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Stories of Hope

Providing Hope

Jaquan was born and raised in Missouri. He grew up in a large family and has always known the love of two hard-working parents. For most of Jaquan’s life, he did not struggle with substance abuse. However, that all changed when he was 21 years old and first started taking the prescription pain killer known …

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Finding Refuge And Strength

"With tears in her eyes, Helen emphasizes all the Lord has done through the Open Door Mission and its staff. She wants those who are giving and donating to the mission to understand that they are contributing so much more than just feeding a person with food."

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Rescued From the Valley

Michael, a current student of the New Life Recovery Program, was raised by two loving parents in the City of Omaha. He describes his mother and father as disciplined, hard-working, and loving. When Michael was just 12 years old, he began following the wrong crowd and was introduced to meth. Michael’s addiction created a barrier …

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Blessed are Those That Persevere

Christina grew up in a single-parent home with three brothers. Her mother worked a lot to provide for them. Being the oldest, many household responsibilities fell on Christina, such as cooking, cleani...

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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 tha...

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Inspired to Lasting Change by Fatherhood

A warm bed, a pair of shoes, and Christmas gifts for his daughter. These gifts Haden freely received inspired hope for lasting change in his life. Growing up, Haden’s family moved a lot due to his f...

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A New Holiday Experience

If you take a trip back to Open Door Mission’s kitchen, you’ll meet Gary Hughes, Hospitality Director. He might be distracted singing, but as soon as he sees you, you’ll receive the warmest welc...

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Making a Difference Because of Lasting Change

Kirk is one of Open Door Mission’s most faithful volunteers, working six-hour shifts at the Garland Thompson Men’s Center front desk two or three times a week. He shows up early and stays late, sp...

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Connecting With God

“If you really want to connect with God,” said Beth, “He’ll do it.” Beth grew up always around alcoholics, and by age 16, she was pregnant with her first child. Since that was the on...

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Focusing on Love

“I try to look forward now and to focus on love,” said DeCarlos. “And I forgive, forgive, forgive.” DeCarlos grew up with separated parents, both in the military, meaning his childhood was ful...

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Finding My Way Back Home

For a long time, Kimberly wandered from home, physically and spiritually. She grew up in a loving, Christian household with her parents as her Sunday school teachers. But in 2010, she fell into an abu...

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Do You Believe In Miracles?

“Do you believe in miracles?” the doctor asked Daniel. For most of his life, Daniel would have responded, “No.” From a young age, he had been convinced that God had it out for him; a theme tha...

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Hungry for New Life

Erick’s love story has a happy ending. But it did not always seem like it would. Born in Omaha, Erick grew up living with his grandparents, who he looked up to immensely. They raised him with good v...

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Lasting Change This Christmas

This month, Stephanie began Open Door Mission’s WorkNet Program, the final phase of the New Life Recovery Program focused on job-readiness. And she couldn’t be happier. Stephanie grew up in an unh...

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Stay for the Blessings

It was all too much. After trying to get his life together on his own strength, Glen didn’t see what he had to live for. He put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger, but nothing happened. Frus...

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The Gift of a New Me

Casey grew up in central Nebraska and has a father who was an addict. By age nine Casey was an addict too. She launched into a 30-year roller coaster of addictive behaviors, criminal activity, and unh...

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Leaving the Double Life Behind

Dillon’s family life took a 180° turn when his father came home from prison. It’s just that Dillon didn’t make the turn with them. “For the first ten years of my life I was surrounded by drug...

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Family is Worth Fighting For

Lisa talks with passion about the ministry God has given her at Open Door Mission. “What I love about the New Life Recovery Program is that there’s not an unrealistic pressure to get through it. P...

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More Than Just Surviving the Winter

For Rowena, it was quite a journey from a secure job and a warm house to the freezing streets of Omaha. “I spent 2016 down and depressed,” Rowena recalls. “I was using drugs. I lost my job. I lo...

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“God Help Me”

Larry found himself in the back of a patrol car on his way to a holding cell. When he was pulled over, his car was filled with guns and drugs. As the officer ran Larry’s license to confirm who he wa...

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