open door news

450 Cups of coffee
October 12th, 2018

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As the weather turned cold this week, our Family Room staff and volunteers have geared up to reach increased numbers of homeless individuals coming to escape the cold. On Monday alone we had over 136 people drop in and brewed over 450 cups of coffee!

The cold weather and increased volume of guests have led to escalated conflicts with some visitors. We ask for your prayers as we learn how to wisely deescalate conflict, show care and love in frustrating situations, and continue to serve without becoming discouraged.

There is so much good happening in the midst of the day to day difficulties we face. Here is a special testimonial shared by our Learning Center Janitor, Kenneth, this week:

“Our office staff, the Family Room, and the daycare are some of the most professional and fine people that I've ever met. I give all things to God, the staff at Open Door Ministries, Street to life, Fillmore house, the family room staff, without all of you I would never be the person I am today. No matter what anybody thinks, I wake up with a clean slate, and I have only you and the Lord to thank for this. I would like to say it's a miracle and maybe it is, but all of you have mentored me to the man that I am today. No one in my past was ever able to give me the help, encouragement, and gratitude that I have, except for you. I wish I could reach out to each and every one of you and tell you how incredible it's been for me to experience your love. Open door family, street to life, thank you.” - Kenneth (pictured above)


Winter clothes needed
October 4th, 2018

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The Open Door Family Room is a welcoming space where our friends on the streets can come in for free coffee, warmth, and a little rest. We love showing hospitality and building life-giving relationships that point to Christ!

With 30 degree weather approaching this week, the Family Room is in great need of new or used winter clothing items to share with the homeless that come in every day. Our greatest needs right now are:

  • Socks

  • Gloves, Hats & Scarves

  • Blankets, Sleeping Bags & Comforters

  • Hand Warmers

  • Men’s & Women’s Clothing

  • Coffee & Coffee Supplies

If you are interested in donating any of these items, please contact Ellen at ebarton@odmdenver.org or by calling 303-830-2201. Items can be dropped off Monday-Friday from 8:00am - 5:30pm at 1567 Marion Street, Denver, CO 80218.

Thank you for partnering with us as we seek to show mercy and love to the homeless in our community.


sponsor a table at the open door banquet
september 28th, 2018

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Discover the impact Open Door Ministries is making in urban Denver at the Embracing Our City Banquet! Join us for a small silent auction and a new interactive experience where you will learn about our 18 distinct programs first-hand, followed by dinner and stories from individuals who have been touched by God at Open Door.

Embracing Our City Banquet
Sunday, November 11th, 2018
Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center Hotel

Would you consider sponsoring a table at the Banquet this year? It’s the perfect opportunity to introduce your friends and family to Open Door Ministries. Sponsorships are available at $500, $1000, and $1500 and each table seats 10 people. Sign up to sponsor today at odmdenver.org/banquet or contact Megan Etter for more information: megan@odmdenver.org, 720-975-0103.

We’ll see you in November!

 
 

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