Human Services

Open Door Outreach Center, Inc.

Neighbor Helping Neighbor

aka Open Door

Waterford, MI


Recognizing the human dignity of all persons, OPEN DOOR OUTREACH CENTER's primary mission, in the spirit of interfaith charity, is to provide emergency services (food, clothing and referral information) to families in need. Open Door may offer, as funding permits, other special assistance programs and supplemental services meant to improve the quality of life in the community.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Open Door Outreach Center began in 1980 as part of a church outreach. It became an independent entity in 1982 and has continued doing its good work for over 38 years without fail. We have adapted to the ever changing needs in our community. No matter if the economy is poor or on a modest rebound, there are people in need. Open Door is proud to serve these people and to give them hope.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Mrs. Karen Myers

President of Board of Trustees

Ms. JoAnn Bolek

Main Address

7170 Cooley Lake Rd

Waterford, MI 48327 USA


food, financial crisis, needy, human services, emergency,





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (K12)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Open Door Outreach Center focuses on meeting the basic needs of those less fortunate in our local area. These basic needs include food and clothing.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Food Pantry

Free Clothing and Household Items

Crisis Funding

Back to School

Holiday Programs

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Average number of service recipients per month

Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Food Pantry

Context notes

This is the average number of individuals receiving items from our food pantry each month.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Open Door Outreach Center's primary goal is to be able to meet the critical needs of food and household basics for our clients. The need is critical as other resources for help through government programs are facing constraints. We also strive to assist our clients to access all sources of support. We do this by partnering with other agencies so together we can be a stronger safety net for those in need.

Our ultimate goal is to offer support and hope so that our clients can lift themselves up and become self-sufficient citizens.

Open Door evaluates each client to identify specific needs. If assistance is needed that we cannot directly supply, we will refer to a partner agency. Example - If a client needs to apply for "food stamps", we can arrange an appointment with our Gleaners rep who assists the client with filing.

We also focus on client education and empowerment. Our client services rep will identify areas of hope and help the client grow to achieve success. Example - A client is jobless. Our client services director will work with them to identify job possibilities; assist in resume preparation; coach in interviewing skills; obtain a new outfit if necessary; and follow up on the results. There is nothing more satisfying then having a client contact us with the good news of a new job!

Open Door has a proven (over 38 years) track record of assisting the community. We have the staff to work with the client to identify needs. Through the support of our donors we have been able to meet those needs of providing food and basic clothing needs. Financial resources are constrained to meet financial needs but we work with our clients to find strategic partners (like churches, St. Vincent DePaul, etc.) to assist with critical financial needs.

Food in our pantry indicates that we can meet our clients' needs. Ideally we will work with clients so they can meet their own needs. But we know that we will always have a role in helping those who are not able to help themselves like seniors and the disabled.

We have been able to keep up with the demand in our food pantry but unfortunately we have had to direct resources from crisis to purchasing food.
We have partnered with other similar type agencies to implement best practices and have adopted a new Charity Tracker software that will enable us to better interact.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

Chamber of Commerce


Open Door Outreach Center, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Board Leadership Practices

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


Organizational Demographics

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Race & Ethnicity

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Sexual Orientation

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This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Diversity Strategies

We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
We have a diversity committee in place
We have a diversity manager in place
We have a diversity plan
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We do not specifically track diversity but have accomplished this by being open and bringing on the best people for the job.