29 September 2010

9 Years Old and Surprising

I met Alexis and her mother early Sunday afternoon during our Walk-a-thon. They were volunteers. Mother and daughter were preparing the tables for all the walkers when they arrived to enjoy soup and bread before a tour of the campus. I asked her mother how they decided to volunteer at Open Door Mission. Her mother said Alexis, 9, wanted to volunteer and help people. The mother checked places where they might volunteer and Open Door Mission was the only organization she could find that would accept a volunteer who is only in 4th grade. Alexis has a special heart, wanting to help others, and Open Door Mission knows folks of every age can make a difference.

Later, that same afternoon, I gave tours of Open Door Mission’s campus to many of the walkers. One group included a 9 year old boy. At the end of the tour his mother said her son wanted to give something. I was intrigued as he approached me. He said he wanted to contribute all the money he had in his pocket to help the people living at Open Door Mission. He emptied his pocket of 14 quarters and 3 pennies. He is a young boy with a special heart, wanting to help others.

As I recall those children I remember the Bible verse from Matthew 18:2: Jesus called a little child to come to him. Jesus stood the child before the followers. Then Jesus said, “I tell you the truth. You must change and become like little children.” Yes, like those 9 year old children, each with a special heart, wanting to help others.

Scott Shreve
Senior Development Officer

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28 September 2010

S.O.S. Teams

Open Door Mission continues to be blessed by the efforts of so many wonderful volunteers. I know I have said it a thousand times, but we really could not do it without you! Even as we celebrate our abundance of blessings in the volunteer department, our need for help continues to grow. Our greatest area of need right now is for help in our Timberlake Outreach Center. We call them SOS (Sort, Organize, and Shelf) teams. Our SOS teams may not be doing the most glamorous work, but their efforts are felt and appreciated by the thousands of struggling families who depend on this facility to help them from having too much month at the end of their money.

Shoppers at the Timberlake Outreach Center supplement their income by shopping at no charge for clothing, house wares, books, toys, and even furniture and appliances that have been generously donated. We are thrilled to report that those donations continue to come in, and while we work every day to get those items on the shelves, we have an increasing challenge to keep up. SOS teams come to our rescue by digging into those donations, sorting them, and getting them on the floor. We have a number of church and community groups as well, as families and groups of neighbors, who come in for a couple hours each month to help in the Timberlake Outreach Center, and they have a lot of fun.

So as I say Thank You to all those are helping already, I also say Help! Please consider a gift of your time and talents helping us stock and organize the Timberlake Outreach Center. We really do need you!

It continues to be my honor and great pleasure to work with our caring volunteers.

Blessings,
Cris Morris
Volunteer & Partner Director

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24 September 2010

Unexpected

This last June, I began my journey as Director of Lydia House at Open Door Mission. I came with expectations and preconceived ideas as to what I would experience in my day to day role. I was aware that Lydia House was a shelter for women and families; that sleeping accommodations were provided and hot meals were served three times a day. I knew I would minister to many people and would oversee the day-to-day operations. Yet, I did not expect to have so many of our clients touch my heart so deeply.

Over the past four months, those seeking a safe place to live have become part of my extended family. I found myself caring deeply for their well-being-- spiritually, physically and emotionally. I look forward to the greetings I receive whenever I enter the door. I am blessed with one-on-one conversations, where I get better acquainted with the individual stories. I then gain a better understanding of what brought them to Lydia House in the first place. Yet, the greatest blessing of all, is seeing how real life-change is taking place in so many of our women and families. People who came without hope, now look to a future with promise. People bound by deep chemical addictions are being set free. People spiritually lost, have found Jesus Christ and accepted Him as their personal Savior. Those growing in their relationships with Him every day, now realize He is where their hope really comes from.

As you can see, Lydia House is a very special place. I would love to have you come and experience it first-hand. There are many volunteer needs (everywhere on Open Door Mission's Campus) I know many of you could help meet. We can use additional support with clerical, janitorial, phone support, childcare, youth mentoring, librarian, event van drivers, life-skill coaches, activity hosts, and much more. I invite you to come….and be blessed.

