Jan 15, 2020  |     |   General

The cold months of winter, the demand for shelter, poor health are mixed together with cold viruses, the flu virus and all variety of germs and that equals illnesses. Open Door Mission is blessed to h...

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Tom, A Changed Life

Jan 13, 2020  |     |   General

I am often asked if people “really” change? Are there success stories? Do people truly “break the cycle of homeless”? I can answer with a resounding YES! The following is from Tom, a former gu...

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More Than 3 Hots and a Cot

Jan 8, 2020  |     |   General

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 kitche...

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Tales From the Schoolyard

Jan 6, 2020  |     |   General

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 alway...

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Legal and Illegal

Jan 3, 2020  |     |   General

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. A...

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Looking Forward or Back?

Jan 1, 2020  |     |   General

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 ...

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Dec 25, 2019  |     |   General

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 s...

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Who or What Do You Worship?

Dec 23, 2019  |     |   General

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 ex...

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Jars of Sunshine

Dec 20, 2019  |     |   General

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...

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Christmas Cards!

Dec 18, 2019  |     |   General

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 donat...

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Just 3 Gifts

Dec 13, 2019  |     |   General

As Christmas approaches we start frantically shopping for gifts. We want to get that perfect gifts for that special person. We often get so busy we forget why we give to others. It is not the amount ...

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Christmas Bells

Dec 11, 2019  |     |   General

When you see the words “Christmas Bells” what do you think of? At Open Door Mission we think about Christmas gifts for our single men and women that come in on Christmas eve or day. They come seek...

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