Month: January 2020

Simple Math Word Problem

One homeless young mother + (her two children) + one man addicted to drugs + two single women (1 victim of domestic violence, 1 struggling with mental illness) + three veterans (1 Viet Nam, 1 Iran war, 1 Afghanistan) + 5,000 living in poverty + four families (2 downsized, 1 lacking job skills, 1 large

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The Poverty Puzzle

When you are living in poverty it is a daily puzzle to figure out how to “make it”. According to the Federal government the poverty level is $25,000 a year for a family of 4 to live “comfortably”. Think about your family…could you live “comfortably” on that amount? In Omaha the percentage of those living

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Pie Day

Yesterday was Pie Day, do you like pie?  Pie tends to be a “special” dessert, served on Thanksgiving and other celebrations. Most of the time we think of pie as a sweet treat, but there are savory pies. Savory pies are a great way to stretch ingredients to feed more people. Have you ever thought

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Soup for the Body and Soul

January is National Soup Month…a great month to enjoy your favorite hot and comforting soups. Soup dates back to 6000 B.C. and was made from hippopotamus. Soup has long been considered a food with healing properties. Scientists have proven that chicken noodle soup is good for helping cure a cold. During hard time, like the

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The Road to Destruction Takes a U-Turn

William grew up in a good home, despite his parents having divorced at an early age. He just got to a point at age 10 where he felt like he didn’t quite fit in. At age 12, he began drinking, and that seemed to be the missing piece. A few years later, he began experimenting

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Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King’s quotes on the importance of volunteering. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a

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Giving Back Open Door Mission Style

Open Door Mission believes in encouraging our guests to give back to the community that helps support their recovery. The men love to get a chance their various skills. The men in our New Life Recovery and Journey to Work programs volunteered to help renovate the kitchen at the Camp of the Good Shepherd. The

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AAAH-Choo!

The cold months of winter, the demand for shelter, poor health are mixed together with cold viruses, the flu virus and all variety of germs and that equals illnesses. Open Door Mission is blessed to have a clinic on site, managed by Nurse Terry. She dispenses lots of TLC, as well as over-the-counter medications. The

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Tom, A Changed Life

I am often asked if people “really” change? Are there success stories? Do people truly “break the cycle of homeless”? I can answer with a resounding YES! The following is from Tom, a former guest, that shows your support of Open Door Mission does make a difference, one life at a time. I came to

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A Day at Timberlake Outreach Center

Every day is a blessing At first, when you ask me about my journey through the 5 years I’ve been serving at Timberlake Outreach Center;  I thought oh man do I have so many beautiful, blessing and difficult moments but all worth it. The most important lessons I have learned are in the difficult times,

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