Open Door Mission

Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness and Poverty

aka Open Door Mission   |   Omaha, NE   |  http://www.OpenDoorMission.org

Mission

Founded in 1954, Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission that meets the needs of individuals and families while inspiring HOPE for lasting-change that breaks the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Daily, Open Door Mission offers 917 safe shelter beds to those 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.

Ruling year info

1957

President/CEO

Candace L Gregory

Main address

2828 N 23rd St E

Omaha, NE 68110 USA

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Formerly known as

Rescue Mission Inc

EIN

47-0411375

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

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

Community Health Systems (E21)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Homelessness and Poverty do not discriminate. There are more than 2,000 people experiencing homelessness in Nebraska/Southwest Iowa. 28% of children in Nebraska do not know where their next meal will come from and more than 215 in Iowa. There are some 2.6 million Americans working full-time living below the poverty line. There is a tremendous food insecurity issue in our communities. The Open Door Mission is meeting the basic needs of individuals and families while inspiring HOPE for lasting change that breaks the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Lydia House Women & Family Center

For more than 65 years, Open Door Mission has welcomed the hungry and homeless when all other doors were closed. As the face of homelessness transformed from a scruffy, middle-aged man into the unblemished face of a 9 year old child, Open Door Mission’s Lydia House expanded programs and services to meet people in their need and swing wide the door to a better place. Nationally, about half of all homeless women and children are fleeing domestic abuse and violence.

The Lydia House provides emergency services for women and families in need of immediate assistance. We provide food, shelter, clothing and other basic needs. The Lydia House also offers life-changing programs to address the causes of homelessness such as abuse, addiction, or the inability to obtain and maintain steady employment.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Families

The reality is that when a person walks through our doors, they are not initially seeking a complete life change. They are coming in off the streets, leaving the cars or cardboard boxes they’ve called home and seeking two simple things– shelter and food. Open Door Mission’s Garland Thompson Men’s Center provides emergency services for men in need of immediate assistance. Food, shelter, clothing and other basic needs are provided and each man is given case management, which provides the first steps toward preventing future homelessness.

Population(s) Served
Men and boys

Open Door Mission desires to be a bridge of hope for people striving to reclaim the basic necessities of life, restore their God-given dignity, and rejoin the community as full and active participants. This apartment complex consists of 41 two and three bedroom apartments for men, women and families who may benefit from living in a stable environment for an extended period of time. Residents can live in a supportive housing environment while working or attending school full time.

Population(s) Served
Adults

At each of the three Family Outreach & Donation Centers (Timberlake Outreach Center, Elkhorn Outreach/Donation Center, and Council Bluffs Family Outreach/Donation Center), monthly assistance for food, clothing, diapers, furniture, and appliances is available. Through this ministry, needy families can lower their expenses, empowering them to remain in their own homes.

The Timberlake Outreach Center specifically also serves thousands with our seasonal preventive programs including Great Thanksgiving Banquet, Turkey ‘N Fixins, Super Duper Give Away, and Project Santa.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Open Door Mission offers life-changing programs to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Lydia House and the Garland Thompson Men’s Center also offer life changing recovery programs to address the causes for homelessness such as abuse, addiction, or the inability to obtain and maintain steady employment.

NLRP is a Bible-based 12-step residential program committed to providing men, women and families the tools they need to become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Open Door Mission offers life-changing programs to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Lydia House and the Garland Thompson Men’s Center also offer life changing recovery programs to address the causes for homelessness such as abuse, addiction, or the inability to obtain and maintain steady employment.

The Journey to Work Program focuses on breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty through personal development, money management, job training and educational skills. GED classes are also offered.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Open Door Mission offers life-changing programs to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Lydia House and the Garland Thompson Men’s Center also offer life changing recovery programs to address the causes for homelessness such as abuse, addiction, or the inability to obtain and maintain steady employment.

The Veteran’s Housing First Program focuses on the Housing First and Veterans Administration combined goals of crisis intervention, emergency services, screening, and assessments in area of mental health, chemical dependency, job skills, training, and life skills.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Open Door Mission offers life-changing programs to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Lydia House and the Garland Thompson Men’s Center also offer life changing recovery programs to address the causes for homelessness such as abuse, addiction, or the inability to obtain and maintain steady employment.

Our AfterCare Program is a service available to individuals and families after they graduate from one of our programs. Support is crucial at this time, and the AfterCare Program provides help during the transition to independent living.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Open Door Mission offers life-changing programs to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Lydia House and the Garland Thompson Men’s Center also offer life changing recovery programs to address the causes for homelessness such as abuse, addiction, or the inability to obtain and maintain steady employment.

Graduates of Work Net discover opportunities that are fulfilling and lead to gainful employment.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Open Door Mission offers life-changing programs to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Lydia House and the Garland Thompson Men’s Center also offer life changing recovery programs to address the causes for homelessness such as abuse, addiction, or the inability to obtain and maintain steady employment.

Afterschool programs provide educational tutoring, field trips, and character building exercises. Kids to Kamp during the summer provides 3 hot, nutritious meals, recreational games, field trips, learning activities, educational tutoring, arts and crafts, and so much more.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions 2017

Awards

Certified Mission 2017

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) 1954

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty

The Open Door Mission has an integrated marketing plan to share the story of Open Door Mission that includes acquisition, cultivation, radio, television, public relations, and community support to raise the revenue needed to support all 40 programs. Measuring outcomes for programs is crucial. In the life-changing programs, success is measured one year after graduation looking at the following productivity, healthy relationships, and sobriety.

Changing Lives Daily

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.

Our Impact in 2019:

At Open Door Mission, we believe in coming alongside people experiencing homelessness and poverty, empathizing with their situation and speaking truth into their lives—that they are worthy, valued and created in the image of God. It’s our passion, our calling. And we’ve been doing it, thanks to partners like you, since 1954.
• Providing 201,698 nights of safe shelter.
• Serving 1.74 million nutritious meals to feed the hungry.
• Empowering 35,507 individuals to remain in their own homes and
preventing homelessness.
• Celebrating 52 graduates from life-changing programs.
• Diverting 602 patients experiencing homelessness from hospital
emergency room visits.
• Changing lives along with 15,261 volunteers giving 71,647 hours of their valuable time.

For 66 years the Open Door Mission has been serving the hungry and the homeless. Recently, the Open Door Mission completed a 34 million dollar campaign that created a more safe therapeutic shelter space, expanded life-changing programs and added additional programmings such as a Free Health and Healing Clinic and Permanent Supportive Housing. Added a 14,000 sq. ft. greenhouse and a wind tunnel greenhouse. Our future looks promising with just being gifted approximately 2 more city blocks worth of space to expand vocational training, permanent supportive housing, and a greenhouse. More lived being changed!

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Open Door Mission

Board of directors
as of 3/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Kelly Loneman

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/04/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability