27 February 2010

I joined the staff of the Garland Thompson Men’s Center several weeks ago, leaving a trade I had been involved in for thirty one years. As a volunteer for Open Door Mission for many years, I thought I knew the ins and outs fairly well. Very quickly, I found I was mistaken. I knew the staff had a heart for the homeless; but then I saw their tears of compassion for those in need. I saw men others would call unlovable, reach out and help me with my day to day projects. I saw these men take pride in their labor, and I was proud of them.

As I learn more everyday, I know I will share with them one constant. Do you know how you have blessed me? Not many can say they loved their trade for thirty one years, only to have God put you where your heart knew you should be. I’ll never call it a job again. Thank you.

Pat McKernan
Garland Thompson Men’s Director

26 February 2010

LaDonna is a single mother of two and a recent graduate of the WorkNet and New Life Programs. She learned skills in WorkNet career planning that showed her how to market herself on paper, over the phone and in person. Admittedly, she has a great personality and strong work ethic, but in the WorkNet class she learned how to market herself and be prepared for the paper and interview process.

This picture was taken after she stopped by to tell me that she is now employed. She will be working for the American Red Cross. The photo does not portray the cheering and shouting that took place when we received the news. Now this is what it’s all about!

Joy Stevens
WorkNet Director

25 February 2010

The Open Door Mission’s Permanent Supportive Housing is designed to assist families and individuals as they move from homelessness to independent housing. Supportive housing serves as a foundation for those that have experienced homelessness—for a variety of reasons and keeping them from losing courage along the way.

I have heard one of our Permanent Supportive Housing residents say “I am so grateful that I have a chance to put into practice what I’ve learned. I thought it would be easy, but it’s not. If I had been out there on my own, I would have gone back to what I used to do.” Another person said “I thank God for Open Door Mission and for the opportunities I have here.” yet another said “I’m happy here, this is exactly what I need.”

I am thankful that I have the opportunity to see the growth and excitement of what is being brought about in the lives of residents of Permanent Supportive Housing. I know there are even greater things in store for us.

Jeannette Blackstone
Permanent Supportive Housing Director

23 February 2010

Ultra Chic Prom Boutique

Do you need a prom dress, bridesmaid gown, or other formal attire for a special event?

All dresses will be sold for just $20.00 a piece!
(Proceeds will be benefit Lydia House.)

In addition to the awesome selection of dresses, there will be plenty of local vendors, stylists, accessories, a fashion show and more to help make your occasion unforgettable.

Plus, we will have an exclusive dance performance by the Nebraska Dance Company, raffle prizes and a grand prize drawing!

Ultra Chic Prom Boutique
Saturday, February 27
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Central

Remember, your shopping brings hope to hungry families and, hope for a new life!

22 February 2010

Employment Opportunities

We are growing at Open Door Mission which means we are looking for a few good candidates to join our team.

We are expanding our Garland Thompson Men's Center, serving 300+ homeless men. We have full-time and part-time positions open, working with our homeless men.

If cooking is your style, we are looking for a Sous Chef to join our hospitality team. At Open Door Mission, we believe hope begins with a meal.

We have opened our New Lydia House and are looking for an evening House Supervisor.

If you’re looking for employment opportunities, this might be the place. Check out our posting on Career Link or Open Door Mission's website. There is nothing like being part of a team that helps Change Lives.

Amy Buss
HR Director

20 February 2010

Valentine’s Day is all about love, and we sure saw an outpouring of that here at Open Door Mission. If you remember last Sunday, we all looked out the window to see the snow blowing around. The snow didn’t last long, but the cold sure settled in. We thought attendance at our Hearts of Hope Baby shower that afternoon would be slim. We were surprised and blessed when people started coming through the doors, bringing with them wonderful gifts for our mothers at Lydia House.

While we were having fun with our shower guests, volunteers were working with our chefs, Dave and Ramon, to prepare a Valentine’s Day banquet. The youth from Covenant Presbyterian Church was one of our very special volunteer groups. They worked cheerfully to decorate the dining room and chapel with hearts and streamers. We then invited our hungry and homeless guests to sit at red and white tables, and served them a delicious roast beef dinner. During dinner, the youth visited with our guests. What a pleasure and blessing it was to watch these Christian kids sitting down with our clients, engaging them in conversation. Valentine’s Day is about love, and we had a terrific day at Open Door Mission, sharing the love of Jesus. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers that made the day possible!

