29 August 2013

Achieving the impossible

“The difficult is what takes a little time. The impossible is what takes a little longer” -Fridtjof Nansen

We have a total of about 50 adult students
working on GED, higher education, trade school,
or skills improvement classes. 
I read this quote in a running magazine this weekend but it made me think of many of the men and women that I work with in the Learning Center at Open Door Mission. When many of our students first come in they are certain that learning is not only impossible for them but also irrelevant. For most it is a fear of failure due to things in their past that hold them back. Others were not provided with adequate educational opportunities as children and now as adults they must deal with the consequences of that.

Although there are many potential and real barriers to learning, our students are breaking through these on a daily basis. I am encouraged regularly by the students in our Learning Center that are achieving the “impossible”.

It only takes one tiny victory to encourage us to work towards the next tiny victory. Before we know it, we can look back at the last several months and realize that we have already achieved what we thought impossible before.

Open Door Mission is always in need of volunteer tutors to help these students reach their goals. Please visit www.opendoormission.org and click on the volunteer button for more information.

Blessings,

Vickie Gregorio
Learning Center Director

25 August 2013

Searching for Meaning…Finding Jesus


This is a story about a 19 year old name Tim.  Tim showed up a few months after I had started working at the Garland Thompson Men’s Center.  After joining the New Life Recovery Program for substance abuse, Tim started asking questions about God.  I will never forget the conversations we had at 11 o’clock at night with my much wiser coworker, Russell.  I witnessed Tim start off with a lot of doubt, curiosity and a million questions about the Bible, God’s will, His love, Mercy, forgiveness and how that translates in our lives.

It was great to watch Tim pour over scripture, digging for truth and meaning.  He has navigated through false teachings that were presented to him that many new believers would have been deceived by.  Tim started to improve every area of his life, physically, relationally, mentally and most importantly spiritually.  Even though he has struggled to get up at 4:30 in the mornings at times in order to serve the guests staying with us, his work ethic is ever improving.

Being an employee that is 25, I relate to a lot of the things Tim is going through, and have to say I am impressed with his desire for holiness.  He genuinely wants to look like Jesus to the people in his world.  I am very proud to serve at the Open Door Mission and watch God do miraculous changes in men’s lives for all of us who are willing to let Him!

Josh Smith

Operations Department

24 August 2013

Always With Us….Always An Opportunity


Today marks my two month anniversary since joining the staff at the Open Door Mission.  Like any new beginning, I’ve had to adjust to new routines, a new culture and even a new drive to work.  Every day on my drive in to work, I pass a billboard that reads:

That “Love Thy Neighbor” thing…

I meant that.

– God”                       

I believe He means it.  Do you?

Since my arrival on staff at the mission, I’ve often pondered a question.  Will there ever come a time where there is no poor?  Jesus seems to answer the question when He says that the poor will always be with us (Matthew 26:11; Mark 14:7).  Several other Scriptures talk of the existence of the poor and how we should treat them.  However, I wrestle with Deuteronomy 15:4-5 which says:  there need be no poor people among you, for in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as your inheritance, he will richly bless you, if only you fully obey the Lord your God and are careful to follow all these commands I am giving you today.”

Reconciling these passages leads me to the conclusion that our failure to fully follow God’s commands (disobedience) results in the poor being with us.  If only we, as community, can follow Jesus’ lead in Matthew 22:36-40, when He outlines the first and second greatest commands are to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength” and to “love your neighbor as yourself”.  I believe we’d have a changed world.

Do you see the opportunity?  As disheartening as it is that man has failed and the poor are present, it presents an opportunity for us as a community to be a part of God’s redemptive plan.  God has a special place in His heart for the poor and He invites us to participate in a plan to provide for the physical needs and, in turn, share the Gospel.  In other words, love the Lord your God and love your neighbor.

I have been so impacted by the passion and commitment of the volunteers, donors and staff working together and dedicated to meeting the needs of the poor and homeless men, women and children in our community.  Every day, the campus at the Open Door Mission is buzzing with activity as volunteers and staff focuses on loving our neighbor!

Are you a part of what is going on at the Open Door Mission?  If not, don’t miss this opportunity to take a look around and see where you can be a part.  Find out how you can get involved at www.opendoormission.org or call us for a tour.  We’d love to show you around.  The need is great, but so is the fruit that is produced in the lives of everyone touched at the Open Door Mission.  See you soon!

