Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954 committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women, and children, serves over 2,100 hot, nutritious meals, and provides preventive measures to more than 1,082 people living in poverty. Tours begin at the Permanent Supportive Housing Building located at 2205 E Locust St. Please click here to contact Garrett to schedule your tour. Staff would love to give you, your family, your co-workers, or your church a tour of Open Door Mission Campus. You will be able to see first hand how lives are being Changed. Tours last approximately 60-minutes and are available:

  • Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.

See just how the lives of hungry and homeless men, women, and children were impacted at Open Door Mission! None of this would have been possible without friends and donors like YOU. So thank you so much for your support. You helped feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and bring life-transformation to our neediest neighbors.

Fast Facts

Today’s homeless population includes men, women, children, and families. With your help, homeless men, women, and children can find hope at Open Door Mission — hope that can break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Approximately 20,000 people are homeless in Nebraska every night.

Approximately 2,000 people are homeless in Omaha every night.

The average age of a homeless person is 9 years old.

More than 3.5 million people are homeless every night, and 1.35 million are children.

More than 30 percent of homeless families have an open case for child abuse or neglect.

Of the 31.1 million people living in poverty, more than 12 million are children.

Families with children represent 23 percent of the homeless.

Nationally, about 50 percent of all homeless women and children are fleeing domestic violence.

Studies indicate that 40 percent of homeless men have served in the armed forces, compared to 34 percent in the general population.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates that on any given night 271,000 veterans are homeless in the United States.

About 16 percent of adult homeless people suffer from severe and persistent mental illness.

It is estimated that 30 percent of homeless single adults suffer from substance abuse and addiction.

Up to 25 percent of the urban homeless population is employed.


  • HFH
  • Urban Institute Study
  • U.S. Conference of Mayors
  • National Coalition for the Homeless

Because You Gave

Because of YOUR generous donation of time, talent, and treasure, Open Door Mission and YOU are Rebuilding Lives Together.

With your faithful and generous support in 2017, Open Door Mission…

Served More Than:

  • 798,959 hot, nutritious meals

Provided More Than:

  • 199,919 warm, safe shelter nights

Cared for More Than:

  • 300 homeless patients each week in the Free Health & Healing Clinic

Empowered More Than:

  • 281,456 individuals to stay in their own homes

Was Encouraged by Over:

  • 18,310 volunteers donating their time


  • 53 graduates from life-changing programs

Lives are being changed with your care and compassion for the hungry and homeless.

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