open door news
14 Years of Serving at The Table
AUGUST 13th, 2019
For the past 14 years, a group from Calvary Chapel Castle Rock has come once a month to serve dinner at The Table. Leaders have changed, cooks have changed...but many of the core group have been there since the beginning. This church invested themselves in our community. They knew who liked beans and who didn’t. Who wanted extra salad. They prayed for those they served and followed up with them the next month.
Last Sunday was their last week to serve. They have seen rising numbers of single moms and families experiencing homelessness in Castle Rock. Now they are going to invest their passion and resources there. It was bittersweet to send them off with our thanks and prayers. Open Door will miss their servant hearts and tasty dinners!
Want to serve at The Table? Your group can come for a single day or regularly. Here are our current needs:
Saturday, August 31st Breakfast
Saturday, October 5th Breakfast
Saturday, November 2nd Breakfast
Sunday, December 22nd Dinner
Regularly on 2nd Sunday Dinner of Every Month
Regularly on 1st or 5th Saturday Breakfast of Every Month, starting in 2020
To learn more, contact Jessica Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raising awareness & Raising Up Leaders
August 9th, 2019
ODM cares deeply about training and raising up urban leaders. One way we do this is through our Urban Immersion (UI) program. This summer we hosted 17 groups (379 people) who came to ODM to learn and serve!
An average week for a UI team looks something like this: Setting out on a “Poverty Scavenger Hunt.” Riding the 15 bus down Colfax. Sweating, working, and walking a lot. Playing with kiddos. Sleeping outside for a night. Devouring some tasty Ethiopian food. Engaging with people affected by poverty. Worshiping with a multi-cultural church. Breaking down walls of fear. Seeing what God is doing in Denver through ODM!
Here are a few thoughts from our summer teams:
“We had amazing experiences on our ODM mission. Everyone couldn’t say enough. When you do God’s work, you can feel his presence!”
“I loved how our students were pushed out of their comfort zones to interact and visit with people they typically wouldn't talk to.”
“Amazing ministry experiences! All the serving opportunities (both work project and the relational opportunities) and all the opportunities to serve meals and set up cots etc. were AWESOME!”
We host teams any time of the year. Want to bring your group to ODM? Visit odmdenver.org/urban-immersion to learn more!
Supporting Staff with Affordable Housing
August 2nd, 2019
Did you know that Open Door is made up of over 45 staff members who raise a portion of their salary? As an organization, we desire to ensure that our committed staff have ways to maintain a long-term career at Open Door by providing benefits, generous time off, and adequate compensation. However, as the city has gentrified and housing prices have skyrocketed, it has become more difficult for our staff to live in Denver.
After realizing that most ODM staff raise a part of their salary, an ODM supporter came to us with a generous offer. They own a nice home just 15 minutes south of Open Door and asked if we might want to use it for staff housing. We were blown away by this offer and have now been able to move two of our female staff in the house! The home, which we are now referring to as the “Logan House,” will be used to house 3-4 newer staff from Open Door and Westside Church who are just beginning to build their support raising base. The staff residents are able to get better established in the roles while paying affordable rent rates. This has been particularly helpful to one of our new staff, Vanessa, who was in a pinch to find new housing by August. She now has a nice, safe, and affordable place to call home!
One of the best ways to support Open Door Ministries is to financially support of our staff. If you feel led to give, take a look at our staff page to take the next steps in supporting our awesome team of ODM employees at odmdenver.org/meet-staff.
Golf with ODM on August 19th
The 15th Annual ODM Golf Tournament is quickly approaching and foursomes and sponsorships are filling up! We’d love for you to join us as we enjoy a round of golf at Pinehurst Country Club and support the life-changing work that is happening at Open Door Ministries.
Monday, August 19th, 2019
Pinehurst Country Club
6255 W Quincy Ave, Denver, CO 80235
$200/Golfer | $750/Foursome
Gather your foursome and enjoy golfing at a private Denver club, including a golf cannon, putting competitions, free swag, prizes, and more! Want to make it a business outing? Sponsorships are available starting at $1,000.
Sign up today or learn more about sponsorships at odmdenver.org/events.
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