Month: May 2018

Family Is Worth Fighting For

Lisa talks with passion about the ministry God has given her at Open Door Mission. “What I love about the New Life Recovery Program is that there’s not an unrealistic pressure to get through it. People have time to see the miracle God is doing in their hearts unfold.” When Lisa encounters families on the

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Reaping the Harvest of Sobriety

After nine months, I have graduated the New Life Recovery Program. I cam here of my own free will because I wanted to change my life and turn bad decisions into good ones. Because of Open Door Mission’s program, along with Journey to Work and Work Net, I have been able to do that. They

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Children Are the Future

Education is one of the most important tools to empowerment. The Mission will go out on speaking engagements to schools, churches, and businesses in order to educate our community on homelessness. I was given a stack of paragraphs written by young adults from grades 6-12 and was asked to read them. Children are capable of

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The Generation of Caring

I retired from full time at Open Door Mission on January 1, 2018, but Candace made me an offer I couldn’t refuse, so I came back January 3rd part time. The offer I couldn’t refuse? I would continue teaching a class for the ladies at Lydia House and I could go teach Open Door Mission

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God’s Reminders

First, I wanted to send this picture that I took of the ladies helping each other study verses! They were working so hard and had the best time building each other up and studying together. Second, I want to say that I LOVE the interviewing inmates part of my job. Today, I met with a

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Reunited for a Purpose

Yesterday, one of our wonderful volunteers shared a story with me and I felt it worth sharing. Mary has been faithfully volunteering for the past 8 months here at the Timberlake Outreach Center. She shared with me that she knew God had brought her to Open Door Mission, but was not sure why. She said

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Tips From Training

As Candace Gregory, Open Door Mission’s President/CEO says, “I am a slow learner BUT not a give up learner. So I HOPE that counts, God is not finished with me yet.” At the Mission, we are always trying to learn, trying to better ourselves, trying to better our Mission. At a recent training, there were

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Unfiltered Joy

There’s joy in the small things. If you have never taken the time to stop and really think about that, you may be missing out on a key part of the joy God so freely gives. I am fortunate to witness the joy of the small things in my day-to-day work as the Streets Ministry

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God Hears our Prayers

Prayer is a powerful tool the Mission uses on a weekly basis. Whether that means praying for a guest, a donor, or another Mission employee, the Mission PRAYS! So on National Day of Prayer, it was wonderful receiving multiple prayer requests from the community. The Mission strives to be praying for all who need it.

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Other Duties As Assigned

We all have that line in our job description that states, “other duties as assigned.” We joke about this phrase, but I took a couple of pictures of Russell, the director of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), living it out! This is Russell cleaning windows at Permanent Supportive Housing. Not only is he cleaning windows, but

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