Month: October 2019

Forget Halloween-Life is Scary

Tomorrow is Halloween, originally All Hallows Eve, but we have turned it into a day of tricks, treats, grotesque costumes and the beginning of the holiday candy sales. For many children a life of poverty and/or homelessness is far scarier than Halloween. Hunger, fear, uncertainty and constant change is a reality for over 2.5 million

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Thoughts From the School Yard

I am blessed to speak to various middle and high schools in the area about homelessness. The students often write me notes about what they learned and how the information has affected them. I am always amazed the most of the young people have no concept of the effect of homelessness on society and their

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Making a Difference

Nebraska Methodist College decided to “Make a Difference” in a big way recently. They came to Open Door Mission to provide health screenings for our guests. Terry Jo, Open Door Mission’s Clinic Coordinator, loves it when groups come to help our guests stay healthy.  These screenings are vital to the health care of the homeless.

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It’s No Bologna-We Need Your Help

October 24th is National Bologna Day! Did you know you can make a difference with a package of bologna and a couple hours of your time?  Every Monday through Friday Open Door Mission makes 500 to 1,000 sack lunches for our guests and those on the street. Our van goes out into the community to deliver

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Don’t be a Turkey…Donate a Turkey

Open Door Mission is collecting frozen turkeys to give away so the less fortunate of the community can have a complete Thanksgiving Dinner (including the leftovers).  It is easy to pick up some of the “sides” too. It would be awesome if we could stock our shelves with all the delicious foods of the season.

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A Marked Man

At Open Door Mission we try to give our guests some “off campus” experiences to help them grow in their spiritual life. Zachary is one of the men that spent special weekend learning about being a “Marked Man” for Christ. His story is especially relevant because today is “Evaluate Your Life” Day. Here is his

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Bosses Day

Who is your boss? For a Christian the most important and top boss is Christ. The dictionary defines a boss as person in charge, a leader and a supervisor. When Christ is the leader in your life you are blessed. You are blessed to know that there is someone who wants only the best for

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Bonding in Christ and Recovery

Recovery isn’t just sitting in a classroom or counseling sessions. It is important for our guests to have other life experiences. This fall Taylor, the Permanent Supportive Housing Administrative Assistant, took a group of men in the New Life Recovery program on a weekend camping trip. Time away from Open Door Mission still leads to

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Angel Food Cake Day

Everyone at Open Door Mission loves homemade treats! Our guests especially love something homemade; the treats conjure up good memories of better days. Would you, and your friends too, be “angels” make some homemade goodies for dessert? Yesterday was “Angel Food Cake” Day…but we will take some belated “Angel Food Cakes” anytime. To be honest

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Brrr-the North Wind Doth Blow

Cold weather is fast approaching and Open Door Mission needs to be prepared. Will you help us provide all types of winter weather clothing? Look in your closets for coats you no longer use or want.  Gather up the scarves, pairs of gloves or mittens and winter hats. Outgrown snowsuits and even ski suits are

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