Open Door Mission, Rochester, NY – July 2021

July News & Updates

Thank you for taking the time to read our monthly e-newsletter that communicates Mission news, updates, prayer requests, needs, events and success stories.

Thursday, September 30, 2021
7:00-9:00 A.M.
Locust Hill Country Club
2000 Jefferson Road, Pittsford, NY
Please join us for a morning to honor our everyday heroes who have made an impactful difference in the lives of the homeless in the Rochester community. Guests will have the opportunity to hear about our programs and our exciting future plans at the Open Door Mission.
CLICK HERE for tickets and sponsorship opportunities.
For more information, please contact Kate Munzinger, Director of Development, at kmunzinger@opendoormission.com or call (585) 645-0704.

Mission Job Opportunities

  • Shelter Case Aid – Part Time (Samaritan House)
  • Women & Children’s Case Aid – Full Time (Coldwater House)
  • Grant Coordinator – Full Time (Caring Center)
For serious consideration of any posted job description, each applicant is required to complete an Application for Employment and General Questionnaire.
Each of the documents can be sent to Human Resources at hr@opendoormission.com
Fax: 585-454-2092
Mailed/Drop Off In Person: 156 North Plymouth Avenue, Rochester, NY 14608

Clothing Room Re-opening (Volunteers Needed)

For many years, Open Door Mission has traditionally had a clothing room which operated as a shop for those who needed clothes. In March of 2020, as a result of the pandemic, we made the difficult decision to close the clothing room and turn our clothing operation to a grab and go style.
In August, we would like to re-open but we need your help! We are looking for groups of volunteers (up to 6 people a shift) to help us operate the clothing room. Job responsibilities include: sorting, hanging, concierge services and assisting those in need. The shifts that need to be filled any weekday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Our hope and prayer is that we can get the clothing room back up and running, so families can stock up for back to school needs.  If you or your community group can help, please contact our Volunteer Manager, Shawn Baldwin, at volunteer@opendoormission.com.

Volunteer Service Opportunities

Visit our website and register as an individual or group today. We’ll be sure to follow up when we receive your inquiry.
Please note that volunteer service has reopened in a limited capacity, so we ask that you register for an opportunity to serve.

Children’s Clothing & School Supplies Collection Drive

It’s not too early to start thinking about the need for back to school clothing and supplies to help support hurting families.
Please consider donating gently used children’s clothes and footwear along with school supplies to the Mission so we can give children a fighting chance with their learning.

Current Needs List

Going shopping this week? Please take a look at our current needs list and consider buying a few items from our Amazon
If you’re shopping for yourself then please consider shopping at AmazonSmile.com where a percentage of your purchasing dollars go to support the Mission.

2020 Annual Report

“Hope Lives” Radio Program
For the latest information effecting our communities homeless population and how Open Door Mission is addressing key issues your invited to tune in every third Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm on WYSL Radio 1040AM, 95.5FM, 92.1FM.
CLICK HERE to listen to past programs.
Business Sponsorship Opportunities Available!
Call Chris Scribani at (585) 325-3243 for more details.

What To Pray For

1. Pray for the salvation and restoration of all those we serve with emergency shelter, food, clothes, addiction recovery, transitional housing, life skills and job readiness programs.
2. Pray for peace and good health to all of our shelter guests, program residents, staff and their families.
3. Pray for the families that just came into the Coldwater House and for those who recently moved out into their own permanent housing.
4. Pray for continued success for the men who recently graduated from our addiction recovery program and for those just entering the program.
5. Pray for the necessary resources to maintain our daily expenses.

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Open Door Mission – September 2020

September News & Updates

Thank you for taking the time to read our monthly e-newsletter that communicates Mission news, updates, prayer requests, needs, events and success stories.

Keeping the Mission Safe & Healthy  


As we are entering the seventh month of disciplined practices related to the Coronavirus pandemic to ensure safety throughout the organization we want to thank all of our donors and volunteers as you have faithfully supported the work that’s changing lives. Of course, many are still unsure what will transpire over the fall and winter months with COVID-19 cases, but the Mission is fully committed to the task of keeping our homeless community as safe as possible. Thank you for your ongoing prayers and gifts of support.

