30 April 2018

Prodigal Son

     I was speaking with a vendor who had not been to church in a little while. They were afraid to go back to church for what might happen to him. Jason reminded him that even when the prodigal returned, they threw a feast in his honor. The vendor was so encouraged by this, he called his rabbi who told him that they loved him and wanted him back! 

Jason Green
Director of IT and Logistics

27 April 2018

Life Giving Moments

     Open Door Mission is first and foremost a ministry. We desire to share the Gospel and spread God's love to everyone we meet. Shawn, an Open Door Mission employee, shares his love with people in such a simple yet brilliant way. People who walk through the Timberlake Outreach Center (TOC) have the opportunity to take a moment, breathe, and read the life giving scripture Shawn puts on the white board each and every day. If you ever find yourself on Open Door Mission's campus, please be sure to stop by the TOC and read the words that bring HOPE to our staff, guests, and donors! 

Open Door Mission Employee

26 April 2018

Finding New Life

     Hello, my name is Patrick Wajda and I was born and raised right here in Big Red Country. I grew up Catholic in a loving home and I had a great childhood. Drinking alcohol was a part of that childhood at family gatherings and the summer fun. Relatives would slip us kids a drink here and there and I found that I loved the taste of a cold beer.
     By the time I was a freshman, I was drinking on the weekends with friends or family. I could buy beer back then on my own as I looked older than I was. By the time I was a senior, I was drinking every night.
     When I moved away to college, I began to do drugs. I was hired on to a good job, I worked hard, but continued to go down a dangerous path. 
     I was married in 2001 and we were blessed with 2 daughters. I quit drugs but continued to drink. The alcohol was more important to me than my family which was the main cause for my divorce in 2010. I was lonelier than ever and made my situation worse by drowning my sorrows in beer and whiskey. It was at that point in my life that I realized I was an alcoholic.
     I couldn’t quit, and after a 5 day blackout in June 2017, I felt like Open Door Mission was where I needed to be. I was shaking so bad I couldn’t sign the intake papers. Thanks to Pat McKernan, He told me I needed the New Life Recovery Program. I did what staff told me, followed the rules and prayed a lot. I was baptized last year and know now that with my Lord Jesus Christ, i’m going to stay sober. My old life was hell. The Holy Spirit guided me here, and with everyone here at Open Door Mission, I’ve found a new life!
     My life now has done a 180. My family talks to me again and my friends support me also. The future holds great promise as long as I keep doing what the Mission has taught me. God has blessed me and I owe so much to all those here. I’ve joined the Urban Ministry Institute and have a great sponsor. For fun, I’m going to restore old cars.
     My favorite scripture is Phillippians 1:6 : “Being confident in this very thing,that which He has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ!”  Thank You and God Bless 

Pat Wajda
New Life Recovery Program Graduate

25 April 2018

A Wise Life

My name is Erin Shonka and this is my testimony.
     Growing up, I would daydream and think how great and exciting the world was going to be. It was the devils false vision, false dreams and false hope that eventually controlled me.  I started to lose the morals that my Mother had taught me while growing up. That behavior led me to be very selfish, alone and empty. I had no purpose.  That’s when I knew it was time to take a look at myself.  
     I was scared of commitment and change. But, looking into my daughter’s eyes outweighed that fear, this motivated me to want to do good. I wanted to change my life, be a great example for my girls and to show them the love that they deserve.  I have been through several programs, but I had to dig deeper and that is when I found Christ. I started getting into my bible and read the book of Proverbs. I felt like there was so much sense, wisdom and guidelines to life that was so much more appetizing to me than anything else in my life. That’s when I started to feed my spirit (God given).
     Today I am a single mom who has completed the New Life Recovery Program from start to finish and completed my GED.  My girls are on the honor roll and it’s all because my heart is set to be obedient and do right, which in return, guides them to want to do their best.  The promises of eternal life is a gift far greater than any person can give on this earth in the flesh.  Now that I have my discernment in action, I will do my best every day for the Lord, myself, and my family. 
     Open Door Mission has saved my life and my family's happiness. The Mission has taught me how to be a woman in Christ and they have provided the resources to gain my education.  For that, I will be forever grateful.  My goal is to further my education in the medical field and to start a career.  I want to enjoy watching my kids grow up into successful young women and to thank God for it all.
     Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting: but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Erin Shonka 
New Life Recovery Program Graduate                                                       