Tim Bowes
Development

23 August 2013

Just a Bunch of Knuckleheads

As one might imagine, there is a lot of planning and process at the Open Door Mission. With hundreds of men, women and children on our campus, engaged in numerous programs. We work pretty diligently to keep the wheels not only on the bus, but turning smoothly and efficiently. All that programming and process is vitally important for the health and growth of our students and guests…but….
 
A wise brother reminded me this week that following Jesus’ example, ministry doesn’t rely on programming but relationship. He told me that Jesus ministry on earth wasn’t a program, but a three year camping trip with a bunch of knuckleheads, that changed life both here and eternally for all of mankind.
 
I announced this week to the 50 or so men in devotions that I was proud to be a knucklehead, and thrilled to have them with me as fellow knuckleheads. Jesus isn’t calling us to be the most gifted or skilled, just the most willing, and my brothers and I stood together in the chapel and asked Jesus to use our little group of knuckleheads any way He chooses. I can’t wait to see what’s next!!!

Scot Morris
Permanent Supportive Housing

22 August 2013

Prayer Wall


 
One of my favorite parts of working at the Open Door Mission is the opportunity to pray. I don’t pray as much as I want to or should or could, but each day I am challenged and encouraged to grow in this area.  We have “prayer walls” in each building on our campus where anyone can post a prayer request and these are all compiled and sent out to all of our staff at the end of each week.  We also receive prayer requests on the phone, on our website, and with our donations through the mail. We believe that there is power in prayer and would love the opportunity to pray for you. If you have any requests please let us know! (http://www.opendoormission.org/prayer-request)

Ryan McDowell
Development Associate

20 August 2013

Waiting for the Harvest


This is my first experience working in what I would deem to be a ministry setting. It is my job to witness to the men who join the recovery programs. It is an amazing and exciting opportunity, and I love seeing the changes that God brings about in men who choose to follow him. The difficult part, however, is when we do not see the changes that we hope for – or at least, we don’t always see them in the timeline that we want to see them in. It is hard to see people continue on in their sin, not following the Lord, and to see the pain that it brings to them. I hate to say it, but I find that over time this leads me towards becoming frustrated and judgmental. It’s in times like that where I have to think back at the example that Christ set for us when he encountered the woman caught in adultery:
“Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” John 8:10-11

I also remind myself of the words of the apostle Paul, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
I know that in my own life, it was the love and the grace of God that gently yet persistently continued to draw me back to him. It was words of encouragement and life that kept me going when I felt like giving up because of the weight of condemnation that I felt. I pray that I never forget this, and that the Lord will continue to use me to draw others back to him.

Sorry it's a bit long, but this was what was on my heart this morning

Thanks! 

Jeremy Settle

Garland Thompson Men's Center

19 August 2013

Milestones to Success


August 28, 2012

October 10, 2012

January 5, 2013

August 2, 2013

September 3, 2013

So you may be thinking, what these dates mean? Well August 28, 2012 was the day Hollie moved into the Lydia House. She was at the Lydia House seeking a life change. She had gotten her 3rd DUI and was facing some jail time and she knew she needed help. OnOctober 10, 2012, Hollie joined the New Life Recovery Program. Her first few months in the program were very difficult as she struggled to let go of her addiction to cigarettes and fully give herself to God. Hollie sat in my office on numerous occasions crying telling me she was not going to be able to quit smoking or even come close to finishing the program. On January 5, 2013, Hollie finally surrendered herself and decided to take on what the entire program offered and give up everything for good. Hollie quit smoking and began excelling and moving through the program. On August 2, 2013, Hollie completed the last level of the program WorkNet and was even Student of the Month. It was amazing to see God’s work in Hollies’ life, from the days in my office telling me she could not do the program to see her smiling face when she graduated the program. So what does September 3, 2013 represent for Hollie? This is the day she starts college. Hollie is planning on going to college and obtaining a culinary arts degree. In what seems like a short 10 months Hollie’s life has been transformed and I am excited to see what God has in store for her in the future. 

Jessica Michaels
Lydia House

18 August 2013

Who Do You Watch? Where Are You Focused?


When an orchestra gets ready to play, every musician has their eyes on the conductor. As he stands above the crowd, he raises his baton. Each musician knows their music well and has spent many hours practicing for this performance. But the conductor knows the responsibility for the timing and execution of the piece rests on him. When he gives the signal, the musicians lift their instruments and start playing. Beautiful music fills the room. BUT throughout the performance the musicians keep their eyes on the conductor and their music.

