27 April 2012
23 April 2012
When Bryce’s grandfather told him about the programs offered by Open Door Mission, Bryce didn’t even hesitate. He joined the Journey to Work Program—focusing on breaking the cycle of homelessness through personal development, money management, job training and educational skills.
There have been so many benefits and positive experiences going through the program. Bryce has been able to humble himself and have a new relationship with God. It has also helped him to gain a new, stronger self-confidence and he is able to interact with others in a more positive, healthy way. He has already begun to give back to Open Door Mission by volunteering his time as security at the Lydia House while he is going through the Journey to Work Program.
Bryce’s biggest desire upon graduating from the program this spring, is to get his eight year old daughter back, who is currently living with his sister in Washington state. He hopes to restore and strengthen relationships with family members as well as get back to the family business of farming. Bryce feels confident that he is at a good place in his life. With God in his life, he will be able to accomplish every one of his dreams and desires, especially to be a great dad to his little girl.
Submitted by Shelly Martin
Open Door Mission Volunteer
17 April 2012
As a child, Mikaela grew up in a very loving home. At age 11, she was introduced to drugs by a relative and, yet, managed to live a somewhat “normal” life during her school years. After graduating from high school, her life spiraled out of control. She was hanging out with drug users and dealers and soon found herself as an inmate in the county jail. Following court ordered drug rehabilitation, she remained sober for four years.
In 2010, things spun out of control, and Mikaela found herself turning to drugs. Her mother realized she had to demonstrate tough love to get Mikaela’s attention. Mikaela was no longer allowed to stay at her mother’s home and, as a result, found herself walking and sleeping on the streets for six weeks. In spite of all this, Mikaela managed to hold two jobs while homeless, but used that money to feed her addictions.
While on the streets Mikaela came to the conclusion that things had to change. She knew all about rehab, but felt something was missing from the program she had gone through years earlier.
At this point, Mikaela remembered hearing about Open Door Mission’s Lydia House and its Bible-based New Life Recovery Program. In need of help, she made the tough decision to give custody of her two year old son to her mother. Mikaela checked herself in at the Lydia House and enrolled in the New Life Recovery Program.
There she soon found God’s Word permeating her mind through the classes she attended. In November 2011, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. Mikaela considers herself to be a brand new baby Christian and knows she is in the right place for growth to occur. She realizes that she has a long way to go but knows she can make it by allowing God to have His way in her life.
Mikaela hopes to regain custody of her son in April and pursue a nursing degree. Her goal is to conquer her addiction and be gainfully employed so she can provide herself and her son a brighter future. Mikaela’s prayer is to truly find the heart of God, get to know her “real” self, and keep growing in every part of her life. Will you join us in praying for Mikaela?
Submitted by Celeste Norman
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” ~2 Corinthians 5:17
12 April 2012
Vince Leisey, President of Prudential Ambassador Real Estate and a group of employees have been volunteering their valuable time on the Open Door Mission Campus faithfully over the last 8 years. The 2nd Wednesday of each month, they help serve the hot, nutritious meals to many hungry and homeless men, women, and children. Here are just a few reasons why they come....
"Prudential Ambassador Real Estate has been coming on a monthly basis because we feel we have been so fortunate ourselves and we want to give back to the community..""I have been coming for 7 years because it is so rewarding to do something for our fellow man and families we see here."Ellie"I have been coming for a number of years because it is enjoyable to give back to someone who needs help and I think I take away more than I give."Dick"This is my first time coming and I came because it is always nice to give back to the community and there are people that need help and assistance. I know that if I was in their shoes, I would want the help"Rusty