21 November 2011
There aren't' enough word to express my gratitude for your help in making me and my 3 kids Thanksgiving happen. Without your generosity I don't know how I was gonna have anything for them to eat. Being a single mother, it is very difficult to buy my kids everything they need, as well as keep bills paid, and food in their stomachs. I am thankful for you guys, you have showed me that all people in the world aren't bad. And with that, when I get on my feet after I graduate collect, I will pay it forward. IYo uhave my word. God Bless you, and thank you. I feel very lucky and good. I haven't for a long time.
A Drumstick on Wheels Recipient
24 October 2011
Please join Open Door Mission on Saturday, October 29 at the Lydia House located at 2809 N 20th St E. The ceremony will begin at 10:30AM and you will be able to hear exciting testimonies of what God has done in the lives of these men, women, and children.
21 October 2011
Open Door Mission is preparing to provide gifts for more than 6,000 boys and girls this Christmas Season through Project Santa - A drive-thru Christmas. Parents of homeless and needy children will be coming to sign up to receive a bag of toys for their child so on Christmas Morning there will be something under the tree.
Here is how you can help make Christmas special for a little boy or girl. Would you consider having a toy drive at your place of work, school, or even Church. Open Door Mission will provide a collection box for you to place to be filled. All you have to do is click on "Schedule a Toy Drive" and we will get a box to you.
You can also help Open Door Mission sort and bag toys. As all these toys come in from area drive we need volunteers to help sort them and then get they ready to go into age and gender appropriate bags. Open Door Mission's warehouse looks like "Santa's little workshop" Just click on "Bag toys" and sign up to make a difference today.
There is only 66 days until Christmas!
18 October 2011
The staff at Open Door Mission can’t do it all without your help-we need you to help make the holidays a time of hope. We need help providing over 5,000 Thanksgiving turkeys and food boxes, over 6,000 children with Christmas gifts and over 300 single men and women with a gift on Christmas morning. How can I help you may ask, here’s how: do a turkey and/or food drive to collect food for the Turkey'n'Fixin's boxes and the thousands of meals Open Door Mission will serve Thanksgiving and Christmas day; organize a Project Santa drive to collect new unwrapped toys for children (ages birth to 12th grade); call to receive Christmas Bells (a set of 12 suggested gift items for adults) or sign up to volunteer to deliver Turkey'n'Fixin's boxes through Drumsticks on Wheels or help bag toys for the Christmas drive through. A few hours of your time or the purchase of some extra gifts and food can make a difference for those that are homeless or near homeless by providing Hope for the Holidays.
Please contact me so I can help you be blessed this Thanksgiving and Christmas season as you bless others. Sign up on line at www.opendoormission.org or call me at 829-1554 or email me here. I am looking forward to hearing from you, because with your help this can be the best holiday ever for those looking for Hope.
12 October 2011
11 October 2011
A young mom on her own
She needs a little help, got no where to go
She’s looking for a job, looking for a way out
‘Cause a half-way house will never be a home
At night she whispers to her baby girl
“Someday we’ll find our place here in this world
This is our temporary home
It’s not where we belong
Windows and rooms that we’re passing through
This is just a stop on the way to where we’re going
I’m not afraid because I know
This is our temporary home”
This verse from the song Temporary Home could be about many of our guests here at the Lydia House. We have several single moms who have found themselves in a place where they need a little help. Some already have jobs and are saving up for a place of their own, others are still looking for work, and still others are confronting other issues in their lives. Thankfully, the Lydia House is here for every state.
Some guests may only need a couple of weeks; others may stay for several months, especially those in one of our Life Changing programs. Remembering that this is a temporary home is an important part of guests’ stay. It is both a motivator and encourager when times are hard and it seems like there is no end in sight.
These past two weeks have been especially encouraging; a single mom who has been at the Lydia House for over a year found safe housing for her and her 3 sons, a graduate of one of our programs was accepted at an apartment on the bus line to her school, and two other families were accepted into a Residential Readiness program.
But even as we praise God for His faithfulness in these individuals, we continue to pray for new families and single women who move in every day. Thank you for supporting the Lydia House and Open Door Mission as we continue to be a temporary home for so many in need.
