Lydia House Closed To New Intakes and Volunteers Due to Positive COVID-19 Cases


Effective immediately, Open Door Mission’s Lydia House is closed to new intakes and volunteers for the next 10 days, until September 8, 2020, due to positive COVID-19 cases.  Recently 4 Lydia House staff and a family of 4 tested positive for COVID-19, with 1 staff member awaiting results.

“We have been diligent in following the CDC guidelines with handwashing, cleaning and mask wearing, but unfortunately we have positive cases in Lydia House,” says Candace Gregory, President/CEO of Open Door Mission.  “For the safety of our staff, guests, and volunteers, we are closing to new guests and will refer people who need help to other facilities and resources.  We would appreciate prayers for all the ladies and families staying at Lydia House, who are already going through a challenging time, and for our staff on the front lines.”

“After much prayer, I have decided to postpone volunteer entry time to Lydia House until September 8 during this outbreak.  It gives our team time to monitor current guests for symptoms and reaches our protocols to keep everyone safe,” says Gregory. 

Deb Saraka will contact volunteers about rescheduling.


Open Door Mission’s Lydia House, 2809 N 20th St E, Omaha.

Photo/Interview Opportunities:

Candace Gregory, President/CEO, Open Door Mission 

About Open Door Mission:

Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954 committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 917 safe, shelter beds to people experiencing homelessness, serves over 4,747 nutritious meals to feed the hungry, and provides homeless preventive resources to more than 1,000 people living in poverty to empower them to remain in their own homes.

Scroll to Top