Open Door Mission – Rochester, NY April 2020


 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every
situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6, NIV
(COVID-19 Update – April 24, 2020)
An Update from Anna’s Desk
Your Help is Needed More Than Ever!
Dear Mission Friends,
During these challenging weeks and months of COVID-19, your prayers and support are especially needed. Many organizations including ourselves have had to make adjustments never done before, but our commitment is the same and that’s to care for our homeless neighbors, who are particularly vulnerable to the outbreak and need care now more than ever.
Many of these folks are already suffering from chronic health conditions. Making matters worse, they have difficulty accessing basic sanitation, which puts them at further risk of COVID-19 and other deadly viruses. We’re working hard to provide food items and hygiene supplies – and to educate them about how they can protect themselves and prevent the spread of germs. But we need your help.
The impact of the virus on the economy has caused giving to the Mission to drop dramatically since March. Please send whatever you can today to help make up the shortfall and care for suffering men, women and children who are precious in God’s sight.
Anna Valeria-Iseman
Executive Director                      
Open Door Mission
P.S. Growing our community at this time is crucial to our organization. Please consider forwarding this message to family and friends. We’d really appreciate it!
Family Saved From Homelessness!
Nancy has three children that was staying at Coldwater House. She moved into permanent housing in February. In early March, we realized that her rent exceeded the fair market rent that HUD would allow us to pay for…so we were forced to start looking for another apartment for her.
Trying to find housing in the midst of a pandemic proved to be futile. After exhausting every housing option, we found ourselves with no place to move her to. She had already paid the break lease fee, and was nearing the end of her time in the rental unit. Needless to say, Nancy was very fearful and stressed about her living situation.
Once she ran out of housing options, and realized we wouldn’t be able to move her, the Mission reached out to the landlord and asked if she would be willing to negotiate a new lease; allowing Nancy’s family to get through this pandemic safely in her home.
After a few days of thinking it through, the landlord gracefully offered a new lease through the summer, and lowered the amount of rent by $500 a month. The landlord stated that she just wouldn’t feel right seeing a family homeless again, attempting to find suitable housing, while there is a global pandemic happening.
Nancy and her children were extremely relieved and thankful to say the least, to not be forced to move in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. They are all safe, sound and healthy.
Open Door Mission 20th Annual Golf Classic is now a 2020 season long event.
Register before June 1st and play anytime before Labor Day!
Open Door Mission | 156 N. Plymouth Avenue, Rochester, NY 14608