31 August 2010

Restoration

Last year, I received a phone call from a tearful woman looking for her sister. She explained that she needed to apologize for the way they had parted three years earlier. I explained that I could not confirm her sister was here, but I would take her information and deliver the message if I located her.

Later that day, I did see her sister and asked her into my office. I gave her the message. It was a good thing she was sitting down. Tearfully, she asked many questions about her sister---how she sounded, what did she say, etc. This woman held that small piece of paper tightly, as she shook from the raw hurt and pain of the past. She said she would have to think about whether or not to call her sister back. We prayed, and she left my office clinging to that small piece of paper that had instantly changed her life.

The next day, she came to me and said she was ready. She asked that I stay with her as she called her sister back. She needed the support. I pulled another chair up to my desk and dialed the number. I busied myself at my desk as the two woman connected again. There were many tears, and moments of laughter, as the two forgave the past and shared what had been going on in their lives. I watched as the raw pain and hurt healed and restoration took place.

Although they live hundreds of miles apart, they have talked several times over the past year and have grown in God’s restoring love. Our resident has joined the Journey To Work Program. She claims Jeremiah 29:11 as she holds on to the knowledge that God has hope and a future for her. She wants to know the plans He has for her life and live them to the fullest.

But Wait!! The story’s not over! There is another inspiring update coming soon!

TO BE CONTINUED……

Kate Fischer
Emergency Services Coordinator

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30 August 2010

Staff Volunteer Too!

Last Saturday morning, I met with my college Alumni group from Nebraska Wesleyan University for the 2nd annual "Lend a Hand to Omaha" volunteer event. Twenty-three adults and three children showed up. We split into two groups; one going to Hillrise Elementary in Elkhorn to mulch trees-- the other coming to Open Door Mission.

Once at Open Door Mission, we again split into two groups. One group worked at the Timberlake Outreach Center on various projects, and my group was assigned to deep clean the kitchen. One woman volunteered to scrape down and clean the fryer. The rest of us were assigned to empty and scrub down the walk-in cooler. By the time we were done, we were all covered in cleaning products mixed with whatever was on the walls, ceiling, and floor. Listen, I don't even like cleaning my own fridge, but we had fun. I can’t say the cooler is completely shiny or new looking, but it's clean, it smells good and the old food is gone and there is room for the new.

I could have slept in that day. I suppose I could have decided that since I work at the Open Door Mission, I already do enough, so let the volunteers do this type of work. So, why did I show up? Great things do happen here and as a staff member, I know there is always more to be done at the end of every day in order to make special things possible. I wanted to help because it was only a few hours of “my time”, and I knew it would make a big difference.

Many staff come in during their own time to help transport our guests to various activities (Jazz on the Green, Henry Doorly Zoo, bowling, etc.). Some come with their college Alumni group, church, or family to volunteer. Others come to help with community events, such as the Walk-a-Thon and Drumsticks on Wheels. The Walk-a-Thon is coming up, and I will be one of the walkers. It only takes an afternoon, and it does make a big difference. I encourage you to also take the time to volunteer. Join me!

Micole Harms
Learning Center Director

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28 August 2010

And We’re Walking…

Yes, we are walking at the 3rd Annual Walk-a-Thon to support Open Door Mission and we want you walking with us! This is a family friendly, elderly friendly, kid friendly, singles friendly, church friendly, work friendly, volunteer friendly, and just plain friendly event. On Sunday, September 19th, any time from 1:00-4:00 pm, you are invited to start walking from Gallup University to Open Door Mission-- approx. one mile away. For a small registration fee of only $19.20, not only will you provide ten meals at the Mission, you will receive a specially designed T-shirt (destined to be a collector’s item in the years to come), a bottle of water, and a chance to meet other walkers and friends of ours.

But wait-- there is more…when you arrive at the Garland Thompson Men’s Center you will be greeted by staff and the delicious aroma of homemade soups and breads. These are being provided by ten of our top area chefs, and three local bakeries (check the link on our website to see who will be there). You will be able to sample a variety of these food treats all in one place. I know you are thinking-- Wow! What a deal! However, there's even more… you can take a tour of the Mission, discover the Timberlake Outreach Center, and see the new Lydia House. You can also view the plans for the new Permanent Supportive Housing building and new Garland Thompson Men’s Center. After you have just spent a wonderful day walking, enjoying delicious soups, and meeting new people, we will shuttle you back to your cars.

