30 January 2010

The New Lydia House

“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” —Ephesians 4:16

What a blessing! We are moved in to the new Lydia House Building. It took team work from every department at Open Door Mission. It was awesome to see each person use the gifts that God has given them to help move all of our Emergency Families with children, Emergency Singles, Program Families with Children and Program Singles. This also freed up our old residence for men, who would sleep on floor mats, to have a bed.

It was a blessing to see our guests as they first stepped into their new rooms. You could feel the Spirit moving throughout the building.

Thank You, Father, for calling me by name and giving me every gift and talent I have. I pray that You will help me to diligently use them to bless You and others. Amen.

Kate Fischer
Emergency Services Coordinator

29 January 2010

Journey to Work

Fred’s story starts about 11 months ago, when he was homeless, and was referred to Open Door Mission. Fred was asked if he would like to participate in the Journey To Work Program; he agreed and, started right away.

Fred had not worked in nine years and was worried that he would not be employable. As part of the requirements for his advanced level in Journey To Work, Fred attended WorkNet at the Mission. After graduation, Fred found new zeal for job searches and to find employment with the new tools he had been given.

Fred is now gainfully employed and living in the Permanent Supportive Housing complex here at Open Door Mission. Fred is so thankful that he was referred to the Mission and was able to attend WorkNet classes. He used that information to land him this new job. He is thankful to the Lord for blessing him through Open Door Mission and he looks forward to getting an even better job and one day living in his own house once again.

Tyrone Abdul
Community Casemanager

28 January 2010

Your Donations Matter

I work at the Timberlake Outreach Center where we serve not only our residents, but also our community. If you have donated Gift-in-Kind to Open Door Mission, it comes to the Timberlake Outreach Center to be given to folks in need!

Not only do we have clothing, toys, shoes, books & household items, we have furniture & diapers too! Can you imagine…walking into a place knowing that they can help you with diapers, free of charge, and walking out being blessed that you were able to get clothing for your children for free, too? This is the reality for many of our community members. We are blessed to be able to help clients with the physical items, and even more blessed when they are open to hearing about the love of Jesus.

Here at the Timberlake Outreach Center, we are not only interested in your physical well being, but also your mental and spiritual well being. Our Community Case Managers get to share all kinds of resources along with their love for the Lord with each client they meet.

FREE Life Skills Classes are offered to empower our clients with the knowledge they need to move forward in their lives and remain in their own homes.

Right now, we have several different Life Skills Classes such as: GED, ESL (English as a Second Language), Common Sense Parenting, Budgeting and a parent/child class called Arts for All.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in a Life Skills Class, please contact Judy Collins at 402-829-1540 for more information on our class times and dates!

Amy Springer
Timberlake Outreach Center Administrator

22 January 2010

WorkNet Success Story

Larry walked into my WorkNet career planning class January 8, 2010. He was dressed impeccably, articulate and ready to work. The WorkNet class was the last leg on his New Life Recovery Program. As I got to know Larry, he shared how he came to the Mission. He had struggled with a drug addiction for years, had come off a night of using and was walking down the street trying to figure out what to do with his life. He was hungry and homeless. As he aimlessly walked down Abbot Drive, he decided to stop at Open Door Mission.

Looking at Larry today, it is hard to believe that he was ever, Hungry for food, and Hungry for a new life. He has now dealt with the addiction that contributed to the downward spiral in his life and he is ready to regain his position in the community using his great skills: Larry has 20 years of experience in the food hospitality industry, proficiency in dietary needs and production and has specialized training in food safety. Having him in class, I can wholeheartedly attest that he is dependable, hardworking and focused. He is humble, teachable and the man knows how to dress! I have no doubt that Larry will find a job using his skills and begin living his new life.

Joy Stevens
WorkNet Director

15 January 2010

Open Door Mission Encourages Volunteers on Martin Luther King, Jr Day

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Day of Service • January 18, 2010

Americans will once again honor the memory and message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a national Day of Service, led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, on January 18, 2010.

Dr. King once said, “Life’s most urgent and persistent question is: what are you doing for others?” He challenged us to build a more perfect union and taught us that everyone has a role to play in making America what it ought to be. Forty years later, we still have work to do to realize Dr. King’s dream of economic opportunity for all. The needs are great, many Americans are hurting, and government can’t do it alone. We need citizens to help renew our nation though service – on the King Holiday, and throughout the year.

Serve at
Open Door Mission
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

No matter what your age, you can volunteer!

06 January 2010

Little House on the Prairie

Open Door Mission and Omaha Performing Arts have partnered to combine live entertainment with a good cause. For each ticket purchased,

Little House on the Prairie
January 12-17, 2010
Orpheum Theater • Slosburg Hall

$5 will be donated to assist the Mission in breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Regularly priced tickets at $61.50 each, will be available through this offer for only $39.00!

Get your tickets at www.eventusher.com
Password: mission

Little House on the Prairie takes on a new frontier in this uplifting musical starring Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura in the much-loved television show, as Ma Ingalls.