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Faith in Action

The Invisible Path

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The Open Door • Open Door Mission

To meet the basic physical needs of the hungry and homeless, Open Door Mission’s Day Facility Services provide free transportation from the downtown area to Open Door Mission and Lydia House. Open Door Mission offers life-changing programs for those recovering from life-altering addictions and abuse to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Did you know that homeless children suffer more physically with their health than children with permanent housing? Without access to adequate healthcare and nutrition, homeless children must attend school when they do not feel well which, unfortunately, can be much of the time.

Homeless children have very high rates of acute illness, with half suffering from two or more symptoms during a single month (The Better Homes Fund).

Homeless children have twice as many ear infections, five times more diarrhea and stomach problems, and six times as many speech and stammering problems (The Better Homes Fund).

Homelessness definitely has an effect on how homeless children perform in school.

Poor nutrition contributes to homeless children’s poor health causing increased rates of stunted growth and anemia.

25% of children in Nebraska do not know where they will get their next meal.

33% of low income children do not get 3 nutritious meals daily.

Open Door Mission offers a piece to the puzzle that provides a solution to hunger with the Kids Café Program. This program is an extension of the Children and Youth Department and provides free meals and snacks to hungry and homeless low income children. In addition to the hot, nutritious meal – the Kids Café Program offers a safe place, supervision of trustworthy staff, educational, recreational and social activities. This directly benefits children in our community, right here and right now. Kids Cafe is a great volunteer opportunity for you, your family, church or group.

Open Door Mission has been preparing for the cold and hard winter and is expecting to serve more than, 107,000 holiday meals. More than 5,000 Turkey ‘N’ Fixins boxes to low income families, empowering them to have Thanksgiving dinner in their own homes. Project Santa will provide 6,000 children with gifts under the tree, and Adopt A Family will provide more than 600 homeless men, women, and children with Christmas. Please visit www.opendoormission.org for more Holiday Opportunities – because no matter your age, YOU can make a different – your Time Changes Lives.


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