Stories of Hope

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...

Life is full of difficult choices. Holly was molested for the first time at the age of 7. At age 14, Holly made the tough choice of going to a group home after her adoptive father tried to molest her.

Violence, rejection and repeated sexual abuse eventually led Holly to choose alcohol to, in her words, “just to numb the pain.” “...

Second chances do not come along very often. A third or fourth is even more rare, but with Christ, there is always hope. Nicole came to Lydia House in 2012 with her children, just before Christmas. She had just been released from rehab for drug abuse. By the time the new year rolled around, she had relapsed again. Her children were taken away from her...