07 October 2011
I rushed to remove my necklace, earrings, bracelet, belt, shoes and work key card. Then I impatiently waited for the end of my pat down because in my rushing I had forgotten to remove my name badge. Finally I got to the gate; just as they were about to board. I found my place in line and waited, mentally rushing the 20 people in front of me. As I started down the terminal I was still rushing the lady in front of me with the two small children, hoping she would soon develop a sense of urgency. I wanted to yell, “COME ON PEOPLE!! Hurry up!” Then we were stopped. “Noelle, Noelle Pee please come see the gate attendant, please come see the gate attendant.”
I turned around, annoyed that I was being forced to stop my rushing. “Miss, this is the right terminal, but you are about to board the wrong plane. Yours doesn’t board for about two hours. Why don’t you sit down, relax, and have some lunch!” Well, it was a good thing that I had done my makeup that morning so when I walked back through the line of people I at least looked like a pretty idiot!
Needlessly rushing, how much did I miss as I was rushing through my day? Did I take time to comfort the woman who recently lost her husband? Did I see the child desperately longing for attention? How many people did I fail to see because what I thought I needed was more important to me that those that actually needed me?
Matthew 25:35 says “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’How I failed to be the blessing that I could have been, had I not been rushing through my day I could have taken the time to make a difference in someone’s life. Take time to notice what is going on around you. Be willing to stop to help someone in need. Don’t allow the opportunity to bless others pass you by.
06 October 2011
Mr. Wolkins pays for a seatainer every year to ship all this to Romania. They drop it at his home, and he has two hours to load it, before it starts costing more money. Last year a group of volunteers helped, and it took nearly four hours to load.
When asked, over 20 men that stay at the Open Door Mission came forward and volunteered. Their goal was to not exceed two hours- they were determined to hold those costs in line. They worked together like a team that had done this many times before. They each had their own job, yet looked out for the man next to him. They relieved those inside the seatainer regularly, as the temperature was much hotter than outside. When the last bicycle went on, the time was just shy of two hours. On top of that, due to a miscalculation of seatainer size, 60 boxes wouldn't fit. Jacobs House donated that 4200 pounds of clothing to the Open Door Mission.
As children, I'm quite sure these men didn't dream of being in a homeless shelter one day. But through their hardship, God delivered them to this high place. A place where others they will most likely never meet, have been touched by their kindness. In a very poor part of this world God delivered hope through these men.
Patrick J McKernan
Open Door Mission, Garland Thompson Mens Center Director
03 October 2011
Knowing there is such a great need, makes me all the more committed to the work of Open Door Mission. It has been amazing to see over the last sixteen years, that I have been with Open Door Mission, the growth of space and services and the improvements of our service delivery. If you have not visited the Open Door Mission in the last few years, it may be hard for you to recognize us. That is until you see or hear a staff member working with a resident and hear God’s word being shared to offer hope, encouragement, and guidance as it has been for the last fifty-seven years!
Working in the Housing First Department, I see applicants as they are completing their paper-work to move into Lydia House Shelter or our Permanente Supportive Apartments. I see them at the time that they are in most despair and it is an honor to assist them through the paper work, let them know of all of our services, listen to their story, and pray with them. During this first meeting, I see transformations begin. A mom’s shoulders release a bit of their stress – now no more wondering where her family will live. A women’s face softens and hints a smile when she knows she is now welcomed after being turned away from so many other places, fare too many times due to her mental or physical health needs. And a child laughs and smiles as they leave with a toy or much needed pair of shoes. For most applicants, this may be the last time I see them. The PSH and LH staff welcomes them and handles their move-in process.
But, then there is a graduation! And I get to see a completely transformed family or women as they stand tall and smile boldly as they accept their Work-Net or New Life Recovery program diploma. Often, I do not recognize them! But, then I hear them speak their testimonies and I hear them offering Gods’ word, ministering to their family, residents, and me and all who will hear, a message of hope and encouragement. Yes the need is great, but WOW God is greater!
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:30 (NLT2007)
Thank you for the support that makes a way for transformations to happen! Come by and have a tour or volunteer – or maybe I will see you at our next graduation!