Cris Morris
Volunteer & Partner Director

19 February 2010

He Covers Our Needs

In these uncertain economic times, we hear often of the hardships people are facing. Truth is, history attests that no matter the year or the socio-economic conditions, need is an ever present condition of humanity. The poor have, and will always be among us.

The Bible tells us of a specific remedy in Deuteronomy 15:11: “For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy need, in thy land.”

The Timberlake Outreach Center is a place where God’s plan is perfected by connecting those in need with those wanting to give. Clients and donors, are thankful there is a store that delivers what it advertises, namely: when in need, you can come and pick out clothing, baby items, diapers, personal care items, furniture and more - - and you can even talk with a resource or 29:11 case manager, or take GED, ESL, Budgeting or Parenting classes.

When you are able to donate food, furnishings, clothing, and personal care items, you give knowing that it will be re-given free of charge. Our relocated Receiving Center is on the back side of the Timberlake Outreach Center.

To donors, we say “Thank You!” Your generosity and obedience in giving makes a difference in the lives of so many. To those needing, we say, “Welcome! How can we help you?”

There is no place like the Open Door Mission. Whether a prayer request, a referral to a community resource, clothing, baby items, furniture, or a spot in one of our in-house programs, history and God proves again and again He will cover our nakedness!

Kelli Young
Community Case Manager

18 February 2010

Lesson for the Day

Jesus talked about helping the poor and needy in Matthew 25:35-40

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 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.' "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.

For 7 years I worked in the Men's ministry and Lydia House departments with with the clients. Now, as the Executive Administrator I don't get the chance to spend much time with the residence that we serve. I have had the awesome opportunity the last week to help in the Men's Ministry Department working with all the men that are living at the Open Door Mission. To see the men in the morning getting ready for the day after having a good night's sleep in a warm place, having a hot nutritious meal in their belly before they head out for the day and a friendly "good morning" from a smiling face, brings a joy and smile to their faces.

These are things that many homeless men, women, and children in the Heartland don't get on a daily basis but because thanks to the generosity of the community Open Door Mission is able to provide, warm safe shelter, hot nutritious meals, life changing programs and a smiling face.

If you would like to see how you can make a difference in the lives of men, women, and children please visit the Open Door Mission's website at www.opendoormission.org and sign up for your orientation and tour today.

James Cummings
Executive Administrator

17 February 2010

There is no way we can ever comprehend the fullness of GOD’S love. However, by His grace, sometimes we are the recipient to glimpses of our Savior’s goodness.

As I worked in my office the other day one of our veterans knocked on the door and asked to speak with me for a moment. His name is Charles and normally he does not have much to say. I was surprised because he rarely engages in a conversation, without being prompted. I invited Charles in and offered him a seat. He refused, citing a bad knee that prevented him from sitting too long. Charles wanted me to know that if he did not receive any further services from the Open Door Mission, the free dental care he was given the day before was more than enough. Charles praised the LORD and shared that in the past, he would not talk much because he was embarrassed by his bad teeth. With a twinkle in his eye, and a brand new toothy smile, Charles again praised the LORD and turned away.

What a great GOD we serve.

Jessie Powell
Veterans Coordinator

16 February 2010

Hearts of Hope Baby Shower Update

If you missed Valentines Day at Open Door Mission, you really missed a wonderful celebration. We had our Hearts of Hope Baby Shower for the Lydia House, followed by our Hearts of Hope Banquet.

We received many wonderful donations to give our mothers that reside with us. We were able to give tours of the new Lydia House building to all baby shower attendees.

For all who came, I am so glad I got to meet you and share in your excitement of the new Lydia House and the expanded services we now provide to the community. I want to personally thank you on behalf of our families for all your donations. It is such a blessing to see the community come together to aid women and children.