Celeste Norman
Lydia House Director

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23 September 2010

Hunger Remains

Hi everyone. I am Chef Claude and honored to be the Hospitality Director at Open Door Mission. I am entrusted, along with my staff, to put to good use all the food items, so generously provided by our donors, in order to feed those of His children in need. My testimony is that I get to see, each and every day, the blessings of God through all of you who help us in providing three hot, nutritious meals that we are grateful to serve.

The Hospitality Department at Open Door Mission thanks you for your donations and generosity, because we are about to embark on the busiest time of the year, and we need your continued support.

Thank You,
Claudzell Meeks
Hospitality Director

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21 September 2010

Greater things have yet to come…

Greater things have yet to come and greater things are still to be done in this city. Every time I hear Chris Tomlin sing this song, it reminds me of Open Door Mission. I have worked here for seven months and have seen first hand how volunteers, donors, and employees work every day to bring hope to the hopeless and peace to the restless.

Open Door Mission serves 3 meals a day and provides shelter every day of the year for men, women, and children. At the Timberlake Outreach Center the community can shop for diapers, clothes and household items at no cost to them and receive a food pantry, too.

Volunteers make and deliver sack lunches to the community. Water patrols go out on 100+ degree days and search for people who need a cool drink and words of encouragement. Employees come on Sunday mornings to take clients to church and bible studies. Faithful donors contribute monetarily all year so all of these things are possible.

The holiday season is fast approaching and cold weather will soon be here. Please come and be a part of something bigger Become the light in the darkness for someone who needs comfort.

Sue King
Development Specialist

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17 September 2010

Do Not Become Weary

Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we
shall reap, if we faint not."

I let my dog out the other night, and she ran straight for three opossums that had made their way into our back yard! As I stood there (in fear for her) I saw the first possum just fall over, as if dead, and the other two freeze in their tracks! My dog smelled the one that played dead - - and then responded to my frantic calls to get out of harms way!

That got me thinking how life is often like that; when faced with trials or challenges, some fall over as if dead, some freeze in their tracks and some run right up to their problem, deal with it, and keep moving on!

In Galatians, Paul wrote of the freedom we’d attain if we persevered in the Christian life. I'm blessed to be a Lydia House team member who gets to see our women, children and men meet their challenges head-on and push onward! Many are readying themselves for their Graduation at Open Door Mission, scheduled for October 9, 2010!

I’ve also been witness to the generosity of donors like Michael, Jenny and Jillian from Beauty First, and Kim and Sarita from D’vas Beauty Salon. They have provided haircuts and styles for graduates. There is also Melissa, a private photographer, and her team of assistants who took their official graduation photos. These folks helped this class enjoy a weekend where they felt very special, and provided them with a lasting memory of Paul’s wisdom to persevere.

With much thanks,
Kelli Young
Lydia House Case Manager

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15 September 2010

God is always working!

My phone rang fairly early one day recently, and when I answered, the caller told me her name saying, “Do you remember me?” I said, "Yes. How could I forget you?" It was a graduate of our New Life Program, from a few years ago. I was excited because she remembered that there would always be someone at Open Door Mission she could call. She was looking for housing options, and it had been recommended to her by another Mission staff member to call me.

Wow! God is always working! Here was another soul striving to maintain and look for ‘shelter and a strong tower from the enemy.’ The Lord is a bringer of provision---He always provides what we're in need of and He is always working things out for our good. I’m looking forward to her joining our Permanent Supportive Housing family, and seeing the other blessings God has in store for her through the ministry of Open Door Mission.

Jeannette Blackstone
Permanent Supportive Housing Director

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11 September 2010

It Is Not Our Job

LORD thank you for not holding us responsible for making the flowers grow. Of course, ours is the task of tilling the soil and planting the seeds. We must even do the watering and weed pulling, but GOD the ultimate responsibility and the timing of the flowers growing is yours.

I live in North Omaha and my route of travel often takes me off the beaten path. Several days ago while traversing one such route; I passed a local drinking hole. I call it this because the site is a huge tree and beneath it there are makeshift tables with milk crates and buckets for chairs. Many of the locals visit the site early and stay long into the evening--drinking and gambling.