24 April 2018

Answered Prayer

     I have been so worried about getting stock out to our guests.
     I went to bed worrying about it. So, I sat on the side of my bed and said another prayer to God. I asked God to send us good volunteers to get donations out to our guests who are in need.
     God answered! We had a group from Omni this morning along with another group of ladies. From 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. we had a great group from Offutt Air Force Base come and a mom and her son also helped. Man, they rocked it!! More than six huge boxes and many racks of clothes were stocked and shelved on the floor. They all did terrific! 
     God pulled through once again for everyone involved.

Linda Pirruccello 
Council Bluffs Homeless Prevention Coordinator

23 April 2018

A Good Reminder

     Every so often I get to see something very inspiring at the mission. This morning I got to see a bunch of men in the New Life Recovery Program sitting around the table reading God‘s word. I took a picture and had to share with you all. Let this be a good reminder that the work is good and is rewarding.

Andrew Brondum
GTMC Support Worker

20 April 2018

Making a Difference

     After years of battling my addictions and depression I found myself wondering how I ever got this bad and hopeless. This left me desperately thinking I needed a change, but how? When? Where? Then it hit m
e: I remembered this verse, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope" Jeremiah 29:11. Which happens to be my favorite scripture verse. Suddenly I was weeping uncontrollably. Tears streaming down my face I felt shame, guilt, and broken wondering how I was going to break this vicious cycle. I remember sitting in the cafeteria, looking up at the wall above the food carts. I must have read the passage painted on that wall a hundred times. Every day I would read that and wonder “What plan, what future!?”  
      Humbled by my life and addictions, I felt called to join the New Life Recovery Program. I interviewed with Pat McKernan and was reminded at that moment that God does have plan and future for me. I thank God every day for the clarity that morning!
      Also, as a Marked Man for Christ, I firmly believe Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another.”  What I get from that will carry me on to bigger and better places.  
     So when you ask me what I learned from this program, all I can say in response to that question is if God is for us, who can be against us!?  
     I have contemplated over what I will do after graduation. I entertained the notion to go back into theater lighting and travel again. But after being here a little bit and wanting more for my sobriety and spirituality, that notion was replaced with 'maybe I’m not ready for that yet.'
     So, what do I plan to do after I graduate this program? After working in the learning center helping tutoring my fellow brothers, working in the kitchen, and being a resident aide on the emergency side of the Mission, my ambitions and views have changed. I want to surround myself around individuals like me that also want to desperately better themselves, just as as I do. This is a great deal of hard work for any one besieged with these addictions’ that we all share, and deal with on a daily basis. I ponder the idea of trying to get on board with the Mission and make a difference, and finally the Mission's T.U.M.I. program which I am currently applying for as we speak.