Addiction Recovery Program Spotlight

Our most recent graduation ceremony of four men in our addiction recovery program took place this past July. (left to right) Devin, Chris Ernie and Simoeon have completed the Mission’s year long program and our now preparing to leave the nest and start a new life in Christ.

Volunteer Service Opportunities

We are currently seeking volunteers to give of their weekday time to support our emergency clothing program and fundraising department at our Caring Center facility.
Visit our website and register as an individual or group today. We’ll be sure to follow up when we receive your inquiry.

https://opendoormission.com/volunteer

Job Openings

  • Program Manager for Women’s & Children’s Transitional Housing (Full Time) Now welcoming candidates to apply who have a background in community services or case management.
  • Case Manager for Emergency Shelter (Part Tim
  • e) – Previous experience in residential or shelter environments helpful.

https://opendoormission.com/job-opportunities

Dollar-A-Dove Decal Campaign

Here’s a great way to support Open Door Mission programs and services during the holiday season.
Sell our Mission Dove Decals for a $1.00 donation in your business, church or organization and then put them on display on a wall, door or bulletin board showing your support of the Mission.
Contact Chris at cscribani@opendoormission.com for more information

What To Pray For

1. Pray for the salvation and restoration of all those we serve with emergency shelter, food, clothes, addiction recovery, transitional housing, life skills and job readiness programs.
2. Pray for peace and health to all of our staff and their families.
3. Pray for the families that just came into the Coldwater House and for those who recently moved out into their own permanent housing.
4. Pray for continued success for the men who recently graduated from our addiction recovery program and for those just entering the program.
5. Pray for the necessary resources to maintain our daily expenses.

 

 

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.
Gratefully,
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

Open Door Mission – March 2020

March News & Updates

Homeless Prevention Program Spotlight

Deborah and her two young sons were one of the first residents at the Coldwater House Women & Children’s facility when the doors opened in Aug/2018. She worked hard to obtain her driver’s license, become a leader in the Parent Leadership Institute, and pursue her goals of becoming a hairdresser. She was able to secure her own place in late Oct., but needed some assistance with the security deposit and first months’ rent. The Homeless Prevention Program helped her and her sons get into their own place, by paying her move in fees of $1,300.

Event Calendar

Save the date for the Open Door Mission 20th Annual Golf Classic scheduled for Monday, May 18th at Midvale Country Club.

Shot Gun Start 11:00am followed by a delicious sit-down steak dinner and lots of fun with various surprise guests.

DON’T WAIT! Register as a player and or sponsor today.

Volunteer Service Opportunities

If you’re looking for a 2020 team building service project for your church, school or business consider serving a hot breakfast meal at our Samaritan House Emergency & Transitional Shelter.

Visit our website and register as an individual or group today. We’ll be sure to follow up when we receive your inquiry.

Click HERE to send a volunteer inquiry!

Furniture Needed

We always have a need for gently used furniture for families who we supported at Coldwater House and just recently moved into permanent housing. Can you help us? If so, call Shawn Baldwin at (585) 325-3256 of email sbaldwin@opendoormission.com

Employment Opportunities

Case Worker (Program Aid) – We always welcoming candidates to apply who have a background in community services or case management.

Evening Supervisor (Full Time) – Coldwater House for Women & Children. Previous experience in residential or shelter environments helpful.

Click HERE to view more details of all these job descriptions!

Current Needs List

Going shopping this week? Please take a look at our current needs list and consider buying a few items from our Amazon

“WishList”.

If you’re shopping for yourself then please consider shopping at AmazonSmile.com where a percentage of your purchasing dollars go to support the Mission.

What To Pray For

1. Pray for the salvation and restoration of all those we serve with emergency shelter, food, clothes, addiction recovery, transitional housing, life skills and job readiness programs.

2. Pray for peace and health to all of our staff and their families.

3. Pray for the families that just came into the Coldwater House and for those who recently moved out into their own permanent housing.

4. Pray for continued success for the men who recently graduated from our addiction recovery program and for those just entering the program.

5. Pray for the necessary resources to maintain our daily expenses.

Open Door Mission | 156 N. Plymouth Avenue, Rochester, NY 14608