As I passed, my attention was drawn to a familiar figure holding a beer. I recognized a recent graduate of the New Life Recovery program. I stopped and I tried to identify my feelings--hurt and sorrow. I remembered the joy and celebration of Open Door Mission’s graduation. The client shaking hands and smiling and his family hugging and laughing. They were bursting with pride and joy, full of hope and wishing for brighter days. As I stood there contemplating, our eyes met and I could see his hurt and his heart melt. He lowered his head, turned and walked away.

I could not stop thinking about the encounter and eventually, I had to address it. I prayed and asked God for direction and insight. I found that I was guilty of holding myself responsible for making the flowers grow. I was also blind to the fact that the seed is planted and GOD is in control. I had looked upon the former client’s condition as a completed work and the conclusion of his story.

LORD thank you for the experience and the opening of my eyes.

Jessie Powell
Men’s Emergency Services Coordinator

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10 September 2010

Extra Long Weekend

Today is an extra day off for me. I took it to stretch the Labor Day Holiday into 4 days of rest with my family. I have just returned from a run to the grocery store with my 3-year old son, Micah, after seeing my older children off on the school bus.

The weather is a very cool 57 degrees and the sun is shining beautifully. Fall is almost upon us. Talk of high school, college and pro football seems to be everywhere, and I’m already starting to see Halloween merchandise on store shelves.

As I sit and enjoy this day, I know all too well that many people in the Heartland are not so excited about the prospect of colder weather approaching. Many single mothers are wondering how they are going to find extra money to provide coats, hats and scarves for their growing children. Many families are on the street or bouncing from one relative to the next due to a myriad of causes and circumstances.

My plea is simple. As you enjoy this wonderful season of the year, please help Open Door Mission provide Hope for the Hungry.

Darren Timberlake
Distribution Driver

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09 September 2010

Generations

From gliders to super-sonic jets, bi-planes to bombers---we saw them all at the Offutt Air Force Base Air Show. I took a group of our men to see an impressive display of our nation's air power that has been used throughout these last generations. We watched in amazement, witnessing the advancement in technology, used to protect America's freedom.

I reflected on the opportunity God has given me to be Case Manager for the Veterans and Dignitaries (men over 55 years of age). I work with some of the same men who fought and sacrificed so much to defend our freedom. I love to hear their experiences and glean wisdom from them. I praise God that I am able to learn from the 'greatest' generation and pass it on to the 'next' generation.

Trevor Bittner
Veterans / Dignitary Case Manager

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08 September 2010

Blessings Keep Growing

Last October, I told you about an amazing young man from Cuba who came to America with his mother, in search of a better life. Since then, Joel has graduated high school. He was also chosen to receive the Paul Jepsen Foundation UNO scholarship. Praise God! He exclaimed, “I can go to college now, Ms. Kate!”

About a month ago, he knocked on my door and said, “Ms. Kate, I have something to show you!” He then pulled out his newly obtained NE drivers license and a smile covered his face. He took me outside to show me the car he had gotten. Joel told me, “Ms. Kate, I got an IT job that I can work part-time while attending UNO! God does have a plan for my life!”

The following week I talked to him and his mother about starting college. I asked if he had everything he needed and he said he did. He would be purchasing his books soon and had a library card so he could use their computers to do homework. At that moment, I pulled a generously-donated laptop out from under my desk and handed it to him. I told him, “Joel, you might need this to type all of your papers. Will this help?” He and his mother quietly broke into tears. He was so blessed by the donation, he was speechless. His mother just kept saying, "thank you, thank you", as she patted my hand.

August 23rd, Joel stepped foot onto the UNO campus for his first college course. He has a full schedule this year but is eager to get started. Please pray for him as he takes this next step into the new adventure God has planned for him.

Kate Fischer
Emergency Services Coordinator

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07 September 2010

The Joy of Helping...

Every Monday, we have Senior Day at the Timberlake Outreach Center. Folks 55 and older can come shop once a month, with a different group coming each week. One lady recently told me she takes care of 4 grandchildren and was looking for some clothes to have when they come for a visit. I asked what sizes they wear and began helping her find clothing items that would fit. We located several things that would help her out. She was very happy, thanked me, and left with a big smile on her face. That made me happy to be able to help someone like that. Another lady came by the jewelry table looking for something new as her granddaughter loves to go through her jewelry, looking for something to wear. For me, taking the time to search the shopping area for items others need, is what brings true joy. If you have any jewelry in good condition, but you just don't wear anymore, please consider donating it to the Mission. We will put it out for our seniors and it will surely brighten the day for them.

