More Than a Statistic

Dec 14, 2016  |     |   General

     As it gets colder, Open Door Mission sees an increase in people seeking shelter.  These people just trying to get warm, fed, and rested.  Some may think that during these bitter cold days, everyone that lives on the streets comes in for shelter.  However, this is just not true—we come in contact with people every day during our Streets of Omaha program that are still living out in the cold.
     “I don’t expect you to understand or even to accept me, but you are here and you do,” said one man that we serve on the streets.  “I am amazed.”
     He had been sitting under the interstate bridge all afternoon.  He was hungry and alone.  We talked with him, gave him a few sack lunches and bottles of water, and then simply spent time getting to know him.  As we got up to walk back to the van he said, “Thank you.  Thank you for taking the time to just let me be a person.” 
      Today He felt less like statistic or an addiction, He felt the way he deserves to feel and that is like a person who God calls his child. 

Jessica Coffey
Volunteer Coordinator