Month: August 2019

Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

Evelyn from the Timberlake Outreach Center is sharing a special moment of guest/staff interaction that makes working at Open Door Mission so special. I am so honored and grateful to serve alongside beautiful co-workers like Mikayla. Today at the very end of our work day, we served a homeless man that walked to the Timberlake Outreach Center, he

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Does Free Really Help?

I recently had someone ask me if I really thought we helped people by giving away everything for “free” at the Timberlake Outreach Center (and at Elkhorn and Council Bluffs). My answer was a resounding YES! Every week as I drive to work at 8:00 am I see people lined up to “shop”. The Outreach

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Fathers, Stories of Hope

Open Door Mission has quite a few men staying here that are fathers. You hear a lot about mothers that are separated from their children and seeking reunification. What people may not know is we have fathers that that want reunification with their children. Open Door Mission provides a safe and fun place where either

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Be an Angel

August 22nd is National Be an Angel Day. Have you ever thought about how you can be an Angel to someone, maybe even several someones? The joy of being an angel is that you get the blessing too. Being an angel doesn’t require money, special talents or skills, a certain age; all it requires is a

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National Potato Day

Who doesn’t love potatoes? There are so many varieties of potatoes and ways to fix them, giving a variety of flavors. Nutritionally potatoes are a powerhouse of goodness and gluten free. Did you know that potatoes are: just 110 calories, no fat, sodium or cholesterol, nearly half your daily value of vitamin C, more potassium

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Family Games

Does your family have a “Game Night” or do you just like getting together to play some outdoor games? In my family it was always fun to work 1,000 piece puzzles together. The families at Lydia House like to play games too. The single ladies have been known to work a puzzle or two. Just

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Thought Provoking

I recently read a Letter to the Editor in the Omaha World Herald. The writer pointed out that some people want to make sure that the immigrants are being taken care…housing, clothing, health care, food stamps, driver’s licenses and jobs. She pointed out that we are not even meeting those expectations for our own citizens…not

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In the Lions’ Den

Daniel was a man dedicated to the Lord, even defying a King and his rules. I am not advocating we defy laws that are set in place, but how much do we trust the Lord? Are you willing to go into the lions’ den? Trusting God to fight your battles is a hard concept to

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The Walls Come Tumbling Down

We all build walls around our life, walls that protect us from the hurt of the world. Like the rest of us, our guests at Open Door Mission build walls to protect themselves. The problem with walls is that they can prevent healing. False protection from the world is not healthy. In the New Life

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How Would You Like to Wear Some One Else’s Underwear?

Today is National Underwear Day! People don’t often talk about underwear, after all is a private thing. In the past 15+ years I have learned to speak out and up about underwear. Whether I am speaking to kindergartners or Senior citizens I love to ask the question… How Would You Like to Wear Some One

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