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From Candace’s Heart

The tragic stories of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and now James Scurlock have had an immeasurable impact. My heart is heavy, as I am processing my own raw emotion in the face of these senseless acts. I do not have the right words to describe the injustice in our world today, but God does. “Speak …

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Moving Forward

On Monday, June 1st, 2020, Open Door Mission is lifting the Shelter in Place Policy, which means guests experiencing homelessness can leave for employment and housing opportunities, go shopping and basically carry on with everyday life.  The Open Door Mission team will still focus on safe shelter and quality care following all CDC guidelines.  New …

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Open Door Mission is COVID-19 Free After 27 Days

Dear Friends, There were 25 staff and guests that tested positive for COVID-19 during the month of May. Following the recommendation of the Douglas County Health Department, Open Door Mission’s Campus completed 14 days of quarantine on Monday, May 25th. Open Door Mission’s housing programs have now all reopened to accept new guests. Within the …

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Drop Off Locations Closed

Due to the generosity of the community, the Open Door Mission is forced to close its drop off locations including cancelling Spring Clean at Dingman’s Collision Center. All of the possible storage space is full on Campus, including 3 semi trailers. The 3 Outreach Center’s in Elkhorn, Council Bluffs, and the Main Campus serve approximately …

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Hopping Down the Bunny Trail

Believe it or not…Easter is fast approaching. At Open Door Mission we start planning for holidays way in advance. We will be serving 100 or more children, not to forget the adults too. (Numbers fluctuate as families move in and out) As we look forward to Easter for the children we need items for the …

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Always Delivering What We Need

Open Door Mission has a lot of “unsung heroes”, from volunteers to donors to our delivery men. Yes, our delivery men have become a part of how the Mission serves the less fortunate. Those of us at Administration have gotten to know them well…especially with donors using Open Door Mission’s from various “wish lists” for …

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Where is Your Heart?

Do you have a heart to serve? Do you like to teach? Do you like to help in the kitchen? Are you an organizer? Do you like to cuddle children? Do you have a skill or hobby you would like to share? If you can answer yes to any of those questions you need to …

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Super Food for Super People

A couple of weeks ago there was this big football game…the Super Bowl! The guys at the Garland Thompson Men’s Center, at Open Door Mission, pretty much love sports. There were parties all over town, most of them with alcohol. That is a lot of temptation for men trying to stay sober so our Chef …

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