Housing First Director
30 September 2011
26 September 2011
Many of the folks in class can quote Scripture incredibly well. They tend to do this to answer a question. They are quite adroit at it. One gentleman said that even when he high he could quote “the truth of God.” He understood that it was crack or Jesus. He took this passage very seriously. He is currently clean, but has bluntly told me that he is on the fence. He is still “thinking about it” because he knows what he is giving up and does not know if it is worth it.
I find this honesty refreshing. He takes Jesus at His word and understand exactly what He is saying, “It’s me or the thing you love.” Those of us who do not have the issues that so visibly reveal our allegiance could stand to learn from these folks for we may be able to fool ourselves, but never Jesus.
Another gentleman, who I have been mentoring for several years, points to this verse as part of his strength. “It gives me a reason to deny myself,” he has told me on more than one occasion. In his mind there has to be a reason, a really good one, not to be an active user. Jesus is that reason. He found that reason and is growing to be more like Jesus, because of people who he has met at and through the Open Door Mission.
We provide an opportunity for people to see Jesus through our actions and our words. Many folks, who call Open Door Mission home, have life experiences that both attract and repel them and they desperately are looking for something better. They are examining us from top to bottom. They are looking for hypocrisy or fakery. They want desperately to take the leap, but they are afraid to take something at face value.
Here is the incredible thing about our God. He uses us, as imperfect as we are, to be apart of a life changing event whether we realize it or not. My fence sitting friend has inspired others to really learn the Scripture that people in our New Life Recovery program as asked to memorize. The other gentleman has both been a blessing to his peers as well as me and other Christians who God has placed in his life. You too can be a blessing and be blessed by helping Mission residents embrace Christ. Please come be a blessing.
23 September 2011
“My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me”
21 September 2011
I was one of the guide-walkers that day. Our assignment is to guide a group of walkers along the designated 1 mile path from Gallup to Open Door Mission's Lydia House where they will be greeted by Candace and eat endless bowls of delicious soup prepared by 13 local chefs/restaurants!
Since it was raining pretty badly, we offered our participants a ride to the Lydia House if they didn't want to walk in the rain. Amazingly enough, they all wanted to walk! They all said that was the purpose of our fundraising event, was to walk a mile in their shoes. And "in their shoes" they meant our clients we serve here, the homeless men and women that walk from further than Gallup to get to the mission for a hot nutritious meal and safe shelter.
Throughout the walk we talked and discussed homeless statistics and the shocking numbers. One of my walkers then began to sing Amazing Grace. She told me how only by the Grace of God alone is she still alive now and was once $40 away from being homeless her self!
The rain actually made a bigger impact on our supporters. As we got closer to the Lydia House, the entire group had a deeper appreciation and felt very blessed not having to do this walk daily for their meal.
Open Door Mission
19 September 2011
Open Door Mission’s Timberlake Outreach Center is serving record high numbers of homeless, near-homeless and flood victims – a 37% increase in comparison to this time last year. You can help Open Door Mission by going through your closet at home and collecting any and all gently used clothes to aid the homeless and needy in our community. You can drop your donations off at the following anytime between now and September 30th.
Drop Off Locations
Located at: 5030 N 72nd Street, Omaha NE 68134
Nebraska Crossing Outlets & Specialty Shops
Located at: 14333 S. Hwy 31 - I-80, exit 432, Gretna, NE 68028
♦ G.H Bass & Company
West Roads Mall
Located at: 10000 California Street Omaha, NE 68114
♦ Dressbarn fdfa♦ BonWorth
♦ T-Shirts ffdda ♦ Lane Bryant
♦ VanHeusen ffa♦ Food Court Area
16 September 2011
As this is being posted, our three children are flying from
Reflecting on this, I can not help but think of our homeless and poverty stricken neighbors in the greater
Fortunately, Open Door Mission is working to break this cycle of homelessness and poverty. Through the combined efforts of the Timberlake Outreach Center, Lydia House and Permanent Supportive Housing, Open Door Mission’s ministries are making an impact on our community. More importantly, the gospel of Jesus Christ is being shared daily, and that light is the only light that can truly pierce the darkness.
Garland Thompson Men's Center
15 September 2011
Studies show that children who have a mentor are less likely to skip school, use drugs, or drink alcohol. If a lack of education and substance abuse are directly related to poverty, having a mentor has the potential to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. For this reason, finding mentors for all Lydia House children is a top priority.