Charity Watts
Lydia House Director

John Lindsey - Case Manager

Hi, my name is John Lindsey, and I am the Coordinator for the New Life Recovery Program and the Wellness Connection. I have served at Open Door Mission for ten years as a mental health therapist. My new role is exciting and challenging, as I do more case management to engage and equip individuals who are seeking to arrest their addiction issues, and heal from various afflictions they have experienced throughout their life. My job as a servant of Christ is to labor in the power of Spirit to engage and equip these men to learn personal skills, to develop perspectives that will empower them to take a few more steps down the road of life and toward the Lord of life.

Two passages of Scripture I use for the basis of my ministry at Open Door Mission are: Mark 4:13-20 where Jesus informs the Disciples about the spiritual meaning of the parable of the Sower and the Four Soils; and Paul’s instruction to the Corinthians in Chapter 2:14-23, where Paul contrasts the natural man’s wisdom to that of the Spirit’s wisdom in approaching our understanding of spiritual maturity.

Both of these passages provide practical concepts about what prevents people of faith from growing or developing into spiritually mature and responsible believers. It is the concept that we are involved in a process of growing up – not merely events of spiritual enlightenment. In the parable of the Sower and the Four Soils, Jesus gives us understanding that when a person receives the “seed” or Gospel, there are different responses and processes that occur within the person. Just receiving the word does not automatically result in fruitfulness (maturity). The soil or heart condition of the person must be tilled sufficiently before the seed (God’s Word) can produce it’s fruit.

Paul uses two analogies, first of a farmer, and the necessity of planting, watering or cultivating, and then a harvest. The second analogy is of a builder and the importance of the foundation, as well as what materials are used to build upon the foundation; because there is a judgment day coming, which will judge the materials that were used to build a life.

The opportunity I have as a case manager and mental health therapist, is to come along side the men who are in that moment most unlovable. All the external supports and resources that our metro area offers, does not automatically translate into success. For each of us have some barriers that hinder or prevent the working of God’s word to produce fruitfulness of 30, 60 or 100 fold. But when we let Jesus use our hands and hearts, we build and labor to build and rebuild a life, one moment at a time. Please pray for me and for the other Coordinators in Men’s Ministry, as we seek to be God’s workmen. And as Paul charged Timothy, that we may, “Be diligent to present ourselves as approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). John Lindsey New Life Recovery Program Coordinator

15 February 2010

Clothing Drive Results from OPPD/North Omaha Power Station

I am very happy to report that OPPD’s North Omaha Station’s clothing drive, for the benefit of Open Door Mission and Lydia House was a huge success. We collected over forty coats/jackets; this being, in addition to snow pants, hats, gloves and scarves — many in excellent condition and even some brand new items. Additionally, there were several bags of assorted clothing items also donated.

Overall, nearly 135 pounds of clothing made it to the receiving dock of Open Door Mission, including all the brand new, and much needed, items earmarked for distribution to the women and families with children in the new Lydia House. I was thrilled with the results of this project and am very proud of the support shown by all the North Omaha people who donated or just commented on what a genuine and worthy cause this was.

Open Door Mission has various drives and functions throughout the year and I would hope that, in the future, we could help them any way we can.

For additional information on Open Door Mission and all they do, or for information on volunteering individually, with your family, or any group, please visit www.opendoormission.org

Thank you very much,
OPPD/North Omaha Power Station

13 February 2010

Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I just want to talk about the Love of God. Although I know my mind cannot comprehend the depth of His love, I definitely experience and see it everyday at the Mission. God shows His love to us through the awesome volunteers that selflessly help serve meals to the hungry and homeless at Open Door Mission.

The new Lydia House also shows the love of God in a practical and tangible way: many people come broken, but leave restored. People gain back the ability to dream and hope. They also find out their lives do matter and that they can get back on their feet. God’s love for us is manifested everyday through the meals and safe beds that are provided at the Mission and through the lives that are changed daily. I’m grateful to see that everyday is Valentine’s Day at the Open Door Mission.

Corine Sawadogo
Volunteer & Partner Assistant

11 February 2010

Braving the Storms of Life

One of Max Lucado’s earliest books is called “In the Eye of the Storm : A Day in the Life of Jesus”. If this is not a book you have read, I would encourage you to pick it up and read it. Like most of his writing, it is fun to read and covers a very relevant spiritual and human discipline. Lucado examines the “second-most stressful day” in the life of Jesus, and helps us look at how Christ handled the emotional roller-coaster of grief, fear, joy, chaos, tears and fatigue of that day without once losing his cool.