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by! Go to http://www.opendoormission.org/ and click on the Walk-a-Thon link to register today. This is fast and easy--you can even choose to pay on-line or on the day of the Walk-a-Thon. We will be looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, September 19th. Please join us.

Maggie Cope
Communications Director

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27 August 2010

Many Make It Happen

Omaha, Clarinda, Council Bluffs, Papillion, Loomis…these are the towns I have recently visited or am scheduled to on upcoming Sundays. The size of the town and denomination of the congregation changes from week to week. Yet, each church I visit is filled with people who have a heart to make the love of Christ real-- especially for those in need. Each has a ministry connection with Open Door Mission or would like to explore becoming partners with us.

On Sundays, I share how lives are being transformed through meals served, shelter provided, and life changing programs offered at Open Door Mission. God breaks the cycle of homelessness and poverty in the lives of individuals and families here. We have folks from the Omaha area, Clarinda, Iowa (90 minutes away), Loomis, Nebraska (3 hours away), and everywhere in-between, share their time, talent, gifts, and prayers with those in need.

The people of God are amazing. He calls on each heart in a unique and wonderful way. As each congregation responds to the Lord's call, we see changed lives at Open Door Mission and MANY MAKE IT HAPPEN. When I return from a church visit, I may be hauling back tangible expressions of love such as socks, clothes, diapers, food, and love offerings. I'll also have intangible expressions of love, prayers, and commitments from folks who wish to volunteer in the future.

I always return in awe of these people I have met and their hearts of love. I would like to meet you too! Please consider inviting me to visit and share with your congregation. Just give me a call.

Scott Shreve
Senior Development Officer
402-829-1538

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26 August 2010

Have mercy on me, for I am in distress!

I met a man arriving at our Men's Center late one night in July. He came into my office and said, "I do not know what to do. I'm here because of problems with my wife, my health keeps getting worse, and tomorrow I have to stand before a judge in Federal Court because my disability benefits may be taken away."

"I have good news for you", I responded. With a doubtful look on his face, he waited for my next comment. I continued with "God brought you to this place to experience his supernatural intervention in your life; He wants you to own what He says in Psalm 31, which teaches us that God listens to the prayers of those who are afflicted and cry out to Him".
Have mercy on me, for I am in distress!
My eyes grow dim from suffering.
I have lost my strength. - Psalm 31:9

That night, this man prayed in tears and with all his heart. I knew God was about to do something for him. I didn't know what, but I knew he had become His child. After our meeting, I had little chance to see him much. However, three days later, he approached me and said, "I keep my disability benefits.... the judge finally approved it!"

The LORD deserves praise for
He demonstrated His amazing faithfulness
to me when I was besieged by enemies. - Psalm 31:21

Sincerely,
Jonathan Lopez
Garland Thompson Men's Center Hispanic /Latino Coordinator

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25 August 2010

Donated Opportunities

The women and families of the Lydia House are continually blessed. This last week, I had the opportunity to take some of the residents on a few “field trips”. It was exciting to see them and interact with them--outside the Lydia House. These outings, give our people time to put aside their issues, their situations, and just have fun. Whether it be at a Royals baseball game or going bowling, it gives them all a chance to be themselves and have fun, in a healthy way.

Saturday night when I took the residents to the Royals game, one of them came up to me and said, “Jessica, I have never been to a baseball game before.... sober. I always thought I needed to be under the influence to have fun, but I was wrong. I am having a great time, and the best part is--- I will remember this forever.”

I am so thankful for these eye-opening experiences our families have, simply by going to a game. I'm also thankful to the donors who donate tickets to different activities that allow us to provide these adventures. The residents thoroughly enjoy their time away and can just have some clean fun!

Jessica Michaels
Lydia House Case Manager

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24 August 2010

A Lydia House Permanent Supportive Housing Success Story

A referral and application for our supportive housing came across my desk recently. I processed this one as with all of them…in prayer, because God knows who needs us most and where they are on their journey.

