What a great week at Lydia House!

Aug 21, 2010  |     |   General

Kids went back to school, parents are busy in New Life Recovery, Journey to Work, and Work Net classes, families moved out to permanent housing, and new families are moving in!

Most joyful today, is a mother who (due to incarceration) had not seen her young children for two years. She moved into her own Lydia House efficiency apartment. The grandmother drove the children from out-of-state to reunite with their mom this afternoon. We had to jump out of the way when the kids saw their mom and ran to her. It has been a couple hours now and when I walk by their apartment, they are still laughing and talking while settling in.

It is amazing what a simple Lydia House efficiency apartment will mean to this family’s life. I tell our women and families that the goal here is to relieve the stress of where they’ll be living, so they can devote their energy and attention to other issues in their lives. I see shoulders and faces visibly soften and relax. Unless you have been homeless, it is hard to imagine how much that takes from a person and how it robs you of positive opportunities. When a person is assured that they and their family are safe, they move on to restoration and establishing their faith, relationships, health, life-skills, education, and community responsibility. All that from a small area within four walls.

I encourage you to come by for a tour so you can see and hear first-hand about life-changing recovery happening daily at Open Door Mission. Just call Cris at 402-829-1504 to arrange a tour.

I also encourage you to come and volunteer – it will change your life as well as bless us with much needed assistance. I personally need a detailed, organized volunteer with spreadsheet, word processing, and proof reading skills that would come at least once a week. They would assist me for the next couple of months, for an important project I’m doing. Just give Cris Morris a call at 402-829-1504.

Thanks for caring,
Ronda Nelson
Compliance Director

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