28 November 2014

Working at Open Door Mission is...

I work at the Open Door Mission because I am a Christian and the Lord is King here. I enjoy the interaction with the staff and the interaction with the men who are allowing God to change their lives. I have my office in the Permanent Supportive Housing building which allows me to interact with the guests and their kids. Every morning the kids come into my office for a piece of candy and they all give me a big hug and tell me to have a Blessed Day. I am a witness with the success stories through the men that worked for me over the summer months especially those who worked in the garden and those who did the lawn care. I enjoyed working with one individual especially and his name is Gary. Gary and I have become friends and we talked daily. I have come to know Gary and his family and I respect him very much. Gary has turned his life completely around with the help of the mission. Gary tells me daily how lucky he is to have come as far as he has and he owes it all to God because without God he would not be here. 

Property Manager

26 November 2014

What's On Your Table?

Chef Brian's Cook Book

Turkey- Have your turkey thawed a couple days before you plan to cook.  Make a Brine.  1 gallon water, 8 oz. of brown sugar, 8 oz. kosher salt,  2 oz. pepper,  8 oz of fresh garlic rough chopped, 10 bay leaves, 4 oz. of fennel seeds.  Mix well add turkey and let it soak for at least 24-36 hours.  Then bake @ 300 degrees ( until internal temp of 165).  A lower temp will take longer for turkey to cook but it will be that much more juicer.  

Turkey- Again have turkey thawed. Make a wet rub.  1# butter (unsweetened) softened. 4 oz. parsley 4 oz. sage. 4 oz. rosemary ( all fresh herbs works best).  4 oz. garlic ( puree garlic) 2 oz. salt  1 oz. pepper.  a couple pinches of crushed red pepper. 8 oz. oil.   clean and chop the herbs.  Mix all ingredients and rub all the ingredients inside and out of turkey.  Try to get mixture underneath the skin if possible. Cook at 325 degrees until internal temp of 165 degrees.

Mashed potatoes- This is one of those items you can be as daring as you want!  You can add some blue cheese and bacon right at the end, roast garlic off in oven with oil covering garlic completely until garlic is a brown color puree and then add to potatoes with milk/cream, salt/pepper, unsalted butter.

Stuffing- saute up some onion celery garlic and add some turkey (small pieces).  Add that to your stuffing!  Most turkeys come with the gizzards and heart and all that yummy package! cut those up into small small pieces and add that to the onion celery garlic instead of using turkey.  

Veggies- Get fresh veggies and julienne them all up toss with garlic, oil, salt/pepper and bake in the oven on 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes until they are cooked to your liking.  I prefer a little crunch in my veggies.  Peppers, onion, fresh green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms.  Try different veggies! Asparagus ?!

Cauliflower mashed potatoes.  Cut up a couple heads of cauliflower and cook in 1 gallon of water with 1 cup vinegar. Cook until soft then heat up some cream/milk and puree cauliflower with milk/cream and salt/pepper.  This is a great option for a low cal option.

Enjoy your meal!
God bless and Happy Thanksgiving

24 November 2014

Glory to God

Open Door Mission Friends!

It was a joy for our Gallup Team to make 1000 sack lunches for the homeless and poor being served at Open Door Mission.  :o)

All of the food and supplies were donated from Rotella, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Bag & Save, Sysco, McDonalds, Target, Hy-Vee and $100 donation from my church (East Side Christian Church).

I am praying that many people were blessed.

My husband and I have been serving the Open Door Mission through music – worship music during dinner and chapel service twice a month, and it was a JOY to be a part of helping make food for the homeless to help meet their physical needs, with my friends at Gallup.

Glory to God!
With joy,
Faithful Open Door Mission Volunteer

21 November 2014

Join Us, Won't You?

It goes without saying that as the holiday season arrives, we are continually reminded of our many blessings.  Whether it be a dinner catching up with friends, or running around town checking names off our holiday gift list, we are constantly reminded of the good fortune in our lives.

Unfortunately, this time of year is particularly difficult for the homeless. This is our busiest time of year at the Open Door Mission, as we provide refuge for men, women, and children who are hungry for help and hope. It is particularly heartbreaking to witness this urgent need in a time that for so many brings abundance and joy.

This is why I am excited to tell you about TAGG (Together A Greater Good), a local company who launched a smartphone app that lets us help the homeless any time – even in the middle of our holiday hustle and bustle! TAGG has partnered with over 75 local charitably-minded business who have agreed to donate 5% of your purchase to the Open Door Mission when you use the app there. This means you can support the Open Door Mission as a part of your everyday activities – with no additional cost to you.

How it works: 
1)   Download the free mobile app (Search for Together A Greater Good on the Google Play or Apple Store)
2)   Visit participating businesses (listed on the app).  Tap the TAGG My Purchase button on the app and enter the amount.  Tell the server/cashier, pay as ususal, and they will provide a card to scan to complete the TAGG.
3)   Choose the Open Door Mission.  The business will then donate 5% back to us!

As an extra bonus, Husker Siding, Windows & Roofing has offered to match all donations made through TAGGED purchases between now and the end of the year, only for the Open Door Mission! 

I can’t think of a better way to give thanks for my holiday blessings than to share them real-time with those less fortunate. Please join me in making TAGG an everyday part of your routine, this holiday season and beyond.


CEO and President of Open Door Mission

20 November 2014

How Many Lives Can YOU Change in 25 Minutes?

These wonderful volunteers peeled 80 lbs of potatoes in 25 minutes. Who ever said peeling potatoes is no fun? They haven't come to Open Door Mission and we enjoyed the company of these great people!!! Many hands make the work load light!
”My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” – John 15:12


Hospitality Director