When I later met this applicant and her mentor, I was struck by the awesomeness of our Lord. I asked her why she wanted to live in Supportive Housing and she said, “I need to live in a place where I feel safe. You see, I’ve been clean and sober for 9 yrs. and where I live right now is not good for me. It is way too easy to walk back to the old neighborhoods, and I won't go back to the person I use to be.”

She was looking for ‘a shelter and a strong tower from the enemy.’ I am so pleased we were able to extend her the safety, encouragement and support she so desperately needed. God knew where she could find the answers to her prayers, as she continues her Christian walk with Him. He directed her steps, and now she is living in our Permanent Supportive Housing. She is so excited about her “little home” and all the things God has already done just since she's been here.

Jeannette Blackstone
Permanent Supportive Housing Director

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23 August 2010

Back to Work

John came to the Mission about 4 months ago. He had fallen on bad times, lost his job and apartment and had nowhere to stay. When he got here, he heard about the Journey to Work program and said he would like to participate. He started and about two months later, decided that he was going to turn himself in because of some past legal matters. He did not have any money to pay for restitution and knew he would have to spend some time in jai. He was expecting the judge to incarcerate him for about 6 months. He asked me to write a letter explaining where he was and what he was doing---that he was trying to make things right. I wrote, explaining the Journey to Work program for the judge. Before signing it and handing it to him, we said a prayer to bless this letter.

He left the Mission to go and serve his time. He was given only 30 days! Then John was back in the Journey to Work program and had no more legal matters pending. He said now he just needs to get a job. I connected him with an employer in the community who hired him, and his first day of work was 8/18/10. John is thankful the Lord blessed him with this second chance and that the Open Door Mission has accepted him back into the Journey to Work program.

To God be the Glory.

Tyrone Abdul
Journey To Work Coordinator

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21 August 2010

What a great week at Lydia House!

Kids went back to school, parents are busy in New Life Recovery, Journey to Work, and Work Net classes, families moved out to permanent housing, and new families are moving in!

Most joyful today, is a mother who (due to incarceration) had not seen her young children for two years. She moved into her own Lydia House efficiency apartment. The grandmother drove the children from out-of-state to reunite with their mom this afternoon. We had to jump out of the way when the kids saw their mom and ran to her. It has been a couple hours now and when I walk by their apartment, they are still laughing and talking while settling in.

It is amazing what a simple Lydia House efficiency apartment will mean to this family’s life. I tell our women and families that the goal here is to relieve the stress of where they'll be living, so they can devote their energy and attention to other issues in their lives. I see shoulders and faces visibly soften and relax. Unless you have been homeless, it is hard to imagine how much that takes from a person and how it robs you of positive opportunities. When a person is assured that they and their family are safe, they move on to restoration and establishing their faith, relationships, health, life-skills, education, and community responsibility. All that from a small area within four walls.

I encourage you to come by for a tour so you can see and hear first-hand about life-changing recovery happening daily at Open Door Mission. Just call Cris at 402-829-1504 to arrange a tour.

I also encourage you to come and volunteer – it will change your life as well as bless us with much needed assistance. I personally need a detailed, organized volunteer with spreadsheet, word processing, and proof reading skills that would come at least once a week. They would assist me for the next couple of months, for an important project I'm doing. Just give Cris Morris a call at 402-829-1504.

Thanks for caring,
Ronda Nelson
Compliance Director

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20 August 2010

Remembering Ed Meyer

I only knew Ed Meyer for a little over a year from working with him at Open Door Mission. It only took a small fraction of that time for me to realize he was a class act.

I met Ed because I had asked him to fix something in the kitchen----which I continued to do later on. I was struck immediately by how important it seemed to him. I was new to the Mission and he seemed like he had a lot of other work to do already – probably more pressing. However, whenever I asked him to repair something, he made me feel it was the most urgent thing in the world. He was determined to get it done.....and it never took him long.

I didn't always know what to say to him , but he sensed I enjoyed his company. I would just come up to him when I would see him and say hi. Then, if we weren’t too busy, I would stay a moment, maybe asking him how things were going. Ed would start telling me a story about his past, or a joke, or fact about our city. I always felt at ease with him after that.

