Month: February 2018

Hearts of Hope

  Each February, in honor of Valentine’s Day, Open Door Mission highlights Hearts of Hope. Hope comes in many forms here at the Mission: a donation for the Hearts of Hope Baby Shower, a drive being held to collect items for Hope Totes, volunteering your time, or a monetary donation to those in need. YOU can

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Promotions Night!

I had a student come to me after our most recent monthly Promotions Ceremony and tell me that it’s his favorite part. He went on to explain that when you’re in the program it’s difficult to see your achievements on a day to day basis. But each month at Promotions, it’s a great way to

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Providing a Safe Place

     I appreciate what you at Open Door Mission do to help people in need. Because of you, many people are able to have the assistance they need and deserve. People who at a time couldn’t work are able to be put back on their feet. Thank you for providing a safe place. I

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“By Being so Broken I Was Given a Gift”

I feel very blessed to be standing up here today. The two things I am most grateful for are a renewed sense of purpose and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I would like to thank the entire staff here at Open Door Mission for all their help and wisdom. John Lindsey in particular helped

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Five Years of Sobriety

I have completed the New Life Recovery Program, and have since been spending time with my daughter and my grandson, and working towards getting my Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). My desire is to be an independent, productive, and exceptional member of society. I am just a couple of months away from celebrating five years of

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32 Years of Serving

I started ministering as a volunteer at Open Door Mission in August 1986, meaning this year will mark 32 years of serving! I was 46 when God opened the door for me to minister through music and the sharing of His Word. Now I’m 77 and God is still giving me the strength to minister

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Saturday Morning Clinic

I was blown away by a recent amazing Saturday Morning Clinic we held. A group of several medical professionals came to volunteer at our Free Health & Healing Clinic, and it was such a successful day that we had to put people in overflow makeshift exam rooms! Besides our two exam rooms, my office was

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More Than Cardboard to Keep Warm

David has been homeless on and off for four years. He mostly stayed in the woods, using cardboard as a base, piling leaves and brush on top to keep dry and warm. But this was only sustainable for so long, as he had an alcohol and prescription pill dependency which landed him in trouble and

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A Change in the Atmosphere

About a month ago, I was a little discouraged with my prayer life. But I continued to trust the Lord each day as I came to work. There was a guest here that was making great strides in seeking sobriety and loving his relationship with Christ. One day I was greeted by him, but not

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A Shoe Without a Sole

A few weeks ago, a man came to the outreach center in Council Bluffs, limping, asking for a new pair of shoes. It was not until he started putting on the new pair of boots that we saw what he had been wearing before: one shoe was completely missing a sole. After receiving some food,

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