Mary Ambrose
Development Associate

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06 September 2010

They Need Us...We Need You

As I walk through the Timberlake Outreach Center, I can’t help but notice how our donors are really blessing us with their gently used clothing. It’s awesome seeing all these items ready to be hung up and put out in the Kings Kloset shopping area.

I am a little sad, though, to say that I think I saw some of the same piles there yesterday! We need more volunteers…a LOT more!

As the weather turns cooler (soon!), more folks will be coming in to shop for warm clothing and coats for their families and we need MORE volunteers to come and help us Sort, Organize and Shelve donations.

It breaks my heart to see a single mother looking for warm clothes and coats for her children and not finding anything. However, we have boxes of clothing in the back that have not been sorted and put out yet because we don’t have enough help to get it done.

Would you consider volunteering some of your valuable time (alone or with a group) Sorting, Organizing and Shelving donations? To volunteer, go to http://www.opendoormission.org/ and click on Volunteer to get started!

Hoping to see you soon,
Amy Harvey
Timberlake Outreach Center Assistant Director

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04 September 2010

Blessed Story of Psalm 17:8

When the new Lydia House was under construction, Candace Gregory asked the staff to share Scripture that would be on the walls of the new Lydia House. I saw this as a great ministry opportunity to share this special verse with the ladies and families who would be living there. I quickly thought of Psalm 17:8 “Keep me as the apple of Your eye, hide me in the shadow of Your wings.” I had always heard the saying, “you are the apple of my eye” but I had no idea that it came from God’s Word. When I saw this verse in the Bible it became very special to me.

The reason is before I came to know the Lord as my Savior, I struggled with very low self esteem. I was in a very abusive relationship, unmarried, the mother of two young girls, living in the projects, living off of disability and ADC. One day in my apartment, I heard Billy Graham preach a sermon about “Cosmic Loneliness” which he explained as the emptiness we have without Jesus Christ in our lives. After hearing his simple plan of salvation, I gave my life to the Lord and He changed my life. Jesus gave me the peace and the security I had always longed for. Now 36 years later, I see ladies at the Lydia House struggling with the feelings as I did. They too need the peace and security that is found only in Jesus Christ.

This picture is a comparison of how tiny we are compared to the Lord and how He hides us under the shadow of His wings. The picture reminded me of a time my family and a friend visited the SAC Air and Space Museum near Lincoln, NE. I was tired and sat down on a bench to rest. When I looked up, I noticed that I was sitting under a wing of a large jet. I immediately quoted Psalm 17:8 and it blessed my heart.

One morning, while working the night watch shift, I needed to heat my food so I went to the first floor single ladies’ lounge. While waiting, I looked up and there in big bold letters was Psalm 17:8 on the north wall. I thought of the blessing the verse is to me and the time I sat under the wing of a jet. Tears of joy and filled my eyes as I realized that there are women at Lydia House who need to know that they are the apple of the Lord’s eye, too.

I thank God for the opportunity of sharing a verse that has blessed my life and pray that it will bless someone else. It is so special to have a Lord who loves us, protects us and who indeed “keeps me as the apple of His eye and hides me under the shadow of His wing.”

Janice M. Loud
Lydia House Night Watch House Supervisor

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03 September 2010

A Change of Perspective

Chances are, if you've ever taken a psychology course of any kind, you're familiar with the theory of human motivation called Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Simply put, it's a ladder of human needs and the priorities they're given. Once the first rung is filled, it's easy to begin desiring what is on the next rung. At the bottom of the ladder are the very basics of survival; food, water, and shelter. Without these, it would be hard to move up. We at Open Door Mission see this every day.