I always got the feeling Ed never took his days for granted. That reminded me of the verse: James 4:15. He was very wise. Another scripture that comes to mind (on this sad occasion of his passing) is Ecclesiastes 7:1 “A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.” Ed personified these things. He will be greatly missed.

David Duncan
Production Chef

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19 August 2010

Garland Thompson Men's Center

With over six months under my belt as Director of the Garland Thompson Men’s Center, I am amazed by God’s handiwork. I was blessed to have been on the Board of Directors for a few years, and have also enjoyed volunteering. Through all that, He has brought together a staff at the Garland Thompson Men’s Center that reflects Jesus Christ everyday to the men they serve.

With staffing positions still open, they have stepped up time and time again to cover timeslots and positions that normally are not theirs. They do so without complaint. While filling these positions has taken longer than I had hoped, it is apparent God has seen fit to deliver men who possess qualities mentioned in 2Peter:5-8. His glory shines through these men. I am a better man for them being in my life.

Sincerely,
Patrick J. McKernan
Garland Thompson Men's Center Director

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18 August 2010

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like…

The smell of turkey roasting in the oven, pumpkin pies cooling, digging out Christmas decorations--oh it's beginning to look a lot like the holidays. What did you say? School is just starting-don’t rush the season!" I more than agree with you. However, as the Communications Coordinator at Open Door Mission, it is my job to make sure we're ready to serve the homeless and near homeless during those holidays. So, I begin preparing very early to make sure we can help as many as possible.

We can’t help the needy without your help. Every year the people in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area open their hearts and pour out abundant blessings to the clients we serve. I am already planning for Turkey'n'Fixin's, Drumsticks on Wheels, Christmas Bells, and Project Santa. I need your help. Please consider having a drive at your workplace, church or organization to provide food or Thanksgiving pantry boxes to give to those in need. As you start thinking of Christmas shopping, would you pick up some extra toys (we serve children from birth through high school) for Project Santa? Do you like to knit or crochet? We would love to have some hats, scarves and mittens for children at the Lydia House and Timberlake Outreach Center. Is your heart for the homeless men, especially our veterans? Christmas Bells provide basic needs and some extras for our singles. If shopping isn’t your thing, maybe you would like to help deliver Thanksgiving boxes through Drumsticks on Wheels. I know I can find a way for you to help others.

Please call (829-1554) or email me to be one of the first to set up for a Fall drive or arrange for a speaker to come and share why your help is so vital to changing lives at Open Door Mission. You can make a difference in the lives of others by providing hope to the hungry, hurting and homeless. I am looking forward to your call or email.

Maggie Cope
Communications Coordinator

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17 August 2010

Friends of the Friendless

The Friends of the Friendless is a group that comes on the first Tuesday of every month for volunteer projects. It is always a fun time catching up with them over the wonderful lunch provided by our kitchen. We go over the latest happenings at the Mission and discuss those volunteer projects.

During the last meeting, the group made over 300 sack lunches for the kitchen, rolled hundreds of silverware packets that are needed for the over 1700 meals served daily. These Friends also help us organize in the Timberlake Outreach Center where our services empower families to stay in their own homes. Thanks to all who make a difference at the Mission! We couldn’t do it without you. There is always plenty to do and we have alot of fun. All are welcome for an awesome experience.

For more information on volunteering, please contact Cris Morris at 402-829-1504.

Corine Sawadogo
Volunteer & Partner Assistant

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16 August 2010

God Provides

My name is Kelli. As Case Manager at the Lydia House, I see both the varied needs found in working with the homeless population, and how God provides for them.

I was thinking the other day about how it’s both the big and little things that give glory to the Lydia House..... a place many call “home” for a season in their life. The bigger needs we have are provided in our new building as it shelters us from storms (we took cover twice this summer when the weather turned severe), keeps us cool in summer (Whew!) and provides warmth when it's cold outside (hard to remember that right now). It is a safe environment for resting, regrouping and renewing the work of addressing individual issues of homelessness.