In life, God is our 'conductor' and the Bible is our 'music'. God oversees each detail of our lives and His timing is perfect. When we wait for God's cues and direction, He guides every 'note' of our lives and orchestrates every moment to 'create a masterpiece' that sings His praise and gives Him glory. There are so many things in life that try to get our attention and change our focus. But if we know our 'music' well and lock our eyes on our 'great conductor' and let Him direct us, we can make beautiful music. After all, He is the 'master musician' and He wrote the 'music'.

Let's make some beautiful music!

 

Lynnette Walter,

Development Associate

17 August 2013

Freedoms Mean Accountability


We all love the freedoms enumerated and protected by our Constitution and should be grateful for the liberties we have as Americans.  However, along with our wonderful rights come important responsibilities.  As believers, we are accountable to God not only for the course of this country, but for the path we take in our lives.  Therefore, we must live in a manner that not only glorifies the Father and edifies others but also preserves and protects the sacred values we hold dear.

Accountability means we are answerable to others, and we should accept this responsibility as a gift from God.  Not only does it provide a system of checks and balances that protect us from harm, but it also gives us unique opportunities to share our lives with others and encourage them.

Accountability is absolutely necessary in every aspect of our life, starting with relationships in our family and among fellow believers.  However, we must also hold others in society responsible for what they do, whether they are in the church, the schools, or the government.  These are serious days for our nation and world, and as believers, we are charged with defending the faith and proclaiming the gospel of salvation, the only true path to freedom from sin and death.  We know the truth, so we cannot keep silent about it.  Rather, we're accountable to declare the truth as passionately, effectively, and fearlessly as we can.

That is why we are so blessed to work at the Open Door mission.  We get to defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ every day.  We get to work in an environment that demands that we tell others the truth.  Our guests’ lives depend on us being accountable to the truth of the gospel.  We have been called to a higher standard, a higher calling and a higher priority of proclaiming the truth.   God Bless us all.  

 

Russell Janssen

Garland Thompson Men's Center

16 August 2013

A “City” Helped Every Month


The other night when I had finished writing my monthly report for the TOC I started to reflect on the growth that has taken place over the past few years, and the impact the Open Door Mission Timberlake Outreach Center has had in preventing homelessness in our community.  We have helped individual families through the free goods we give out each month and the services we offer to those in need.

For instance, last month we helped over 8,850 individuals through our Timberlake Outreach Center, Kings Kloset program.  Think about that for a moment!  We helped more people last month than one of the small cities in Nebraska like Blair (7990), York (7,766), Nebraska City (7,289).  When I realized this I went WOW!!!  It gave me a whole new perspective on the work that is being done through our prevention programs.

Although we do not have a budget for helping people pay their utilities or rent like some agencies; we do give out free clothing, household items, furniture, diapers and food to the near homeless and working poor on monthly bases.  The goal is to help these families stretch their income through receiving some basic necessities from us free.  This helps stretch their income so; they can spend their limited finances on monthly bills like rent, utilities, or gas to get back and forth to work.

We are able to provide these services to thousands of individuals in our community because of your generous donations of goods and hours of service through volunteering at our mission.  So, thank you for partnering with us!  Your help is making a difference in the lives of the needy in our community.      

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

 

Judy Collins

Timberlake Outreach Center Director

15 August 2013

Here to Serve


Good Afternoon, Open Door Mission fans!

I have the distinct pleasure of visiting with our donors regarding:

 Address changes,

The amount of mail received,

Memorials or honorariums,

Yearly giving histories,

Donations, or any other concerns they may have.

It is always a blessing to help our donors understand or give them any needed information requested. I enjoy getting to know our donors who call periodically and even recognize them by voice.

Don’t hesitate to give me a call and I will be happy to help you!

Linda

Development Supervisor

14 August 2013

I Was Shoeless and You Gave Me Shoes


When I am getting ready for the day, all I have to do is look in my closet and I have a myriad of shoes to pick from to go with my outfit.  I have shoes for this color scheme or that look good with this outfit.  I don’t ever have to wonder if I will have shoes to wear for that day.  Today, I was working in the Timberlake Outreach Center, which is our free thrift store for the community.  I was reminded of the reality of many people who walk through our doors as a woman and her two boys came to the front desk.  She asked if we had any boys’ shoes because her son’s shoes had started “talking.”  It was a boy maybe 4 or 5 and his shoes had long since worn out.  She seemed desperate. 

