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Author: Digital Douglasshaw

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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More Than 3 Hots and a Cot

Shelters are an outgrowth of the need to provide food for the homeless or poor. There is no set date as to when “soup kitchens” became an established entity, but most agree the rise of soup kitchen came about in 1929 when the Great Depression occurred. Within 2 years the economy plunged, leaving 25% of

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Tales From the Schoolyard

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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Legal and Illegal

Did you know in all 50 states there are laws against leaving animals outside in the cold weather (hot weather also). It is either a misdemeanor or felony. It can be just a fine or include jail time. As of now neither Nebraska nor Omaha have laws or regulations concerning the welfare of the homeless

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Looking Forward or Back?

Today is January first, a day of reflection and maybe resolutions. January is named for the two-faced God Janus. Janus was always looking back or to the future. How do you look at the New Year? Is it a day to look forward to see what can be or; is it a day look at

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Christmas

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. For those who lived in a land of deep shadows— light! sunbursts of light! You repopulated the nation, you expanded its joy. Oh, they’re so glad in your presence! Festival joy! The joy of a great celebration, sharing rich gifts and warm greetings. The

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Who or What Do You Worship?

I wanted to write about who or what we worship at Christmas; my sister knowing I struggle with writing sent me this message from Paul Tripp. I have edited some of it, but he is far more eloquent in expressing our need for Christ this holiday season. “Why do we keep acquiring more possessions when

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Jars of Sunshine

A couple of months ago Southwest Church of Christ Ladies had a retreat. Phyllis, in charge of crafts, decided to do a craft that would benefits others and bring joy. She had seen Jars of Sunshine  on the Open Door Mission website under Volunteer from Home (https://www.opendoormission.org/volunteer-category/volunteer-from-home/). The 30 women attending got to fellowship and

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Christmas Cards!

Do you have Christmas cards (or any greeting cards) leftover? You know when you needed 30 cards but had to buy 36. These cards can accumulate and overtake valuable storage space. Please consider donating unused extra cards to Open Door Mission. Your donation of cards will bless our guests by letting them send cards to

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What Do You Get For the Person That Has Nothing?

The month of December is already half over, but it is not too late to make a difference. So much of the hustle and bustle of Christmas is trying to find the right gift for the” person that has everything.” If the people you buy for have all they need why not give a special

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