Main Campus - Open Door Mission

Main Campus

The Open Door Mission team and volunteers are committed to helping people who are experiencing homelessness and empowering others through homeless prevention resources that see lives transformed.

Garland Thompson Men’s Center

The reality is that when a person walks through our doors, they are not initially seeking a complete life change. They are coming in off the streets, leaving the cars or cardboard boxes they’ve called home and seeking two simple things– shelter and food. Open Door Mission’s Garland Thompson Men’s Center provides emergency services for men in need of immediate assistance. Food, shelter, clothing and other basic needs are provided and each man is given case management, which provides the first steps toward preventing future homelessness.

Rebuilding Lives Center

The Rebuilding Lives Center is committed to empowering men with the tools they need to become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community. This center has 96 units for life-changing programs. The New Life Recovery Program is a Bible-based 12-step residential program focused on personal development. The Journey to Work Program provides money management, job training, and educations skills. While the Veterans Housing First Program focuses on supportive services, crisis intervention, educational screening and assessment in areas of mental health, chemical dependency, job skills and life skills. The top floor is for Permanent Supportive Housing for those who may benefit from living in a stable environment while working or attending school full-time.

Lydia House Women & Family Center

For more than 60 years, Open Door Mission has welcomed the hungry and homeless when all other doors were closed. As the face of homelessness transformed from a scruffy, middle-aged man into the unblemished face of a 9-year-old child, Open Door Mission’s Lydia House expanded programs and services to meet people in their need and swing wide the door to a better place. Nationally, about half of all homeless women and children are fleeing domestic abuse and violence.

The Lydia House provides emergency services for women and families in need of immediate assistance. We provide food, shelter, clothing, and other basic needs. The Lydia House also offers life-changing programs to address the causes of homelessness such as abuse, addiction, or the inability to obtain and maintain steady employment.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Open Door Mission desires to be a bridge of hope for people striving to reclaim the basic necessities of life, restore their God-given dignity, and rejoin the community as full and active participants. This apartment complex consists of 41 two and three bedroom apartments for men, women, and families who may benefit from living in a stable environment for an extended period of time. Residents can live in a supportive housing environment while working or attending school full-time.

Family Outreach & Donation Centers

At the Timberlake Outreach Center and each of our Family Outreach & Donation Centers (Elkhorn and Council Bluffs Family Outreach/Donation Center), monthly assistance for food, clothing, diapers, furniture, and appliances is available.  Through this ministry, needy families can lower their expenses, empowering them to remain in their own homes.

The Timberlake Outreach Center specifically also serves thousands of people through our seasonal preventive programs including Great Thanksgiving Banquet, Turkey ‘N Fixins, Super Duper Give Away, and Project Santa.

Life Changing Programs

Open Door Mission offers life-changing programs to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Lydia House and the Garland Thompson Men’s Center also offer life-changing recovery programs to address the causes of homelessness such as abuse, addiction, or the inability to obtain and maintain steady employment.

New Life Recovery Program (NLRP)

NLRP is a Bible-based 12-step residential program committed to providing men, women, and families the tools they need to become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community.

Journey to Work Program

The Journey to Work Program focuses on breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty through personal development, money management, job training and educational skills. GED classes are also offered.

Veteran’s Housing First Program

The Veteran’s Housing First Program focuses on the Housing First and Veterans Administration combined goals of crisis intervention, emergency services, screening, and assessments in areas of mental health, chemical dependency, job skills, training, and life skills.

Work Net

Graduates of Work Net discover opportunities that are fulfilling and lead to gainful employment.

Children and Youth

Afterschool programs provide educational tutoring, field trips, and character building exercises. Kids to Kamp during the summer provides 3 hot, nutritious meals, recreational games, field trips, learning activities, educational tutoring, arts and crafts, and so much more.