Over the last month, Open Door Mission has been blessed immeasurably by the Omaha Metro community. Through a partnership with Release Ministries we now have mentors for all of our teenagers. Support from volunteers, professionals, and
If you have a heart for kids and want to make a difference right here in your community please visit www.opendoormission.org and click on the volunteer button and sign up to have your orientation and tour today.
Children and Youth Director
13 September 2011
We have a woman who has been here at the Lydia House several months and has struggled with her addiction the entire time. She’s been abusing drugs for many years and this is the longest she’s been sober. She isn’t ready to move on yet, but she’s making great progress. I got to witness how much she is growing a couple of weeks ago. She came to me at medication time and told me she was really struggling to stay sober. By this she meant she was struggling with taking only the zolpidem prescribed and not more. She said she knew how to sneak it out without staff knowing.
She asked me to help her by checking her every time she came for meds, to make sure she only took one. I praised her for being so honest. It’s amazing how much she trusts staff to tell them something like this and to ask for the help. She’s come a long way. To make things even better she attended chapel this week and rededicated her life to Christ in front of everyone! God is doing amazing things in this woman and I’m so humbled that I get to be a part of it!
God is changing Lives at the Open Door Mission and we could not do it without the support and generosity of the community. Thank you for being apart of all the exciting things God is doing.
Family Support Worker
12 September 2011
Romans 12:2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
10 September 2011
Early fall has always been my favorite season of the year, warm days and cool nights. But the older I get I realize early fall leads to late fall then into my least favorite season, winter.
But this is a hopeful time as well, especially at the Open Door Mission.
I work in the Development Department receiving the letters and donations that members of the community send us. I have the opportunity to read the notes from people that have sent in donations. "We're praying for you" and "thank you for all you are doing". Or the donation from a child that he or she received as a birthday gift.
And because our community is so supportive, I have a chance to meet so many volunteering families that come to serve Thanksgiving meal, help with Project Santa or spend Christmas Day with the homeless men, women and children.
Last year was my first winter at the Mission and I was moved and inspired that so many were willing to invest time, energy and love to help those that have so little. For me, last winter was a little warmer after seeing God's love at work because of the generosity of the people of our community.
In God's love,
09 September 2011
My primary responsibility at Open Door Mission is to fill the Lydia House. This involves a great deal of paper work and an intense attention to detail. It is easy at times to get wrapped up in the paperwork and catching every little detail. Every once in a while, just when I need it, God sends someone to me to “wake” me up.
Recently I was going through the application process with a woman wanting to get into the
06 September 2011
Michelle graduated the program and set out on her own with a new job and a place to live. Today I saw Michelle at our Timberlake Outreach Center coming in for her 2911 case management appointment. She looked wonderful as she said my name and gave me a big hug. She has been promoted in her job and is being sought after by another company. She is attending a Bible believing church that is helping her grow in a deeper relationship with Jesus and it shows in her smile. She told me she is starting college classes next week and hopes to be a drug and alcohol counselor. “I think I can do it Ms Kate, I really do!” I know she can. She holds firm to Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Michelle, and all the other graduates, is the reason I do what I do, day in and day out. Watching lives change for the Glory of God and watching those lives move forward for the Kingdom. What a day it will be when we all see Jesus face to face.
Please join us for the next graduation ceremony on Saturday, October 29th at 10:30 am at the Lydia House. Please RSVP to Maggie Cope at 402-422-1111 ext 1554 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Lydia House
05 September 2011
03 September 2011
02 September 2011
01 September 2011
Luke 11:9-10 says “Ask and you will receive, search and you will find, knock and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks will receive, everyone who searches will find, and the door will be opened for everyone who knocks.”
31 August 2011
I had the privilege of meeting a really cool volunteer couple the other week as they came in to lead chapel. This guy plays his guitar (very well, I might add) at different shelters in the area and talks about Jesus between songs, and his wife provides gospel literature. I was so encouraged to meet a volunteer who wanted to share the gospel and was using his musical gifting because he’s as crazy about Jesus as we are!
