21 December 2006

Long time, no talk....

Good Morning,

Believe it or not the only reason that I am having the opportunity to blog is that the Open Door Mission phone lines are down. The only mode of communication for me is by email or in person. Since, no one is beating down my front door, I thought that I would take the opportunity to catch you up on a few things. Especially, since several blogger watchers have complained that I have not been blogging. Sorry, but it is a little busy down here.

Well, Saturday was awesome. Hundreds of children attended Open Door Mission's Happy Birthday Jesus Party. They were entertained by St. James Untied Methodist Church's puppet team and magician Joe Cole. We had a great time celebrating Jesus birthday with our annual singing of Happy Birthday Jesus and blowing out the candles on the cake. Because of the generosity of the community through Operation Santa, every child received received a gift bag. These bags are taken home and the parents wrap the gifts to be under the tree from themselves or Santa. A great big thank you to KFAB and KGOR.

On Monday, MITA dropped off their annual donation of new educational books. There were more than 7,000 new books. These books are sorted by age and gender by volunteers and used in the Operation Santa bags, at Lydia House so that all homeless children have a new book of their own, and at Back To School Bash. This is a wonderful partnership that provides new books to homeless and near homeless children in our community.

On Tuesday, 94.1 and their team of listeners provided more than 217,000 diapers for the babies and toddlers of the Lydia House. The majority of the mothers seeking shelter at the Lydia House are victims of domestic violence, to have diapers provided is a huge burden lifted. Also, not to mention the right sizes for each baby and child are readily available because of this program. This program is allowing the Community Services department of the Open Door Mission to expand their preventive measure programs in 2007. The working poor families that attend life skills classes such as budgeting and parenting will be given diapers for their time spent in class. 94.1 Thanks for keeping so many bums (baby bottoms) dry throughout the year.

Watch for guest bloggers all next week:0

12 December 2006


Whew, our feet are not even touching the floor, staff are moving along so quickly these days.

We are struggling to be ready for Saturday's Happy Birthday Jesus Party. Our numbers are tallied for preregistration, it will be our largest project, in the Open Door Mission's History. We are preparing to serve 4,393 children on Saturday. This does not include our waiting list.

It is not too late to join in the fun.

We have approximately 1,600 more bags to do before noon on Friday. If you can spare anytime join us at the Open Door Mission's warehouse to sort and stuff bags, 8 a.m to 8 p.m.

We are short on Saturday, too. Just contact the Open Door Mission's Volunteer Department for more information at 422-1111 ext.1202

07 December 2006

Tune in Today

From the Heart of the President

Tune in to KCRO AM 660 at 4:00 p.m. today Thursday, December 7 and join me for Hope for the Holidays A special Open Door Mission one-hour broadcast. I hope that you will be blessed and encouraged as you listen to stories and testimonies about how men, women, and children are finding Hope at Open Door Mission this holiday season - because of friends, like you, who care.

Thank you.


05 December 2006

Note of Encouragement from an Open Door Mission Supporter

Thanks for all you do for hurting people that I cannot do.

My God richly bless the Open Door Mission, the staff, and those who cross the threshold.

Merry Christmas!!


04 December 2006

Shop With A Cop

I hope that you had an opportunity to read the article in Sunday's paper in the Midlands section. The article focused on the increase of numbers of homeless at the Open Door Mission since the cold weather hit. As I headed to my car this morning, I was so glad that the cold snap had broken. Last week, as I ran from my heated home, to my warmed up car and then to my toasty office. I realize how much I take for granted. In our community, there literally are men, women and children that do not have adequate shelter nor are their physical needs being met. I thank God for the Open Door Mission and Lydia House and for the ones that have the opportunity to enter the doors.

Tonight, is Shop With A Cop. This is an annual event for the children of the Open Door Mission and Lydia House. Many times, our children have only met law enforcement during negative times in their life in relation to domestic violence, drugs, gangs, etc. This is an opportunity for each child to be partnered with a law enforcement officer for an evening of activities. Each child, will ride with an officer in their cruiser, shop together for clothes and toys, eat supper and visit Santa. This is a huge positive role model experience for the children. Thank you to the Irvington Walmart and the Omaha Police Union for their commitment and time to make this program a success.