                I love working for a place that thanks to support and donations from the community, can help meet these basic needs.  If our ministry didn’t exist, this boy, quite literally would have no shoes on his feet.  This story isn’t an isolated case.  I have seen children literally come in with no shoes on in freezing temperatures.  To see children walking in without a proper winter wear is extremely common.

Matthew 25:36 says “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.”  This is Jesus telling his disciples what the King will say to people as they enter into eternal life with Him.  It says that they will respond, when did we ever see you naked, or sick, or in prison.  And the King responds in verse 40, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Children choosing everything from
shoes to toys at Timberlake Outreach center

                Thank you to those of you who help us minster to people with real tangible and spiritual needs.  You may not think of it this way, but the shoes, clothes, or other items you donate to us are things for the Lord.  They suddenly become things of eternal value because they are going straight to the people so close to the Lord’s heart. Thank you again, we literally could not do what we do, without the support from you all!

Bethany Loux

Volunteer Department

13 August 2013

God Calls...He Equips


I’m a fan of the saying “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called”.   Nearly every time I have been called into a new ministry position, I have known that I am NOT fully equipped.  This is not to say that I am unaware that I have certain gifts, talents and experiences that some person recognized and said, “We’d like you to …… (fill in the blank)”.   It does mean that I suffer no delusions that God’s call is out of something awesome He may have for my talent. 

What I have experienced and am experiencing once again is that God recognizes a willing heart and then orchestrates positions to affect His Will.  Today, when I am asked “why do you work at the Mission?” I have learned to say “because God called”.   Often people will then say, “Oh you’d be good at that.”  To which I have to reply, “I firmly believe that I am here to learn as much as I am here to help; that God is doing something in me as much as he is doing something through me.  It is this solid conviction that spurs me on.   May God do something in you today as much as through you. 
 
Mike Goett
Garland Thompson Men's Center

12 August 2013

WorkNet=Success

Last Friday I had the opportunity to graduate six people from my WorkNet class. It was one of the best graduations that we have ever held for a couple reasons. First, while there were six people graduating, I had two others that were not able to make their graduation because they were working! Of the 8 people that started the class 2 had already found employment before the end of the class, and a third found a position the day of graduation! The second reason that this WorkNet graduation was so AMAZING was because one of my former WorkNet graduates, Dean F., was able to come to graduation to be our special speaker. Dean graduated WorkNet July 2012, and has been in his full time job for a year! He is making positive changes in his life and it is showing. He shared how taking WorkNet helped him to focus his career goals and get his Dream Job in customer service. He has been very successful at his job and has made his bonus each month!  This is what I LOVE to hear, people achieving their goals and living their dreams!
If you know someone who would like to change their life and pursue their Dream Job have them call me to enroll in WorkNet!! Classes start the first Monday of the month!
Noelle Pee
WorkNet Director
402-829-1549

10 August 2013

Learning to Act…Not React


Hi, my name is John E Lindsey, and I provide mental health services and do case management in the shelter and with men when they join one of our life changing programs.

Recently I worked with a man who was trying to get his children back.  He needed to work with several agencies, and to interact with staff in a way that he could be heard.  So we worked on assertiveness, and slowing down to redirect the tendency to react to situations, especially with such an emotionally laden issues as seeking to be a father. 

Things are moving forward, Steve was able to follow through on situations and to take actions that were responsive and not merely reactive.  Last week he was able to get housing. Pray for Steve and his children there are many obstacles ahead of them.

 

John Lindsey

Garland Thompson Men's Center

09 August 2013

Restart for a New Life


 “I need to restart my life.” Is a common saying I hear from the ones that move into the Crisis Center.  Restarting your life is a big deal. Changing habits and way of life are one of the hardest things to do. Many of us run to things that we are used to and/or comfortable with, such as, relationships, previous behaviors, habits, addictions, the list goes on.

It is written in Romans 12: 2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

I see many of our men, women, and children transforming their lives. Throughout Open Door Mission programs, as well as transforming their lives by choice. In order to transform a life or anything in that matter takes time, patience, hope, and commitment.

God gives us time, he is patience with us when we do wrong, he has overpowering hope and he is the father that is committed to us and only us.  You know that feeling when you wake up in the morning and you do not want to get up because the bed is nice and warm, but you know if you don’t get up you are going to be late for work. Well life is the same way if you get too comfortable, you might miss out on the miracles in life.

