Month: September 2019

The Smell of Comfort-Coffee!

September 29th was National Coffee Day. Are you a coffee drinker? I am not a coffee drinker, but I Love the smell of coffee, it is so welcoming. A hot cup of coffee on a cold day warms your hands and heart. Offering a cup of coffee is a sign of hospitality. To the homeless a

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Being a Good Neighbor

Tomorrow, September 28th, is National Good Neighbor Day. Open Door Mission encourages those in our New Life Recovery Program to give back, pay it forward for someone else. We are also blessed to give our students special outings to sports games or concerts. Recently John, at the Garland Thompson Men’s Center, had a chance to

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I Go To Prepare You Place

Jesus promised us He was going to prepare a place for us in heaven. It is a wonderful thought and feeling to know that there is a place just for you. For the homeless it is often just a dream, as they move from place to place looking for a home and hope. At Open

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“I Can’t Believe…”

One of my jobs at Open Door Mission is to answer the main phone line. I loved the job because I touch a person’s life for just a brief second. I hear all kinds of voices…angry/frustrated, desperate, pleading, and weary to name a few. Sometimes I can laugh with the caller and sometimes I get to

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Who Is that Guy in the Warehouse?

That guy is Chris Atkins, the warehouse manager and organizer of gift-in-kind donations to Open Door Mission. Chris has a formidable job…he never knows exactly what he is going to get or how much. He gets to drive the forklift, moving items around the campus and warehouse. He has to find the storage places and

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Shelters For Sinners Such As I

I recently came a across the statement, “churches are just shelters for sinners.” I was not offended, because I am a sinner. I am not proud of the fact, but I do belong to a very large majority! Church is a shelter for sinners, a place of refuge, forgiveness and grace. At church you are

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The Missing Piece

Did you ever have a hard time fitting all the pieces of life together? Do you ever think you will never get all your ducks together, much less in a row? Do you ever have doubts that God just may not know what He is doing in your life? If you are sitting in your

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Blessed to Volunteer

Recently I made a new friend, Delphin. She came into Administration building looking for a place to volunteer. I happily sent her over to help at the Kitchen. (They can always use help 9-11, making sack lunches). She came back to Administration about 2 hours later…to thank me! She said she felt blessed to have

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Volunteering, Giving to the Community

I love to share about our volunteers; they are so special and vital to Open Door Mission. We are blessed to have Ashley, who just happens to be a nurse practitioner. She is a very welcome addition to our clinic. She began seeing patients of all ages in mid-August. Before she started at the clinic

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We Are All Rescues

Recently a friend sent the attached picture to me. I laughed and enjoyed the irony. I have 2 rescue cats that feel I belong to them. The more I looked at the picture I began see that there is a lot of truth in it. All of us are “rescues” and God is helping us

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