Gary Hughes
New Life Recovery Program Graduate

19 April 2018

The Struggle Is Real

     We often hear the phrase in popular culture, "the struggle is real."  We look at Jesus and see he suffered as well as healed people!  Sometimes in full time ministry, I just want the good parts. I want to say, "God, give me the good parts without the hard parts."  But I see through the struggle, my faith is strengthened and I know God deeper!  
     My church is preaching on the book of Colossians. I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally.  My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.--Colossians 2:1-3
     Looking at verse 1, we see the struggle is real in Gospel-Centered Ministry.  Paul wants them to know they are loved.  Paul has labored in prayer for them.  Paul says I want you to know "how hard I am contending for you..."  Paul was not just giving small prayers, He was praying boldly for them.  And even praying for those that he has not met personally too.  Through reading this, I'm reminded struggle is a sign of success.  If someone close to me, a guest at ODM knows Jesus, it shows I am right where God wants me.  I have a heart for them to know Jesus. 
     His prayer was that they would be encouraged and united in love, so they may truly know Christ deeper! 
     We were challenged to ask ourselves "has our heart been enlarged by the Gospel?"  Not just once, but everyday is our heart growing to know Jesus more?  God's relationship with us is not that we would just go through the motions of life, but that we would come to love Jesus more every single day.  That is where growth happens in our own lives to share with others!
     My prayer here at ODM is that our heart would be enlarged by the Gospel everyday.  The Good News of the Gospel is that Jesus came to give us new life.  God sacrificed His Son so we would have eternal life!  I pray we would not be people who just go through the motions.  But instead, I pray that if we would be people who wrestle with our brothers and sisters to know Christ that we would be passionate about the truth of Jesus!  That we would be bold in our faith and that we would be encouraged in heart and united in love, so we can enlarge God's kingdom!!!

Trudy Woodward
Lydia House Director 

18 April 2018

Prasie the LORD, My Soul

     Before the New Life Recovery Program, I had been through a few treatment centers. I learned that if my mindset on my addiction did not change, my addictions would always have a hold on my life. Through this program, I learned ways to battle my addictions. 
     The problem was I believed only I could win that war without help. I lost that war single-handed and God won. Since starting the New Life Recovery Program, my life has blossomed into a joy and fullness that I haven’t experienced since a young age. I surrendered myself to my almighty God. Now I have the unconditional love of Jesus Christ to mold my life into the son, brother, father that he has planned for me to be. I have no fear of what life gives me because God will provide a path for me.
 When given the opportunity to share his blessings I do so happily. I do so with such love knowing God's will is working through me. 
     After graduation I plan to  continue my fellowship at Empty Tomb church. I also plan on living here at the Mission among my brothers in a loving and safe environment. I also will be giving back to Open Door Mission by volunteering and caring for others just as they have done for me. With solid recovery support and accountability, I plan to achieve goals that were not first achievable and to flourish in my quest with God, my Lord and savior.
  My favorite bible verse is Palms 103:1-5. 

Praise the LORD, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Eraquio Martinez
New Life Recovery Program Graduate

17 April 2018

Thank You Omaha Cosmo Club!

     Faithful! That’s the one word that sums up the West Omaha Cosmo Club! 

     For more than 23 years, they have been supporting the Open Door Mission with their Undie Drive and Clothing Drive.

     Last night, they shared their club photo album with me. It was an emotional experience. Three people have gone on to be with the Lord - Pastor Bob, Karen and Dan Applegate that were in the beginning of this partnership.

Candace Gregory

16 April 2018

My will to HIS

        I was born the third of eight children. Being the middle child of such a large family, it was easy for me to get lost in the shuffle. I would be left alone to my own devices and I eventually learned that anything I did was not really noticed. Growing up in the shadows, I did everything and anything I wanted without suffering the consequences. I knew how to fly “under the radar”. When my parents finally took notice of the life I was living, it was too late for them to do anything. At 17 I moved out, was an avid drinker and occasional pot smoker. I eventually dropped out of school to travel instead. The years I spent living doing what I wanted to do turned into a decade plus. The end of that lifestyle was interrupted by a gradual increase in my contact with the law enforcement, resulting in 3 felonies. 
     I never really thought about my relationship with God or my walk with Christ.  Coming to the Lydia House has made me aware of my need for God in my life. This also made me acknowledge my need for goals. I have gained a very close relationship with God and have come to understand better who I am in Christ and who I need to be In Christ. In the past I lived solely by the desires of my own heart and by the will of my flesh, which led me down a path of loneliness, destruction, isolation and despair. I now live more by The Word of God and by His Will alone, which has led me down a path of true freedom, inner peace and security. 
     Having obtained my G.E.D, my future plans include enrolling  into college and working to obtain independence and to live the life God intended me to live. The Scripture that has most resonated with me is Romans 8:13-14 “For if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” 

Eunice Dzodzomenyo
New Life Recovery Program Graduate  

13 April 2018

You Come Too!