If you’ve ever been to Open Door Mission’s Timberlake Outreach Center, especially when there is a throng of clients shopping, volunteers sorting donations, and staff providing service and direction, all at the same time, then you can appreciate the “storm” that is weathered here every day. For those who have not seen the Timberlake Outreach Center, no doubt you can easily recall a season, day, or hour in your life, where you found yourself unable to get by on your own strength.

Most, if not all, of the clients I meet with every day are in the middle of one of life’s storms. Perhaps the mother who had to leave her abusive husband and is now trying to piece together a place to live, provide care for her children, and feels like she has been tossed on a huge wave, unsure if she will survive. Or the man who is trying to convince the court that he should have custody of his children in lieu of their mother who is addicted to crack. What hope is there for me to offer him during this turbulent time of his life?

The key principle to understand is; Christ has been there! He knows how you feel and will help you if you trust in Him. God came down from heaven, put on flesh and lived among us so he could bridge the gap between our sin and His holiness. This is not just the greatest story ever told, this is history. It really happened! How awesome to be able to share this comfort with each of the clients that sit on the other side my desk. To tell them that no matter how lost, hurt, angry, confused or rejected they feel, there is a Savior who understands from experience and is willing to accept them to Himself.

So, as you read this, comfortably sitting in front of your laptop or monitor, please say a prayer for those whom I have the privilege of helping at the Timberlake Outreach Center. Visit http://www.opendoormission.org/ and commit to helping with donations, or with your time and talents.

Darren Timberlake
Timberlake Outreach Center Community Case Manager

10 February 2010

Life at the New Lydia House

What a blessing it is to be blogging while sitting in my office at the new Lydia House building!

Almost daily I am brought to tears of joy, when I see our women and families enjoying the lovely facilities. The simplest things move my heart to worship God and I hope your heart rejoices with me as I share.

One evening I checked on a family in their room. Mom opened the door and I heard squeals of delight coming from the bathroom as her toddler was enjoying a bubble bath. My eyes welled up and my throat felt tight at the thought that mom could give her child a bath in the privacy of their own room and bathroom.

Another evening, I entered the family dining room and discovered 3 families had pooled their foodstamps to purchase supplies to make dinner together. One mother was sitting at a table doing prep work with her children, another mother was assembling and cooking the food, while another family was setting the table and cleaning the dishes as they used them. The atmosphere was one of cooperation and wonderful fellowship.

The new building has many opportunities for our residents to regain a sense of independence and dignity while they learn new skills that will benefit them in their future after Open Door Mission.

If you haven’t planned on scheduling a tour, please join us for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. One of the staff will love showing you the new Lydia House “home”.

Many blessings to you,
Laurie Armes
Lydia House Recovery Services Coordinator

09 February 2010

Filling Hearts with Hope

Did you get up this morning and take a nice hot shower-with plenty of shaving cream, a razor, shower gel, shampoo and hair conditioner?

Did you have deodorant, a toothbrush and toothpaste and lotion?

Did you even think about not having these basic items?

For the homeless and near homeless in the Omaha area these are “luxury” items. When you are struggling to put food on the table to feed your children or pay the rent and utilities, some of the basics aren’t in the budget.

You can make difference by having a Hope Tote drive to provide basic personal care items. We need personal care items for all ages—adults, as well as, infants and children. So next time you step into the shower or wash your hands, or bathe your baby, think of those less fortunate. Please contact me for a suggested list of personal care items and Hope Tote bags.

Speaking of personal care items for infants and children, they have other needs too. Please consider coming to the Hearts of Hope Baby Shower on Sunday, February 14, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Open Door Mission Garland Thompson Men's Center . What better way to show your love for others than providing new baby items for the mothers at Lydia House. Every new baby deserves at least one new outfit or blanket. You can add to a new mother’s joy by helping provide for that precious baby. The mother will know others care and you will receive the joy of knowing you made a difference in someone’s life.

If you have any questions about Hope Totes or the Hearts of Hope Baby Shower please contact me at 422-1111 ext 1554.

