open door news
Meet willa, esther House resident
june 6th, 2019
We love taking the time to celebrate with our Still Waters ladies when we see God working in amazing ways! Willa came to Esther House as a single expectant mother. She had been a victim of abuse at every level, including human trafficking. Here are some words directly from Willa:
“I didn’t know what I was going to do when I got pregnant. I was scared and honestly didn’t know if I had it in me. Everybody else told me I didn’t. But my firm belief is that God didn’t believe what they believed. He gave me my baby because he believed something better for me. And now I’ve bought into that truth. I’m really lucky. I’m loved. I wake up every day knowing that everyone around me loves me and values me as a person. It’s God’s way of helping me grow and I’ll just let him do what he’s doing because he’s doing a really good job at it.”
Our Still Waters Housing staff threw Willa a huge baby shower to welcome her little guy into the world. Willa has also been participating in our job training program, Open Door to Success. We gathered together yesterday for a prayer commissioning - a time to pray over Willa before the arrival of her son and the start of her future plans. She is enrolled to start classes at the Community College of Denver to study CNC Machine Programing. We are excited to see what God will continue to do in and through Willa’s life!
RFTD5K Procrastinator’s Sale!
We’re two days away from our favorite day of the summer… that is, Run for the Door 5K! We’re coming together as a community to raise funds and awareness for Open Door Ministries as we address the root causes of poverty in urban Denver and you can STILL join us!
10th Annual Run for the Door 5K
Saturday, June 1st, Cheesman Park, 8:30 AM
$35 Adults | $25 Kiddos | $100 for Families of 4+
Since it’s our 10th Annual run, TODAY ONLY we’re offering 10% OFF all registrations. For all you procrastinators out there, use code TAKE10 to save on your run registration at runforthedoor.org.
Not only will you be able to support Open Door Ministries, but you’ll be able to kick off your summer with:
A beautiful morning walking/running in Cheesman Park
Pancakes from Flippin’ Flapjacks
Inflatable obstacle course and bounce house
Caffeinated beverages from Dirt Coffee
Banomanom Ice Cream
Prizes for fastest runners, strollers, dogs, & best costumes
A chance to make an impact in your community!
Online registration closes at midnight on Friday, but you can still sign up on the spot in Cheesman on Saturday. Can’t wait to see you there!
Construction has begun at Te Veo!
May 7th, 2019
After two years of planning and dreaming, Te Veo House is finally under construction!
Open Door is partnering with Project I See You to create this new program which will be a transitional house for women coming out of homelessness and crisis. Instead of purchasing a new building, we have chosen to convert our existing 1520 Marion Street home (previously known as Antioch House) into Te Veo House.
Turner Construction has generously donated all the manpower to make this project happen. They will convert the existing space into a home for 16 women, complete with a new kitchen. We are so grateful for Turner and their willingness to join in the mission of serving the Denver community in a much-needed way.
We are now in the final stages of hiring a Te Veo House Director and are excited to build a solid team of people to run the day to day operations of the program. Would you consider giving a donation today to support this new venture as we seek to reach women in Denver with the hope of Christ?
Remembering the Life of David Wyatt
May 2nd, 2019
Dear Friends of ODM,
In 2017 David Wyatt joined the ODM community as a Street2Life employee. David had been released from prison and living in a halfway house near ODM. Over time, David became very involved volunteering in the Family Room and living in ODM housing. As he continued to grow in his faith in Christ and his work skills, Street2Life hired him on as Print Shop Manager.
This past Saturday we learned that David suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. We are each grieving his loss and remembering the meaningful impact he had on many of our staff members’ lives. We will be hosting a memorial service for David this coming Saturday, May 4th, at 1:00 PM at Open Door Fellowship (1567 Marion Street). All are welcome to join as we celebrate his life!
Last year 9News did a special on David’s story. You can watch that by clicking here.
In the midst of the loss, we find encouragement that David knew Jesus as his Lord and Savior. His joy and servant’s heart will be long remembered by the Open Door community.
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