     Judy Irwin’s first journey to Open Door Mission was over 20 years ago. She came with her daughter to volunteer, but Pastor Bob Timberlake had to cancel their volunteer appointment due to illness. Judy made it a point to return with donations of food and clothing, but wanted to do more.
     A few years later Wanda Meador, a friend from Bible Study Fellowship, asked Judy to join her as a volunteer at Open Door Mission. Judy, by then a retired special needs paraprofessional, was ready to help people in need. So in 2000, Judy became part of the Open Door Mission Women’s Auxiliary, a volunteer organization dedicated to tackling tasks and events that would otherwise cost Mission staff precious time and resources.  
     The Women’s Auxiliary members started encouraging their husbands to join them at their gatherings. As a result, the group’s name eventually changed to “Friends of the Mission.” By the fall of 2004, after his retirement as a sixth-grade teacher, Glenn joined Judy at Friends of the Mission and as a regular volunteer at Open Door Mission. “Men were still rare at Friends of the Mission when I began,” Glenn remembered with a chuckle. “But before long the men discovered how many ways they could help.” 
     Glenn’s years of organizing classrooms translated into a special knack for restocking household goods and clothing for display at the Timberlake Outreach Center, and in tending the Mission’s garden. Judy has enjoyed helping in the Mission kitchen and with events including the ever-popular Birthday Parties held each month for children at Lydia House, and Spa Days for female residents on the Mission campus. 
     The Irwins were thrilled as the Mission campus was transformed with new and refurbished buildings in the years surrounding 2010. But they’re even more excited about the lives they see transformed through Open Door Mission. “It’s always gratifying to hear the residents’ testimonies,” Judy said. Glenn added, “It’s rewarding to see the results after they’ve been fed spiritually, emotionally, and physically.”
     Along the way, Judy and Glenn encouraged their friends Lenora and Ed Munger to join them as Friends of the Mission. Ed was a volunteer “fix-it man” for the Mission for some years until his passing, and Lenora is still an active member of Friends of the Mission. (And Wanda Meador, the Bible Study Fellowship friend who brought Judy back to the Mission campus in 2000? Today she’s President of Friends of the Mission.)
     Just as Wanda invited Judy to join her, and the Irwins invited the Mungers to join them, the volunteers of Open Door Mission welcome you to join us: “You come too!”

Steve Wamberg
Development Director

12 April 2018

Salvation Times Three!

     It's amazing to see God answer prayer. I have begun to ask God in prayer to give me opportunities to share the Gospel and he has answered it every single day I have prayed it. In 3 separate occasions men have come to faith in Christ within one week!
     Please pray for James, Dorsey, and Donnie, as all 3 understood the Gospel and wanted to change their life by putting their faith in Jesus and doing life God's way, not their's anymore. Praise God! 
     I encourage you to ask God for opportunities to share the Gospel, and then look expectantly for the answer to your prayer as he is going to give you the opportunity! All you have to do is ask.
     Thank you for the teamwork here at the ODM that gives me the opportunity to share the Gospel daily. 

Jacob Carr
Recovery Case Manager

11 April 2018

Give a Car, Change a Life

     I feel like I am a good candidate for the Wheels of hope program to show the Family Courts my independence. My main obstacle to gaining full custody of my son is transportation. To have access to a vehicle would help to overcome this and move forward with unsupervised visits. 
     A vehicle would also help to transport myself to and from my sons medical appointments. I know to be rewarded with this form of independence will also help to maintain my sobriety to be able to go to outside meetings and stay connected with my church, to find housing, and to stay active with my home church. 

