Stories of Hope

As a child, Christin was abused. She was always focused on performing for others, but often felt empty at the end of the day.

After graduating from high school, Christin’s life spiraled out of control. She was introduced to marijuana and meth by her friends and became addicted. Christin was working and doing very well and even obtained frequent...

Mike's parents were divorced when he was 8 years old. His father was never around as he was a workaholic and an alcoholic. It was during this time that Mike began to rebel and do things his own way.

Along with the rebellion, Mike also turned to alcohol and drug use, which continued for almost seven years. Mike had a relationship with a woman in the...

Laura is thankful for the opportunity to turn her life around at Open Door Mission.

Laura started doing drugs at the same time she learned how to spell. At age seven, a family member introduced her to marijuana and drugs became a part of her life. Laura's life began spiraling out of control when she...

In 2012, three men from diverse backgrounds came to Open Door Mission for different reasons.

Gary grew up in a home that acknowledged God existed, but He was not a guiding force. His choice, to make easy money through deception, set him on his path to Open Door Mission. While in prison, Gary heard about Jesus but being a Christian was not the...

Reginald grew up in Chicago with his seven brothers and sisters. His mother, Vilora, was a woman of strong faith that put her children into a Christian school to give them a firm grounding in the Bible. Even though Reginald grew up in low-income housing, he had lots of opportunities to try different sports and activities. When circumstances forced his...