One of the reasons I love working with volunteers is being able to meet brothers and sisters in Christ from all different places, doing different things, bringing glory to our King. I’m continually reminded of how diverse we are in the body of Christ. The Church is all of us (1 Corinthians 12:14-31), and the blood of Jesus Christ covers denominations, socio-economic status, culture, and even family blood lines.
30 August 2011
Having no children of my own, I had never been able to understand how my mom is able to love me and my three siblings equally. For years I was convinced that she loved my little brother more than she loved me, and my sisters are convinced that my mom loved me more than she loved them. My brother says that he knows he is the favorite! For years my mom would say that they she loved us all equally. I didn’t buy it! That is until recently.
I have just finished my second, month long, WorkNet class. My first class had 9 students, my second had 3. At the start of the second class I was convinced that there was no way that I would enjoy this new class nearly as much as my first. I had fewer students, and the class was 5 days shorter so I had to cram 20 days of work into 15 days, there would be no time for fun and games! How surprised I was!
While the class was smaller, they were very eager to learn. They asked great questions and we had good discussions. One student in particular, John, brought a vast amount of fun and energy to the class. He would often have us laughing until our sides hurt! Because this group was smaller we were able to move quickly through the material. I soon fell in love with this small group of students.
As the graduation ceremony concluded, I sat in the classroom reflecting on the similarities and differences between the two classes. Just like my brother, sisters and I are very different, so were these classes. Each class had its own personality and group dynamic; as well as its own struggles and challenges. But each class touched my heart and changed me in many ways. If you were to ask me which class I loved more, I would have to say that I loved them both equally. I finally get it. I understand what my mom meant when she said she loved us all the equally. I am excited to start my next class in a few days, to open my heart once again to another group of amazing people. I am looking forward to seeing them grow and develop skills that will help change their lives. And to see how in turn they will change my life.
29 August 2011
You just might be surprised at what they can do in one day! IKON has supported Open Door Mission for years. Their latest endeavor has been to sponsor Stuff-a-Truck at the workplace. They invite their employees and “neighbors” to stuff the truck with donations of all kinds. The IKON’s Stuff-a-Truck this time was amazing. They collected 450 pounds of clothing, 260 pounds of shoes, 500 pounds of housewares, 110 personal care items and a bicycle!
…and if you give King of Kings a truck to stuff they can fill it with 632 pounds of food, 1788 pounds of clothing and 161 pounds of personal care items.
As you can see it is a great opportunity for the employees or congregations to clean out gently used items they no longer need or have an easy drop off for new items they want to donate. The clients at Open Door Mission and Lydia House benefit and everyone is blessed.
Would you like to sponsor a Stuff-a-Truck at your workplace or church? We would love to provide this great opportunity for people to give and help those in need. Please call me if you would like to Stuff-A-Truck for Open Door Mission and Lydia House.
26 August 2011
Today was Open Door Mission's WorkNew Graduation. 3 students graduated today from this great course. Here is a little more on what WorkNet is.
WorkNet Solutions is a job readiness class offered by the Open Door Mission’s Community Education Department. The class is available to the clients of the Open Door Mission and to community members. This is a 3-4 week course taking the learner through booklets that discover their work motivation and how to overcome the fear of the job search; they determine the learners values, skills, and fields of fascination; and where and how to job search. Upon completion of the class the learner will have the knowledge and ability to tackle the job search process, the interview process and be equipped to hold steady employment with the opportunity to reach their dream job within the next 3-5 years.
For more information, or to join the class, please contact
25 August 2011
Thanks to the community and people just like you, resources are available to provide hot, nutritious meals, safe shelter and life changing programs. You can walk at your own pace with friends and family. And once you’ve arrived at the Mission, you’ll be served homemade soups and breads, made especially for this day by chefs from local restaurants.
You’ll have a tour of Open Door Mission, and see firsthand all the services provided through your generosity, and life changing volunteer opportunities are available. You will receive a free Open Door Mission tee-shirt and Water bottle.
24 August 2011
The Salt & Pepper Motorcycle Club does more than just ride; they give back to the community. The club brought in almost 100 pounds of personal care products for our clients of all ages. Their donations help us provide the basic needs to our clients and their families. We appreciate their support of Open Door Mission and look forward to them volunteering at the mission and doing even more drives. May they be blessed with safe rides as they have blessed Open Door Mission with their donations.