Karlie Cappellano
New Life Recovery Program Graduate

10 April 2018

Praying on Campus

     I was on my way to lunch when a lady staying at Lydia House stopped me and asked if I could pray for her.  She explained that she's going through a divorce while also going through a custody battle. She is having to make a lot of decisions she hasn't made before.  I prayed for her to have wisdom and peace as she needs to downsize her possessions. 

Gregory Crocker

09 April 2018

Forever and Always

     My life before the Lydia House was unstable and chaotic. My mindset was not where it should have been and my priorities were all wrong. 
     When I arrived at the Lydia House after having my son, I was very upset. I was not okay with my situation, but as time went on, I was coming around to the idea of being here at the Lydia House. The amazing staff here changed my perspective by being kind and wonderful. 
     I have learned so much from being in the New Life Recovery Program. I learned how to deal with events in my life, how to change, how to be a better person, and how to deal with addiction. Though my favorite part is becoming closer to God. My walk with God is so great and it is only the beginning. 
     After this program I want to go back to work so I am able to financially provide for my kids, be more stable, and be the mom I need to be. I will also continue to be active in church and volunteering, always striving to do better and get closer to God. 
     One of my favorite verses in the bible is Joshua 1:5 "No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave or forsake you." I heard this when I went to my church again for the first time in months and it was at a time I needed to hear it most. This is my verse for life so I always know that God is there for me forever and always. 

Kristina Lindner
New Life Recovery Program Graduate

06 April 2018

Salvation through Relationship

     A man that came in today to do an intake asked to call his mother. I let him make the call. I overheard him in his conversation be demanding and rude to his mother. After the call I challenged him regarding how he spoke to his mother. I let him know that my mother has passed away and how I would love to have an hour with her to let her know how much I love her and miss her. 
     This man responded in a very positive way. He asked to call her back and apologize to her. This he did. We went on to talk about our relationship with God. I shared the gospel and he prayed and asked Christ into his life.  Keep Jonathan in your prayers.

Case Manager
Garland Thompson Men's Center 

05 April 2018

Persevering to the End

     I was born September 9, 1988 In Tulsa, Oklahoma. What lead me to the Open Door Mission was a combination of bad choices and bad decision making. I lost one of my kids to C.P.S, which led me down a rough road for the past two years of my life. I felt like I just didn’t care about anything. All I wanted was to drink, do drugs, and smoke cigarettes.
     My life began to turn around after being out of work for five months. I realized I had to start doing more on my son's behalf to make sure that he would not be lost in the system! So I made the decision to put my selfish and stubborn thinking aside; and to put forth more effort into making sure I would not lose him. 
     My end to a new beginning came when I walked through the doors of the Open Door Mission. At first, I was in the 'I don’t want to be here' stage. My motivational drive was that I had to do it for my kid. So, I stuck it out! It was a tough battle between myself and the guidelines I had to follow to get here. After being held back a couple of times, I was getting frustrated with the decisions I was making. But, I stuck it out.
     Since then, I have obtain my G.E.D, gotten baptized on a lake on top of a mountain, and gotten closer to GOD. I am also just a few steps away from being reunited with my son. I would like to thank everyone from the Open Door Mission staff, the programmers, and everyone associated with the Open Door Mission. Thank you to my family, close friends, and all of the positive support that has been a true asset in my recovery. 
     My future plans are to continue down the path that GOD wants me to follow, and also be a positive role model for my three children and take care of them to the best of my ability. My favorite bible verse is Colossians 3:23,  Whatever you do, work heartily as For The Lord and not for men.

Damien Walker
New Life Recovery Program Graduate

04 April 2018


     I've been a volunteer coordinator now for about seven months. As a coordinator in the kitchen, it is my job to serve as a liaison between the chefs that make the food and the volunteers that prep and serve it. I greet each person that comes through the door each day I work with a smile and a welcome (or welcome back).  

