Since we last visited with Sandra after graduating from the New Life Recovery Program in 2004, she has progressed significantly.Sandra had a rough life. Neglected as a child, she had to work at age 12 to earn money for food. She dropped out of school in ninth grade, fought with alcohol & drug abuse and suffered failed relationships, prison and homelessness. That all changed—when she joined the New Life Recovery Program at Open Door Mission.Since graduation, Sandra now has a good job, a home of her own and a life she never dreamed possible. Still today, she reviews her old class notes because she can always use a reminder that “I can still do this.” She had never felt good about herself before, but today she proudly says “I can do it and I am somebody!”While Sandra admits she has regrets about how her children were raised, she is making up for it now in a big way. She has been given the responsibility of raising her grand-niece and in December, was able to host all of her children and grandchildren in her own home for Christmas. “It took a while,” she says, “for her children to trust that she had really changed.” But now her kids say, “You did it!” She has cookouts in her yard and is looking forward to sleepovers with her 10 grandchildren.Sandra says, “The Mission is still helping my family today. I can still come to the Timberlake Outreach Center for food, clothing and household items when I’m in need.” The impact your donations had on one life are still impacting dozens more today.
24 February 2012
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17 February 2012
Galatians 5:22-23But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law
15 February 2012
"I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live."
14 February 2012
85 days ago everything changed for me. 85 days ago I accepted my current position at Open Door Mission's Lydia House. Little did I know that I would be a part of and able to witness incredible life transformation literally daily while doing my “job”. Little did I know that on any given day at “work” I now expect to weep or shout with joy at the work of our Lord in the lives of those living at Open Door Mission. God is moving! And God is changing lives through his redeeming work here at the Open Door Mission. Easily evident by how recently I was asked by a resident if I would hold hands and pray with her before she went to bed that night…Yes please!
Family Support Worker
Lydia House, Open Door Mission
13 February 2012
Open Door Mission
09 February 2012
I Corinthians 13 teaches you can have the greatest talent, greatest gifts, unmatched wisdom, and incredible knowledge in the entire universe but if there is no love; it means absolutely nothing (less than zero). “But the greatest of these is love.” I am excited to be apart of the most fruitful team in all of Omaha. A place where hungry and homeless men, women, and children's lives are being changed on a daily basis. I want to keep coming to the one place Jesus loves to dwell. The Open Door Mission.
Garland Thompson Men's Center
07 February 2012
Kids at Hickory Hill Elementary are not afraid to drop (off) their underwear at school…uh…that is new underwear for those in need. Led by the Student Council they collected new underwear and socks for those staying at Open Door Mission. Lydia House, at Open Door Mission, was especially appreciative as most of the underwear collected was for children living with their family at Lydia House. Lydia House has 46 families seeking safe shelter and hope for a new life.
The Student Council took to heart and action when asked “how would you like to wear someone else’s underwear?” at their meeting in December. They began collecting to make a difference in the lives of children in a very basic and simple way-new underwear. Would you like your school, organization, group or work place to make a difference in the lives of others? Please call me to have a speaker come and share about basic needs at Open Door Mission or to set up a drive to collect needed items. You might just be surprised to find out how a new pair of socks or underwear can give hope to someone.
06 February 2012
03 February 2012
With the help of the 29/11 program I was able to stay focused and encouraged. As of this summer I was able to purchase my own home thru a program provided by Family Advisory Services on 24th and Lake Street. I could not have done this if it was not for GOD who has provided agencies like the Open Door Mission with people who love and care for others. In the 29/11 Program I am able to find strength, courage and support from other believers. They have shown me compassion and not judgment, and help with dignity. I will always be grateful to GOD for the Open Door Mission. I have also learned to give to others when I can.
For more information 29/11 SuccessNet
02 February 2012
I am often asked, “Isn’t it so difficult working with the homeless?” And there are days, but the opportunity to share in a life a person who is hopeless, and share their pain in order to earn the right to share the grace and truth that can transform that person into a man with a future and a hope. Recently, I received a phone call from a man, Sahara. I had worked with in 2006. He spent several months in the program, but was never willing to fully surrender to Christ. But thankfully the way God works in a person’s life, is not dependent upon our ability, but our availability! He asked me if I was surprised to hear from him, and said “I was.” He then told me, “I called to let you know that I am graduating from the University of Minnesota, and I just wanted to send you an invitation.” He thanked me for the time I invested in his life, that he never forgot that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life!
Garland Thompson Men's Center
01 February 2012
“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Lydia House Case Manager