There is a tendency almost everyone falls into-- seeing and listening, but not understanding. We all do it and even being aware of this pitfall, I still fall into this trap. Jesus did warn us about it in his teachings. Sometimes you need a change of perspective, before you can truly understand something. For the greater part of my time here at the Mission, I have processed donations, cleaned up the credit card database and helped with mailings. I find ways to make my work space a bit more colorful by hanging up art I have made or enjoy. I was always aware of the severity of what residents at Open Door Mission go through, but I never fully understood it. This really started to pull on my heart; I started reading about what leads to poverty. I started eating at the kitchen more and simply "observing". That all helped, but it wasn’t until I felt compelled to go on a fast that I was able to comprehend, at least to some degree, what tenants of Open Door Mission have really gone through. Only once I had experienced – even for a brief time - lack of some of the listed needs on the lowest rung of Maslow’s ladder, did I begin to grasp just how much I had taken for granted. Every day, we need to put our minds into manual gear, rather than automatic and truly listen to what our Lord is telling us.... and then act on it.

Nicholas Tabor
Development Specialist

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02 September 2010

Working at the Mission

My name is John Lindsey, and I am Coordinator for the New Life Recovery Program and Wellness Connection. This is the start of my eleventh year, serving at Open Door Mission. My current role is exciting and challenging. My job, as a servant of Christ, is to labor in the power of the Spirit to engage and equip these men. They need to learn personal skills and develop perspectives that will empower them down the road of life and toward the Lord of life.

The majority of the men I work with are among the chronic homeless, involving either substance abuse and/or mental health. One of the greatest barriers is overcoming the mindset of seeking approval through performance, verses a mindset that trusts and obeys God’s promises. Only understanding this will empower them to maintain the changes they start while in the program.

Spiritually, the Apostle Paul, instructed the Philippians to “work out their salvation with fear and trembling”, knowing that it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:12d-13). In this teaching, Paul is presenting a dynamic relationship –of trust and obedience which is to result in perseverance.

This trait is not easy for any believer, and is a huge challenge for men caught up in addictions or ensnared with mental illness. The ability to accept the way things are, then dig deep to take personal responsibility for their attitudes and actions is a truth that can set men free!

I think of Gary, who has been in the program several times over the last ten years. He is knowledgeable both in recovery and the Bible. When he is sober, he can share great spiritual insights. Yet, this pattern lasts only about four months, at which time he becomes sidetracked and falls away. It is heart- breaking to see this happen. But the instruction and promise of Philippians 2:12d & 13, means he must keep pressing on - learn from his mistakes and how to hang in there when things don’t go well (especially when he is the cause of the failure).

This is what I seek to model and teach and reinforce. Many of the men I work with have never known the love that “covers a multitude of sins,” or "sticks closer than a brother”, and "that never fails.” If I am looking for “success”, I will miss these opportunities to model the greatest of all spiritual gifts – LOVE – that works in and through our “fears and trembling” because God will finish what He has started. These men need to experience the kind of faith that works, a hope that does not disappoint, and a love that labors to the point of exhaustion.

Thank you for giving and for praying, that men like Gary, can have a place to experience God’s love in “clay vessels.”

John Lindsey M.S., LIMHP
Coordinator for the New Life Recovery Program and Wellness Connection

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01 September 2010

The rest of the story…

I jumped up from my desk, when I heard the page that one of my case mgmt. residents had a visitor. I got to the top of the stairs and stood motionless. I was overwhelmed by what I saw and heard. Our resident was embracing a family member she had not seen for many years. They expressed their love for each other and kissed each other’s faces for several minutes. Their obvious joy brought me to tears as I reflected on our journey with this woman, who has been participating in our long- term life-changing program.

Because of her choices, she had been estranged from her family for years. A few months ago, her sister had been searching for her and found her here. They spoke on the phone but there was tension between them. That same sister contacted her and invited her to their out-of-state family reunion. Because of the healing and forgiveness God has done in her, we were able to process her decision about reuniting with her family! I sent her off on a weekend pass with her sister to be with her entire extended family!

They had a wonderful visit. She reconnected with family she barely recognized, because the years had changed them all. She also had fun meeting new additions to the family. She is excited to stay in communication with them and is looking forward to the next gathering.

After years of bitterness and anger, only God can take a broken, rejected, lonely woman and soften her heart to the point of being ready to begin restoration in her life......and in His perfect timing! Praise Him with us!

Laurie L. Armes, M.A., LMHP
Recovery Services Coordinator/Family Casemanager

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