Such as: The Rocky Mountain National Park (or I like to say, the “Stairways of Heaven”)

 
Macaela Post
Lydia House


08 August 2013

The Gift of REST


….a bedtime story….a kiss goodnight….soft p.j.’s….a comfy bed with clean sheets and blankets.
For moms and dads, bedtime is one of the best times of the day with their children; but for so many struggling in poverty, this picture is not reality.

 The Open Door Mission provides families with what many of us take for granted.  The generosity of donors and volunteers, combined with the efforts of a dedicated staff, affords clean bedding for 816 beds on campus, as well as emergency overflow mats. Beds take on personality with bright colors, quilts, and stuffed animals. And finally, families find Rest.  

Once physical needs are met, guests learn that ultimate rest is found in Christ. It is only in Him that we find our complete rest—from the cares of the world, from the sorrows that plague us, and from the need to work to make ourselves acceptable to Him.
               Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you Rest  Matt 11:28 NIV

 

Rachel Gillespie
Senior Development Officer

06 August 2013

Angles


Have you ever noticed that viewing things from different angles provides astoundingly different results? Look at a Rear projection TV perpendicular to the viewing surface and you get a great picture and deep rich colors. View it from 30 degrees or 150 degrees and it isn’t so stellar. You won’t be able to see much of the action, if anything at all.

Or take a satellite map of an area for example. From that view, anyone could find anyplace they needed and navigate there with little to no problem. Change the angle to being in the car looking for the very small printed house number on the same color houses for 3 blocks straight and it’s a different story. This view is true of people also. Someone may look from a distance and see “another homeless person.” But if they get closer and take a few steps out of their comfort zone, the entire “person” they saw before is totally different.

 While this concept applies to all these situations with varying degrees, we sometimes forget that it also applies to the Gospel. God is so incomprehensibly large that each of our view angles are different. I am not advocating a watered down Universalism, but calling for a deeper appreciation of God’s “viewing angles.” The object didn't change in any of the examples above, it remained the same and consistent. It was the viewing angle that shifted. When it comes to the Gospel we have a tendency to forget this. We think “God is just” and “He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.” We are absolutely sure God has forgiven us but will bear his wrath on the wicked we see around us.

 While this is true and the object of our gaze remains the same, there are different viewing angles. “God is fair and just; He corrects the misdirected, Sends them in the right direction. 9 He gives the rejects his hand, and leads them step-by-step.” Someone addicted to drugs in the past knows and loves “God’s Grace angle” much more than the one raised in the church his whole life. The view that God will save the sinner and redeem the lost is more prevalent in the life of someone who has come from a life entrenched in sin, than that of one who has “little to forgive.”

Truth came into my brain, as I sat at the Open Door Mission across from a woman crying. She was crying/ listening to a song I had happily “jammed out” to many times. It is a fun song packed with truth about God. But the shift in the viewing angle that she had made the song overwhelmingly powerful. Her viewing angle on the truth presented illuminated wholly unseen depths to the song I had listened to many times before. I tear up listening to it now because I have seen from the other viewing angle. I have caught a glimpse of God from another’s angle. Isn’t it wonderful to see how big our God is? Isn’t it great to know there are other viewing angles?  I sure think so. It brings about such depth to his character and person that it draws me to him more. I sure hope it does you too. Come down to the Open Door Mission and “Catch a different viewing angle.” It’s a powerful thing to see…

This is the song we listened together as we met (Be warned, it is Christian rap, so the style may be different, but the message is THE GOSPEL):


Taylor Clinch

Permanent Supportive Housing Director

Open Door Mission

05 August 2013

Success Stories of the Open Door Mission's New Life Recovery Program


I would like to share with you the beautiful story of my friend and co-worker's rise from the ashes to his brand new life.

My friend is Gary M.  Gary, or "Red" as he was known informally, has been a guest of the ODM off and on for over nine years I'm told.  I met Gary last July (2012) shortly after I arrived on the doorsteps of the ODM myself.  Gary was just beginning his rise out of the ashes of years of destructive living just as I was.

Gary and I both were students in the New Life Recovery Program.  I got to witness the gradual but consistent growth in Gary's recovery and new walk in the Lord.  We were always in each other's proximity, so it was a great thing to see someone continually striving and being renewed by the transformation of their mind as the scripture describes.  We bunked in the same area, we went to the same classes, we ate our meals in the same area, we had the same chore/ministry assignments and we went to the same church twice a week.  