Maggie Cope
Open Door Mission
Communications Coordinator
402-422-1111 ext 1554

08 February 2010

Psalm 100

1. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
3. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
5. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Nothing needs to be added to this passage of Scripture.

The facts are that God is good, all the time. He is more than worthy of our praise and our thanksgiving. And He loves us! Imagine that – the God who created the entire universe cares and loves us as his children.

As humans, we easily forget these things. I know I have been reminded of this fact so many times recently, not only in regards to my own life, but in regards to Open Door Mission, as well.

I pray that today would be one of those days where we slow down and remember how great our God is. And if you are curious as to all the great things God is doing here at Open Door Mission, I invite you to come for a tour and see God’s blessings for yourself.

Nicole Ricley
Timberlake Outreach Center Administrative Support Staff

06 February 2010

Thank you Volunteers

The work at the Timberlake Outreach Center is unending. There is always area’s to clean, clothes to hang, books to put on the shelves, house ware and kitchen items to put on the shelves, and furniture to move. Replenishing our stock and keeping our place clean is a big job and we could not do it without the help from people like you who volunteers.

Today, lots of volunteers were here from Brookside Church, Offutt Different Familes and Individuals. A large group volunteered at the Timberlake Outreach Center. We are so grateful for all the work that was accomplished today. If it wasn’t for the volunteers coming in and helping, we could not serve the number of people we do day after day. The volunteers partner with us to help prevent homelessness.

If you have been thinking about volunteering at the Open Door Mission please go to the website at www.opendoormission.org and sign up for your volunteer orientation and tour today.

May God bless you for partnering with us to better serve the homeless and near homeless at the Open Door Mission.

05 February 2010

Greetings from the Lydia House

Greetings from the Lydia House!! My name is Leann and I am the house supervisor for our families and woman and I am so excited to announce that we are officially moved into or new building PRAISE GOD!!! The other day I was truly blessed to watch has the families got there keys to there new rooms and has I paid close attention to one family has they moved in there room and the look on there faces was just plain contement in my heart. I just want to thank everyone who donated to make this happen..

04 February 2010

Finding Treasure in Dirt

In Matthew 13:44 the Lord Jesus tells a parable concerning a man who finds a treasure buried in a field. This is the only time this particular story is found in the gospels. I believe there are some wonderful insights in this brief narrative that have application to the work we are involved in here at the Open Door Mission.

In reading the parable, we are not told how he happens to find the treasure; we just know that he did not expect to find it because it was buried. We can assume that he told no one about his find, because he hid it after finding it and now has information that apparently no one else has. It seems certain from the parable that he had no intention of becoming a farmer or a land-holder, but that he knows that the only way he can rightfully claim ownership of the treasure is to purchase something he doesn’t want. He then goes about liquidating all his assets in order to legally purchase a piece of property that, apart from the treasure, is of absolutely no interest to him.

Upon hearing of his plan to sell all his assets, his friends and family no doubt questioned the wisdom of his decision. Maybe they tried to talk him out of it. All we know from the story is that he followed through on his plan with great joy and rejoicing! He was totally motivated to do something that, on the surface, made no sense at all! His behavior was a clear indication that this man knew exactly what he had found: a priceless treasure.

I believe that here at the Open Door Mission we spend a great deal of time and effort to “purchase” something we really don’t want. Every day I am confronted with things I find offensive, I hear language that is crude and profane and see men behave in ways that I find utterly deplorable. Some, thankfully not all, of our clients provide stark examples of the kind of man I do not want to be. Frankly, I am having a very hard time getting accustomed to the realities of this environment.

Maybe if I had been raised in a family where all this was ‘normal’ if it can even be called such, it wouldn’t affect me so much. However, I was blessed to come from a reasonably functional home where character mattered and where disgusting and inappropriate behaviors were not tolerated. The world of the homeless is totally foreign territory to me. I am not from the streets, and every day I thank God for that!

I find that those of us who work here are really just “buying the dirt”, as it were, because we know that this is the only way we can lay of hold of that which has eternal value! If we lose sight of the treasure of the value of the souls of the people with whom we work, the ‘dirt work’ quickly becomes overwhelming. The truth is that no sane person wants to live at a homeless shelter, and very few want to work at one. You really have to be a certain kind of person to be able to keep going at a place like this…

There are those who think that we are foolish to invest in the lives of these people. You have heard all the negative and derogatory terms used in reference to the homeless, as though they were one big homogeneous group. Those of us who work with this segment of the population know that this is one of many myths associated with homelessness.

