they practice living a clean and sober life.

I see the great things God is doing in the lives of each individual and I stand in awe of God. I asked one of the Permanent Supportive Housing college students, “Did you think that you would ever go to college?” He reply was “I didn’t think that I would get my GED and now to be in college, the answer is no; I never thought this was possible for me.”

As I see lives continuing to change, I am blessed to be on the front row seat to see the great things God is doing. God does work miracles and he is doing it daily in the lives of the people living in Permanent Supportive Housing. He has truly been the shelter and the strong tower when we have needed it most and provides for all our needs.

Jeannette Blackstone
Permanent Supportive Housing Director

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07 July 2010

Filling the Library

Central Church of the Nazarene Ladies’ Book Club sponsored a book drive to provide quality reading material for the women, children and families at Lydia House. They collected almost 300 pounds of books for our clients to enjoy.




What a blessing to have a good book to read on a lazy summer day or to share a favorite story with your child. Like so many of us, the families and women at Lydia House love to read. The donated books will give the children an opportunity to stretch their imagination, explore new ideas and go on ‘mind adventures’.



After delivering the books, some of the ladies and their children took a tour of the new Lydia House. They were able to see how their donations will make a difference in the lives of others.



Would you like to make a difference in the lives of others? There are many ways you can reach out and help others at Open Door Mission by volunteering for a “hands on” experience: meal preparation and cleanup, stocking shelves at the Timberlake Outreach Center, or sponsor a drive to provide over-the-counter meds, socks and underwear, food and many other items.



I would love to visit with you about how YOU can make a difference. Please call me today.



Maggie Cope
Communications Coordinator

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05 July 2010

Urgent Need for Over-The-Counter Medicine

“Ms. Kate, I have a really bad headache. Do you have an aspirin?”

“Ms. Kate, Jr. fell outside and skinned his knees and hands. Do you have any ointment and bandages?”

“Ms. Kate, I think I have a really bad cold/allergy coming on. Do you have any medicine?”

“Ms. Kate, my baby is cutting teeth and needs baby Tylenol or Orejel to help her sleep.”

“Ms. Kate, I think I have stomach ache. Do you have an Tums or Pepto?”

I get these questions daily. Unfortunately I don’t always have over-the-counter meds to give them. Every day, supplies we take for granted could keep our residents from making a trip to the doctor or ER.

Over-the-counter meds for…

  • Colds and Allergies would prevent bronchitis, pneumonia and eye infections for children and adults. Upper respiratory infections can be prevented here at the Mission, with your help.

  • Pain Relief and Fever Reduction help our clients from needing stronger, addictive narcotics for their pain. They are working hard to break the cycle of addiction. Ibuprofen or non-aspirin pain relievers could help them make wiser decisions in pain relief.

  • Coughs would help stop the spread of germs. We are trying to avoid outbreaks by keeping everything clean but if the coughing persists, and we have no medicine, it could become an epidemic. (Cough meds should be alcohol free for our adults and children.)
Please consider picking up extra over-the-counter meds for Open Door Mission next time you’re at the pharmacy.

Kate Fischer, LIMHP
Emergency Services Coordinator

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03 July 2010

Plans of the Lord

My church’s weekly sermon was based on 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.” As I sat there, I was reminded of the first time I read that scripture. My husband just lost his job. We had 2 children and $50.00 in our checking account. I was working part time for “just over” minimum wage. From my perspective, I was asking God, “What was He thinking?” But nearly 25 years later, I look back now and see how a moment in life that seemed tragic, really changed many areas of my life and my family’s.

If Dan had not changed jobs, I would have never begun my journey at Open Door Mission. I have had the privilege of working at the Mission for over 22 years. I have seen many changes—part of God’s plan, not only for my life, but for the different caring people He has put in my path. I have met so many that love God so much they have dedicated their lives to His service. Hundreds of staff, volunteers, and donors that provided service to thousands of homeless and near homeless men, women, and children each year.

I have watched individuals and families break the cycle of homelessness after generations of bad decisions. They are now self-sufficient and contributing to the Heartland. This transformation begins with God, but He uses people to carry out His plan.

I have watched the campus grow from one building to several blocks of facilities, where lives change daily. Outside my office I am now watching heavy equipment move dirt where later this year will be a Permanent Supportive Housing facility. This will provide safe haven and 41 apartments for men, women, and families. Wow! God has a great plan ─ and I am so honored because He chose me to be a part of it.

So, what is my point? What is God’s plan for you? If you want to see lives change daily, check us out at www.opendoormission.org, or call me at (402)829-1518. I would love to visit with you to answer any questions, or give you a tour of what God has planned for Open Door Mission.

Come be a part of God’s plan.

Karen Applegate
Advancement Director

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02 July 2010

Internships

I would love to send a big THANK YOU to all the area colleges and universities partnered with Open Door Mission that have their senior students do their internship training at the Lydia House. Over the past year I have had the pleasure of working with four Master’s level counseling, social worker and Bachelors level human services interns.

They came in a bit timid, but soon adapted to the whole experience. They established rapport with participants quickly and assisted in parenting skills, anger management and impulse control decision making. They also learned to control clients’ attitudes while talking with authority.

Our interns have been instrumental in monitoring family activities, including educational tutoring, work assignments, behavior goals and daily chores. They responded to challenges and were great teachers and role- models for problem-solving skills.

It’s exciting to see these young minds come trained in their disciplines and develop into skilled professionals, using the gifts with which God has blessed them.

If you are a college student and need internship hours/credit, please consider giving your time and service to Open Door Mission. We love having you!

Kate Fischer, LIMHP
Emergency Services Coordinator

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01 July 2010

Planting Seeds

Last week, I was reminded when we try to handle things on our own it does not work. When we let go, and let God, it always works!
A lady came into the Timberlake Outreach Center. She had approached staff in the dining hall asking about food to take on a bus ride to Texas. This awesome co-worker of mine went out of his way to find her a female staff member that could help her.

As I was speaking with her, I found that she was homeless and had been living on the streets for about a month. She did not want to stay at the Open Door Mission, but she was coming down for meals. She began to realize we were here to help; she finally approached someone to request assistance.

She had decided that she could not keep going down the same path. She called her family in Texas. They paid for a bus ticket to get her home. Her last obstacle was to get the things she had hidden behind an apartment building and get enough food to last the 2 ½ day trip. She was desperate and very fearful about not having enough to eat.

I was able to find her some microwaveable food and a bag for it. That was the easy part. Then, I talked to her about God, how He will let us try on our own if that’s what we choose. However, that it is much easier if we let Him guide our path. This woman did not know much about the Lord, but she listened and allowed me to pray for her. As she was sitting in my office with tears streaming down her face, it really struck me how hard she had worked to make things better for herself. Now she needed God to take control and do all that for her. I sent her off with prayer, a “Step up to Life” tract, and a hug. She thanked me over and over for all the help.

What was most exciting for me though, was the spiritual seed that will grow and blossom in the Lord’s perfect timing. I love my job!

Amy Harvey
Assistant Director of Timberlake Outreach Center


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