However, the little things we need have also been provided. This includes countless volunteers who come to pamper us (Spa Night with Eagles Nest), educate us (Girl Scouts presenting a Nutrition class for the children), and teach us (Bible studies). Then there are the people who just pull up to the Lydia House and donate a baby swing (it went to a mom who just asked for one the day before!), crayons, coffee and bagels - - - all the way to the "Tooth Fairy", who visited a 5 year old boy from Missouri the night he lost one of his teeth.....he was spending his two week summer vacation up here with his mom and step dad. Yes, it’s both the little things AND the big things…

So, never assume that what you’re thinking about doing isn’t BIG enough. God provides, and He may be prompting you to be the giver of your time, talents or treasures!

Kelli Young
Lydia House CaseManager

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13 August 2010

Water Patrol

This week has been by far the hottest week of the summer, with temperatures in the high 90’s and heat indexes above 100 degrees. So everyday, at 3:00pm, staff from Open Door Mission have gone to the Gene Leahy Mall and walked around handing out cold bottles of water. I personally handed out water on Monday and Thursday this week. At first I was not too happy to be stuck outside in the scorching heat, then having to go back and work until 10pm. However, after walking a few blocks and handing out quite a few bottles of water, my attitude changed. The looks on the people’s faces when I told it was FREE made it worth it. They were so thankful for this small gesture on a day when water is something desperately needed. I just thank God that we were able to provide for many people that were in need this week! God is good!

Jessica Michaels
Lydia House Case Manager


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11 August 2010

Bible Day Camp Update

Look at what the Lord has done. We have just completed Open Door Mission's Bible Day Camp. I’m here to report that our God is good and faithful. He kept us all safe (staff & campers) all summer. Besides a few bumps and scrapes, we all made it. We really had a great time and our theme was “The fruit of the Spirit.” Everything at camp was based on them. The Children and Youth Department and counselors want to thank you for your prayers. There were times during the camp that we felt them. We want to thank all the people who make this possible every year.

Here is a brief summary of what took place this summer:
• 10 weeks of camp
• 125 kids enrolled
• 17 kids made professions of faith
• 40 Field trips
• 175 scheduled ministry activities
• 15 full time staff
• 75-100 volunteers

Wow! What a summer! We would also like to thank Bob Gjere and the Turning Point staff for the gym every Fri., staff at Lake Manawa, Nancy (every Tues. & Thurs.), and for the staff at Hope Skate (every Wed.). The children and staff were also blessed by spending a week of VBS at King of Kings Church, and West Hills Church (Terri). One last thing, the children had the chance to get a NEW back to school outfit & shoes through Back to School Bash. The blessings of God never cease! Lord willing, we will see everyone next summer.

Pastor Tyrome Charleston
Children and Youth Director

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09 August 2010

Come Thou Fount of Many Blessings

There is a great hymn called "Come Thou Fount of Many Blessings" that has the following phrase:

Jesus sought me while a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.
These words not only remind me of my personal salvation (at a time I was not really seeking Christ, but he apparently was seeking me!), but also of the heart of Open Door Mission. We do not just wait for those in need to find their way to us for food, clothing or shelter, but we go seek them. On blustery hot days we take water and lunches to those out in the elements, who may not have the capacity to come to us. On bitterly cold winter days, staff drives around in our van encouraging people to come have a hot meal or a place to stay. We go into jails and prisons to meet with inmates who would otherwise be homeless upon their release. As ambassadors of Christ, we too “seek them while still strangers wandering from the fold of God to rescue them from danger”... all in the hopes that their lives be interposed (placed in an intervening position-- Miriam Webster) by Jesus’ precious blood. Yes, Jesus came to seek and save the lost and we are His ambassadors.

Chaplain Joy Stevens
Prison Ministry and WorkNet Director

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07 August 2010

Interview with Yavette

Last Wednesday, Open Door Mission partnered with Feed the Children , to offer assistance to 800 near- homeless families in the Heartland through a program called “Americans Feeding Americans”. We are so thankful to partners in the community that help us empowers low income families and individuals to remain in their own homes and prevent homelessness.

Yavette's family was one helped by this program. She is a single mother of 4 boys, 3 of whom are teenagers. “As a parent, I find it an everyday struggle just to make ends meet. I must buy food, pay bills, clothe my children and purchase enough gas to get back and forth to work. Then she heard about Open Door Mission. She was not only thankful she got a food box, but also household cleaning supplies and hygiene products for herself and her family.