In my time at Open Door Mission, I've met literally hundreds of people. I've met guests that are just here for a meal and volunteers who have been faithful to the Mission for longer than I've been alive. Each person is a unique individual and has a story to tell. 

     While I truly enjoy getting to know the guests, the New Life Recovery Program (NLRP) men and women, and the volunteers I meet each day, that's not my favorite part of my position. The best part of my job is watching volunteers form bonds with the guests that utilize the services we offer at the Mission. 

     It is so easy in our every day lives to dehumanize the social pandemic of homelessness. I think too often, we have a tendency to talk about the homeless like they are one giant blob that moves as one instead of the reality that there are hundreds of thousands of individuals. Individuals that all have complex problems. Individuals that are each a child of God. 

     Volunteers in the kitchen have the opportunity to really get to know the guests we serve. To see them as not just the homeless of the Omaha metro, but as individual human beings.

      When consistent volunteers are on the serving line, they get to see familiar faces; and even though it might just be a smile and a "Have a blessed day," being remembered can make a person feel seen. It can radically change their day. 

     While doing prep work for meals, I've seen volunteers have deep and meaningful conversations with New Life Recovery Programmers. This informal mentor-ship shows how to love someone like Jesus in a real and practical way. They show healthy relationships take time and intention.  

     Even if volunteers are just refilling water glasses, the conversations that are sparked leave our guests and volunteers here changed. Often volunteers will remark, with tears in their eyes, that by volunteering they were given so much more than they ever could have given. 

     I truly believe that the commodity being traded here isn't just time and gifts, but rather, is connection. The act of seeing and being seen that is a reflection of how a close relationship with the Lord can and should look like. Connection is the thing we all seek: in our lives, through our jobs, in our families and friends. Connection is what is waiting for us if we just show up and ask the Lord to be there. 

     If you're seeking something today, as a person in need or a person with something to give, I encourage you to pray about what role the Open Door Mission might play in your seeking. Who knows? Maybe here at the Mission, you can find the connection you've been looking for. 

Molly Cox
Volunteer Coordinator

03 April 2018

The Word in Our Everyday Lives

     This morning I shared from 1 Peter 4:1-11.  I love how the men are energized and receptive to God's word and how we can apply the word to our every day lives.  

     I reminded them that every word we say, every thought we think and every action we do should reflect the work of our loving God and how every day is a blessing from God to be in His presence.

     As my mom told me a while back, In Christ, Everyone is Someone!  May God's love, grace and joy pour into your life today as you share a smile with another person.

Blessings to all. 

1 Peter 4:1-11

     Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.

     The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Rick Ziegler
Leasing Specialist

02 April 2018

God's Grace

     Before I got to the Lydia House, I was lost and my life was a total mess. When I was locked away in prison, I found God. He was my comfort and friend for two years. When I was released, I was scared for what was ahead of me. I would go back and forth in my mind between my old life and putting my faith in God. I was sent to Open Door Mission and had to believe there was a reason God sent me here. 
     To my surprise, Open Door Mission is a faith based recovery program which I previously had no knowledge of. I learned a new way to live my life as I began to start classes and learn the word of God. It taught me to have an answer and solution with the anger, hurt, addiction, and unmanageable problems in my life. Most of all, this program taught me how to do all of these things through Christ. 
     One of my favorite scriptures that I referred back to regularly throughout my journey here comes from 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore, I will boast more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, I am strong. 
     I am taking what I learned from the program and will apply these lessons to my life even after I leave the Lydia House. I plan to start work as soon as possible and go back to school. My choices in life are no longer to run from obstacles and make poor choices that lead me down the wrong path in life, but to trust in God for wisdom and strength to overcome any barriers. I am very thankful to of had this opportunity to change my life and complete this program. 

New Life Recovery Program Graduate