Would you like to give back to the community also? Please call me if you would like set up a drive to help those in need. Open Door
19 August 2011
Soma Intimates at Village Point shopping center has done a wonderful job of meeting a need at Lydia House and Open Door Mission that most people don’t even think of or talk about-that is the need for women’s intimate apparel. Soma Intimates collected new and gently used bras from their staff and customers through the month of July for the women served through Open Door Mission and Lydia House. They collected over 230 bras during their campaign to help those in need. Thank you to Jackie and her staff at Soma Intimates for meeting a need that is often “unmentionable” but is needed.
18 August 2011
The best God can give to any person is a hunger for Himself. There is nothing we can do to make ourselves hungry for God. All salvation comes from God, but if we will give him the chance, He will instill a hunger within. If that hunger is fed, He will intensify it until it is a burning passion of our life.
If we are hungry, He will fill our need, and the greater our appetite for Him is, the more of Himself He will give to us. That hunger is a promise of His presence.
If He is near you, cry out to Him.If you sense His presence, call out to Him.If you feel Him close, reach out, because in that moment He is can be found, and you ought to lunge for Him.
He will not take all your troubles away, but He will protect you in the middle of trouble. When the storms come, He will be your hiding place, and He will endure them with you. The storm will rage around you, but you will be in the middle of Him, and His presence is safety. He will even enable you to sing in the midst of the storm. That hunger for Him becomes the greatest gift that anyone can be given.
“Hallelujah, I have found HimWhom my soul so long has crave!Jesus satisfies my longings;Through His blood I now am saved.”
Blessing to you and hope you all have a very hungry day!!
16 August 2011
Hungry and homeless people in the Heartland don’t have the luxury of air conditioning or transportation. That’s why Open Door Mission is hosting its fourth Annual Walk-A-Thon! On Sunday, September 18th, between 11AM and 5 PM, please join us in a one-mile walk from downtown to Open Door Mission. This is the same path that so many homeless people choose when seeking help.
Thanks to the community and people just like you, resources are available to provide hot, nutritious meals, safe shelter and life changing programs. You can walk at your own pace with friends and family. And once you’ve arrived at the Mission, you’ll be served homemade soups and breads, made especially for this day by chefs from local restaurants.
11 August 2011
Open Door Mission is in need of bottled water and fans.
* Water for homeless men, women, and children to prevent dehydration
* Fans for people in the Heartland who do not have air-conditioning
Help the hot and thirsty this summer by partnering with Open Door Mission to provide bottles of water and fans. You can bring your donations to any...
BAG AND SAVE LOCATIONS
108th & Q
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114th & Dodge
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08 August 2011
I grew up in the church and often heard the pastor preach that we as Christians must “walk in the Spirit.” But this summer I experienced what it means to walk in the Spirit in a whole new way. Over the past month I have had the privilege to lead Open Door Mission’s Bible Day Camp. This camp hosts activities in the morning and field trips in the afternoon while also providing three nutritious meals a day to Open Door Mission residents and community members. As you can imagine, this amazing program is a lot of work.
Through this experience I have learned to trust God in a deeper way by surrendering control to Him and depending on Him for the grace I need for each day. At the end of the day, we make our plans but the Lord directs our paths. And that, I have realized, is what it means to walk in the Spirit. Thanks to all those who have partnered with us this summer through prayer, volunteer hours, and donations!!! Your support has been a great blessing.
Children and Youth Director
05 August 2011
The past few days have been full of excitement right outside my office doors! That’s because this year, the Back to School Bash is held at the
We’ve been blessed by many church groups, corporations, and individuals donating brand new clothes, shoes, jackets, backpacks and other back to school items for this event. As I walk through the hallway on our floor, I see dedicated volunteers hanging up clothes, sorting shoes, and organizing everything into neat piles based on gender and sizes. Their hard work is paid off when we hear the “oohs and ahhs” of the children when they first come inside to go “shopping”.
