29 November 2007

Teddy Bear Tea

We are in need of blankets at the Open Door Mission. We want to say a BIG THANK YOU to Irene for bringing 44 blankets and Teddy Bears to the Open Door Mission from her annual Teddy Bear Tea. Here she is picture with all of the items that she collected. What a great job she did.

26 November 2007

Brookside Church Member Comments.

Did you here the details of the Brookside shopping event? A small group at brookside asked Pastor Steve if he would be willing to do something spontaneous. The small group was aware that area food banks were low. They talked to someone at ODM and asked what type of canned goods were needed. They asked Steve to announce to both services that when they leave church, they would be given a list of food that was needed at the mission. The members were asked to go to one of three grocery stores and shop for items on the list and then return to Brookside within an hour or two to fill the U-haul. It was so much fun. Our family ran to Walmart. Walmart provided donuts and coffee to shoppers from our church. Before introducing this impromptu event, Pastor Steve announced to the congregation that he has personally felt a new burden to do more for the poor and needy in the world.

It was so much fun.


21 November 2007

Brookside Church Making A Difference

I just feel like busting out in song, “Showers of Blessings…”

I want to give you a little history prior to the Brookside Church arrival on Monday so that you can truly see God’s hand at work.

On Saturday, November 10th, the Open Door Mission held a Health Fair with free flu shots for the homeless and working poor families. Our team of volunteers and staff were not prepared and quite frankly overwhelmed with the response of 1,986 individuals in need.

On Saturday November 17th, the Open Door Mission’s Great Thanksgiving Banquet served more than 6,000 Thanksgiving meals to working poor families and empowered them with a Turkey and Fixin box to remain in their own homes for Thanksgiving.

There has been a 76% increase in program services at the Open Door Mission Ministries, this past quarter. The Timberlake Outreach Center is serving more than 5,000 families, each month.

I say all this to get to my real point, Divine appointment and God’s timing.

Brookside Church could not have shown up at a better time. Our shelves were bare and now they are not.

I want to mention one last thing without being too long winded BUT a few more blessings; the monetary gift of $1,000.00 from Brookside Church members and the other was the willingness of Ann, a Brookside Church member, to do the shopping for the needs of the Open Door Mission.
Time Changes Lives, and your time is valuable, thank you for being used for God’s Kingdom building.

The Open Door Mission is YOUR home mission field, thank you Brookside Church for partnering in making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

I want to thank you for your partnership in Changing Lives for Eternity…

20 November 2007

Food Services Department

Wakey, wakey, wakey....I know that everyone knows the Open Door Mission for their Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

BUT everyday at the crack of dawn when I am still in bed. Clauzell is cracking the eggs, cooking the bacon and flipping the pancakes. BUT not today, I am here watching Clauzell crack the eggs, cook the bacon, and flip the pancakes. And for this grand occasion even Food Service Manager, Brian McIntyre, got out of bed, this morning.

Channel 6 's Rachel Pierce is in the house. Rachel is highlighting the start of the Holiday Season by promoting the food needs of the Open Door Mission and volunteer opportunities. Everyday, 1,500 meals are served up to the hungry and homeless. YOU can be part of it, too. Call 422-1111 ext. 1202 to give of your time a gift that keeps on giving....

16 November 2007

West Cosmo

Thank you to West Cosmo for the 6000lbs of clothing that they brought to the mission today in their annual clothing drive.

Jerry and Roger from West Cosmo along with Candace Gregory President / CEO of Open Door Mission

Employees from West Cosmo along with Candace Gregory

Turkey Relief

There was a great need for turkeys to help feed the hungry and the homeless this holiday season. We just want to say thank you to the many people that have helped made that possible.

Thank you to the students from Skutt High brought in a bunch of turkeys

Thank you to Keven, Chris, Abbey, Mady and Max for bringing in turkey's to help feed the hungry and the homeless

Thank you to KTPV for the turkeys they brought in that will help feed the hungry and the homeless this holiday season

Thankyou to Shila and West Cor for the Check that will help provide meals for the hungry and the homeless this holiday season

15 November 2007

Hope for the Hungry, Hope for the Holidays KFAB Campaign

Just wrapping up from a great day.

I had the opportunity to spend the entire working day from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the KFAB team.

I know that I have the best job in the world.

But.... the KFAB team might be a close second. It was alot of fun.

The KFAB staff and listeners provided meals and care for more than 13,519 homeless men, women and children. Just to give you an idea that will provide 24 hours of meals and care for 9 days at the Open Door Mission and Lydia House.

YOU can still jump in, it's not too late to be part of making a difference right now - log on to http://www.kfab.com/ or call 898-HOPE/898-4673

Let's talk turkey tomorrow...gobble, gobble, gobble....tune into Channel 7 KETV's morning show to catch the update. But just in case you miss it... we are only short 350 turkeys for Saturday.

07 November 2007

Turkey Bowl

Open Door Mission Turkey BowlingOpen Door Mission Turkey Bowling

It was the annual employee PVP Turkey Bowl. This is a fun event sponsored by faithful and dedicated employees who care about those less fortunate in our community. It is a alot FUN:)

05 November 2007

Turkey and Fixin Drive

Lydia House Guest, Jackie(KCRO) and Candace live talk radio on remote at HYVEE located on 90th and Center.

The Open Door Mission kicked off their annual Turkey and Fixin Drive with valued partners such as Channel 42 KPTM, HYVEE, and KGBI 100.7 FM and KCRO 660 AM radio stations. The Open Door Mission is preparing to serve more than 6,500 meals at the Great Thanksgiving Banquet and give away more than 2,000 Turkey and Fixin boxes to the working poor families, in the community, empowering them to be in their own homes. CURRENT TURKEY COUNT: The Open Door Mission is still in need of 800 Turkeys as of today.

01 November 2007

Gregory Gobblins

The Gregory family shining the light in the darkness. The homeless children at Open Door Mission went to "Trunk'n'Treat" at a local church in the metro area last night for some harvest fun.
You can "treat" Open Door Mission in a very special way by helping to provide turkeys for the Great Thanksgiving Banquet. Please visit us at any one of the HyVee stores in the metro area. If you would like to see the "mission in action" and provide a turkey too-please join us this Sunday November 4th at Open Door Mission for "Turkey'n'Tour" from 1:00-3:00pm. We will have treats for you and you will be able to see first hand how you make a difference in the lives of the hungry, homeless and hurting.
Looking forward to seeing you Friday or Sunday.