What I witnessed was Gary consistently in the Word, maybe struggling, but always turning over what struggles he was having to the Lord.

What I see today is an eager man of God who has been given a new life by Jesus, the Author of Life.  Gary is a successful graduate of the NLRP as of April this year, he's completed a successful internship with the Garland Thompson Men's Center, he's a current student of TUMI (The Urban Ministries Institute), and an overnight supervisor at the GTMC, my co-worker, my friend and my brother in Christ.  I have seen what Jesus can do in renovating and redirecting a life firsthand through my brother, Gary.  I am in love with his walk, his eagerness and new zeal for life and his family and especially his ministry here at the Open Door Mission's Garland Thompson's Men Center.  I love seeing success in someone's life; it is so very inspiring...thank you Jesus Christ / Author of Life!!

I attached a picture of the poster that Gary has placed on the exterior of the door to his abode.

04 August 2013

Spiritual Growth


1 Timothy 2:1-2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people

 

I have been working at the Open Door Mission as the Timberlake Outreach Center’s Bilingual Intake Specialist for about 9 months now.  Around this time last year, I started to search for that perfect job we all wanted.  The description of my perfect kind of job was something that allowed me to use my bilingual skills, something that brought multiple cultures together, something that would keep me always busy, and something that would always challenge me and make me grow into the person I’ve been destined to become.  After graduating from College of Saint Mary with a degree in Business Administration, I was determined to find the job that would allow me to grow into the professional I had dreamed of my whole life.  Instead, God brought me to the Open Door Mission.  He brought me here, to this specific position, not for professional growth but for personal and spiritual growth. 

Working the front desk, could be so tiring and stressful.  I remember the first couple of weeks all I just wanted to go to bed as soon as I got home.  I don’t think I had ever seen so much poverty and so many hungry people in one day. In the next few months I got to see all kinds of people.  I’ve seen people who are in extreme poverty yet only take exactly what they need, nothing less nothing more.  I’ve also seen people who don’t really need a lot but they still take as much as they can.  Just as I thought I had seen it all, God stepped in and proved me wrong.

Last week on Monday, I had to call in sick.  I had gotten a cold over the weekend and I was not feeling good at all.  On Tuesday morning I was still feeling as sick as the day before, but I got up and I went to work.  I can only describe that morning as horrible.  We were terribly busy that morning, the air conditioning in the building was not working at all, I had a headache, and I just wanted to go talk to Judy and ask her if I could go home.  I checked in my last guest in line, and as I saw her walking away from the desk, I sighed.  She must have heard me because she stopped and said “long day?” to which a replied with a “Yes.  We’ve been so busy today.  The ac does not work, I’m sick, I have a headache, and I just want to go home” She looked at me and said “Well if you feel like that, then you know what time it is.  Hold my hand and let’s pray” She prayed for me in such a beautiful way, that her prayers gave me the strength to stay until 6pm when my shift is over.
 
Guiliani Becerra
Timberlake Outreach Center

 
 

01 August 2013

Everything Lost…in a Flash


Did you ever have one of those moments where everything changed in a matter of seconds?  Have you ever lost everything at a moment’s notice?  Or, have you lost something of sentimental value that you can’t replace?  Last Friday I witnessed such an event. 

I watched in agony as a fire ripped through a unit in my apartment complex.  Flames reached high in the sky and burned everything within its reach.  The entire unit was engulfed by a blazing inferno. Its intensity was so great that it turned the building into a pile of useless rubble. 

This tragedy left 50 individuals without a home.  Clothing, Cash, furniture, and priceless items were left behind. It was apparent that whatever remained was to become only a distant memory.

Immediately I began to see where Open Door Mission could help these displaced residents. Our Women and Family Crisis Center, the Garland Thompson Men’s Center, Lydia House, and Kings Kloset all could be utilized.  What a relief to know there is a place for such immediate assistance. 

My hope is that in situations like these people know about Open Door Mission. I encourage you to spread the knowledge about Open Door Mission.  Inform your family, friends, neighbors, and church of all the services we offer.  Locate information on our website and pass it on.

From food to shelter to hope..it is all at Open Door Mission.
Open Door Mission has helped and continues to help many individuals in the Omaha area and beyond.  Your faithful donations and support makes this possible.  From the addict off the street, to the widowed mother, to the one who just found out they lost everything, Open Door Mission is a refuge.  Please continue to spread the word and contribute what you can.  Together, with your help we shall overcome. 


CHRISTOPHER YELINKO

Development Associate