Each day a new group of children get to come over and go shopping and pick out new school clothes. Right outside my office, I overhear tiny little voices of enthusiasm chattering and giggling about the new pink dress they picked out or how cool his new Spiderman shirt is that matches his new Spiderman tennis shoes! Open Door
Frank A. Clark said “Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.” These children will never know who our donors or volunteers are, but we as staff certainly do and we definitely appreciate each and every one of you!
04 August 2011
Sometimes you forget how wonderful and caring people can be. One of the joys of working at Open Door Mission is you get to see how God works in everyone’s life, from staff to clients to donors. Our Back to School Bash collects new clothes for homeless and near homeless children. I am privileged to head up that drive, encouraging others to give new clothes for children they may never meet. Every year I wonder will we have enough clothes and shoes, will people be able to help, and will the children appreciate the love sent their way through the clothes donations. Oh me of little faith.
This week and last the clothes came in by the carload! From the Elk Horn Lutheran Church in
Then the children came. It is such a blessing to see their happy faces and hear shouts of glee when they find that perfect pair of Iron Man shoes or a shirt to match a skirt. What joy to help each child feel special as they chose shoes, underwear, socks and at least one new outfit. We sometimes forget the simple joys denied so many, but this week at Open Door Mission we rejoice in generous donors and precious children that get the joyous experience of shopping for new clothes. Thank you everyone for blessing these children’s lives and mine too.
I love my job!
03 August 2011
A psalm of Moses:Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us,
and the years wherein we have seen evil. -Psalm 90:15
02 August 2011
30 July 2011
- When to ask for help: Sometimes the material is tough. Which is frustrating, since I am teaching skills we all were supposed to learn in elementary school. Asking for help requires humility and admitting that we cannot make it alone.
- When to walk away: Sometimes, because the material is tough, my students get frustrated. It is at these times they need to take a break and try again later.
- When to keep trying: Even when things get tough, even after taking a break, it is important to not give up. My students can accomplish whatever they set their mind to.
- Attitude: “I think I can” leads to “I can” and “I did”. This is true for learning to multiply fractions and maintaining sobriety.
- Patience: Sometimes the computers are slow or not working. Getting mad and throwing a fit won’t make them faster or fix them. Just wait it out.
- Taking turns: I have 12 computers for 35 students, and 100 other residents. Sometimes you can’t spend as much time checking email, or you may have to wait a few minutes to get started.
- Setting goals: Oftentimes, my students are overwhelmed by the amount of work that needs to be completed. I help them break their assignments into smaller bits and set goals of when they will accomplish them.
- Time management: “I don’t have time to go to the Learning Center!” Yes, you do. If you have time to read your email, chat with your friends, take a walk, or take a nap, you have time to come to the Learning Center.
- Priorities: Along with time management, my students must decide what is important. A smoke break could be better spent working in the Learning Center for 15 minutes.
- Following through: Anyone can set a goal. It requires action to complete the goal.
- Pride: My students are making great progress, and I praise them every chance I get. My students are changing from addicts to smart, capable Children of God. They are growing everyday, and this is something to be proud of.
28 July 2011
Over the last 6 years the IT infrastructure and the campus have grown by leaps and bounds. On the IT side, much innovation and financial stewardship has been realized through a long term relationship with an outside contractor named Aaron. His diligence and unique perspective allowed Open Door Mission to be progressive and good stewards of the resources we received. Thank You Aaron for all of your work behind the scenes.
On the campus side, if you have not been down for a tour in the last year, you need to come down to fully appreciate the rich blessings that have been poured over the mission. We have been given a grand opportunity to exercise our faith, with looming threats of flood and financial difficulties, but through it all, God continues to provide abundantly for our needs and protect us. I want to thank our faithful donors for their continued support of the mission as well as to ask all of followers to continue to keep the new men’s center in your prayers as there are many hurdles in the way of successful completion.
IT Manager, Open Door Mission
27 July 2011
On my journey to the office I drive on a highway with flood waters on both sides. As I am passing those flood waters I just can’t help but wonder how this farm land and homes can ever be again.
Just as our people who come to the Open Door Mission with little hope God of love and power, hold us up when life hits us hard and give us courage to find a new life in the face of our loss. That is what the Open Door Mission does for the many people who walk through our doors.