As challenging as it can be at times, the work of investing in these dear people is absolutely worth the time and effort because of the treasure that that are in the eyes of their Maker, and we are privileged to get a glimpse. So while I am daily confronted with the ‘dirt’, I also daily see the treasure, and it is only more valuable to me because I understand the incredible effort, perseverance and grace required. Suffice it to say, working here is like no other job I have ever had, Now if you will excuse me, I have some dirt to move….

Dick Arant

03 February 2010

Last Saturday, I helped serve lunch with my Red Hat Club at Open Door Mission. It was so rewarding for them and me to learn more about the kitchen and what a wonderful job Claud and our kitchen & volunteer staff does to make everyone feel welcome.

Prayer: God of opportunities, open our eyes to those around us who need to experience your love. Make our behavior a witness of your love and grace. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

Betz Woodhull
HR/Accounting Assistant

02 February 2010

Power to His people (Acts 1:8)

Open Door Mission is a mission field. We all know this. This fact, however, can slip into the back of our minds as the day’s go on. God rocked this to the forefront with the volunteer group from Holcomb Church. On that day, I was reminded the Mission is a mission field, and I learned that this isn’t always a Jerusalem (right out side our door)—for some it is a Samaria (a distance away, but still local).

The day started with God very apparently supplying our needs. I was asked to clean out the freezer, again, and was looking to do some recruiting at the Timberlake Outreach Center. As I walked to the front of the store, I overheard a volunteer saying, “I am good at organizing. I can organize anything, and do it all day.” So right then, knowing the task ahead of me, I accepted the blessing from God and noted the lady’s face.

I greeted the Holcomb Church volunteers and drafted my picks for the day. They began getting gloves and cleaning the freezer. After a quick orientation, I snatched up my organizing lady and we were set. We had plenty of help and someone to maintain a system of organization.

As I talked with the Holcomb group, I discovered they left their homes at 6 a.m. and drove four hours to help us. Not only did they sacrifice their sleep, but they jumped into the tasks we had set for them: organizing 2 freezers—moving over a ton of food; sorting, organizing, and shelving goods at the Timberlake Outreach Center. They also unloaded a truck of refrigerators, and even in one case, got soaking wet up to mid-shin.

A Christ like attitude brings glory to God, and much encouragement to others. It is great to see our volunteers emulating Christ and challenges me to do it more. I hope they had a good drive back and that no one gave ‘soaking-shin-man’ a hard time for removing his shoes. Many times I hear, “God bless you.” Having times like this helps to strengthen the response “He has!”

Taylor Clinch
Volunteer & Partner Associate

Schedule your volunteer orientation and tour, TODAY!

01 February 2010

Running for Rebuilding Lives Campaign

I would like you to join me in the Rebuilding Lives Campaign at Open Door Mission. I am going to run a marathon on April 10th, the Saturday after Easter, in Olathe, Kansas. I want each of those 26 miles to count for a cause. That cause is the final phase of the Rebuilding Lives Campaign for the construction of a new Garland Thompson Men’s Center.

Phase One of the Rebuilding Lives Campaign has been completed with the opening of the new Lydia House providing safe shelter for women and families with children. Phase Two is about to begin with the construction of the new Permanent Supportive Housing which will serve those establishing long term stability in their lives. Phase I & II are fully funded. Praise God!

Phase Three of the Rebuilding Lives Campaign will start later this year with the building of a new Garland Thompson Men’s Center. This is where my running and your gifts come into play. I invite you to pledge $1 per mile, $10 per mile, $100 per mile or whatever you can for each of the 26 miles that I run in the marathon. Pledges will be due the week after I run. Just e-mail me at sshreve@opendoormission.org to let me know of your support of my run and, more importantly, for the new Garland Thompson Men’s Center at Open Door Mission.

My doctor knows that running has turned my health around. I know that your support of the Rebuilding Lives Campaign will be a vital link in turning around the lives of many men. Thanks for your support.

Scott Shreve
Senior Development Officer