You can hear the full interview on Saturday Aug 7th at 6:30 pm on KCRO - 660 AM or Sunday Aug 8th at 8:00 am on KFAB - 1110 AM.

James Cummings
Executive Administrator

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
• Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Interested in hosting a drive for new items? Contact Maggie here

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06 August 2010

Volunteers

All our volunteers at Open Door Mission are very special to us. We appreciate them in ways we cannot sufficiently express. One who brings a smile to our staff and clients is a young man named Scott. He comes every couple of weeks to do story time with our kids at Lydia House. He came Tuesday, bringing his own young son, and had a very fun time. I suggested to one darling little girl that the Creepy Crawly Bug Book would be a good choice and she thought so too. When I peeked my head in a few minutes later, all the little girls were screaming (as anyone who has had little girls can appreciate), as only they can do! Scott read, the girls screamed joyfully, and I laughed, enjoying the simple fun of the moment, right along with them. Scott was still smiling as he drove away, but did pause to tell me that he owed me one!? Hmmmmm??

Great fun and a great blessing as warm hearted volunteers share simple pleasures. Thank you Scott, and thank you to all who have given their time and talents to ODM!

Cris Morris
Volunteer & Partner 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
• Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Interested in hosting a drive for new items? Contact Maggie here

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05 August 2010

Provision

My name is David Bernard and I have been working at Open Door Mission for just a few months. I never cease to be amazed at how our God provides. I see first hand how those in need are fed and housed on a daily basis. God makes provision to minister to those in need here and it is an honor to be a part of that.

Respectfully,
David Bernard

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
• Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Interested in hosting a drive for new items? Contact Maggie here

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04 August 2010

In Training...

I am training for a new position that gives me an opportunity to get into the community and reach out to those who are looking for a safe place to go. I received a phone call today from someone that was in a detox facility. She was not able to come to the Lydia House for an intake interview, so I offered to go to her. The look on her face when she came through the door was priceless. Little do those applicants know, that I get more pleasure going out to meet them than they realize. She ended up giving me a hug so tight, I can still feel it an hour later. Oh how I love that God is equipping me to be right in the middle of the harvest from planting those seeds that He is going to water! Taking me to those lands that I am so familiar with. Praise the Lord!

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
• Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Interested in hosting a drive for new items? Contact Maggie here

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03 August 2010

Volunteers are a Blessing

One of my responsibilities as a development associate at Open Door Mission is entering volunteer hours into our data base. Summer is a season when volunteer groups of all kinds join us and that has created plenty of work for me (that is a good thing.)

Sometimes our volunteers leave comments on their sign-in sheets. I couldn't help but notice one day as I entered volunteer hours into our database, that volunteers really like Open Door Mission. Let me share some of their comments with you.

Kayla said, "I loved visiting with the residents and staff. The staff is awesome. Thanks."

Lane said, "It was awesome. I love JR and Mike."

Melvin said, "Great staff and nice organization."

Cidnee said, "I had a lot of fun. Paul was my buddy."

Anonymous said, "The cooks and people who ran the kitchen are probably the nicest people I have ever met."


Wow, who ever said data entry was boring? Those comments made my day.

Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Share your summer with the people at Open Door Mission and be blessed.

Judy Ward
Development Associate

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
• Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Interested in hosting a drive for new items? Contact Maggie here

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02 August 2010

August at Lydia House

We will have a very busy August here at Open Door Mission. The first two weeks are dedicated to our children and meeting their needs for going back to school. It is also the final week of Bible Day Camp. What a great summer we've had, watching our children grow spiritually, enjoy the outings and have fun with their counselors. I can't wait for August 6th when we'll see what the children have come up with for their end- of -year skits, and see what certificates they've earned. I love to shop, so the next two weeks are going to be so much fun! Our kids will get to pick brand new items in our Back to School Bash store at Lydia House. I can’t tell you how great it is to see their faces, especially after the mini "fashion show" they put on before they leave the store with that perfect outfit for the first day of school! We are also blessed that our children will get fresh new haircuts before that day. It has been a great summer at the Mission and I am looking forward to Fall and cooler weather.

Thanks so much,
Charity Watts
Program 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
• Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Interested in hosting a drive for new items? Contact Maggie here

Sign up to Volunteer

Donate Now