26 July 2011
I Corinthians 10:4 And they all drank the same supernaturally given drink. For they drank from a spiritual Rock which followed them – produced by the sole power of God Him-self without natural instrumentality – and the Rock was Christ. (Ex. 17:6; Num. 20:11)
That rock are you following today? Many people seem to be following so many different beliefs, but not ever finding any true peace in what they think will enlighten their lives. Which is truly sad because there is such a simple and rewarding way that is offer and it’s totally free? That is the Spiritual Rock one who will always be available to our every cried, and will only give us the True and living word that will give us strength when we are weak and down. A rock is something that is truly hard to damage, it is not easily broken, and Our Father is that rock so let’s not forget that he is our only hope and let’s spread the love too others about this Great and Awesome Rock.
Debra A. Scott
25 July 2011
21 July 2011
15 “Does it make you a king to have more and more cedar? Did not your father have food and drink? He did what was right and just, so all went well with him. 16 He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 22 15-16
It is a normal behavior to look after our personal needs before the needs of others. That is why we spend years finding different ways to increase our wealth. Selfishness is part of the fallen nature within us that rejects God’s word and commands. It is only when God regenerates our hearts when we understand the depth of being compassionate for others.
At the Timberlake Outreach Center every day Volunteers and Staff defend the cause of the poor and needy. It is a joy to see the needy find relief as they receive food pantries, clothing, household items, furniture and appliances for their homes.
Every morning before I begin my day a simple prayer comes to my mind:
LORD help me to do what is right and just, help me have a heart of a servant.
20 July 2011
18 July 2011
I want to reinforce how important YOU are to Open Door Mission by helping provide nutritious meal, safe shelter and life-changing programs thorough your generosity. I, also, have the privilege of visiting with donors, like you, with concerns and/or their experiences while on campus. Thank you again and again.
15 July 2011
At the Timberlake Outreach Center many come thru the doors with emergency situations and with your help, the love of Jesus is shown through providing basic physical needs.
I have had the honor of serving God’s people thru an awesome ministry called 29:11 SuccessNet. The main focus of this program is to help break the cycle of poverty with a simple message of hope thru Jesus Christ.
With your donations, we are given an opportunity to lead many to Christ; and many accept that God does have plans to prosper them! We get to see miracles everyday with many who made a choice to fight poverty. God gave them a gift of hope and courage to go back to school no matter what the circumstances.
Old mindsets are being renewed with the word of God and together we begin a new journey to success. Opportunities through life skill classes and case management will help individuals create a spending plan, reduce debt and save for the future. 2911 SuccessNet is a program designed to prevent homelessness before it happens breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
29:11 Case Manager
Timberlake Outreach Center
13 July 2011
Thanks to the wonderful generosity of our donors, I have witnessed the Open Door Mission rebuild and grow so they can continue to help those with broken lives. They have the new Lydia House for ladies and families. The Permanent Supportive Housing is now open to help out with low income housing. This building opened up just in time for me and my family. Due to the rising rental prices my son and I were forced to move to a motel room I could see our lives were starting to crumble. I found out that I qualify to live in one of these low income apartments and we have moved in, I will now be able to start saving money so that I can continue to rebuild my life.
Maybe around the same time that I am planning on moving into a new home, the homeless and broken men that come to the Open Door Mission will have a new building to move into so they can get the help they need to rebuild their lives.
Development Associate/ Receptionist
12 July 2011
Thank you for partnering with Open Door Mission to Change Lives.
11 July 2011
Through the Timberlake Outreach Center Open Door Mission provides sack lunches and pantries for families struggling to put food on the table. We need your help to provide nutritious meals and pantries for the homeless and near homeless, including the children. Please consider doing a “Fill the Pantry” food drive at your church, workplace or through an organization you belong to. We need “industrial “size cans and boxes, as well as regular size cans and boxes, of non-perishable food.
It is so easy to make a difference in someone’s life, a child’s life, by the simple decision to add an extra can or box of food to your grocery cart for Open Door Mission. Maybe you can even do a grocery bag of food or even a grocery cart. Remember one can or box of food from everyone can “Fill the Pantry”. Please help Open Door Mission “Fill the Pantry” so we can help “Fill the Pantry” for those in need. No child should go hungry.
Call me to set up a Fill the Pantry food drive.