OpenDoorMinistries’ primary objective is to move people toward self-sufficiency by helping change the circumstances and life patterns that have held them captive to poverty and addictions. They focus on tangible needs like food, shelter, access to education and employment training, as well as intangible needs such as friendship, hope, and Christian spiritual guidance.
The Family Room
The Family Room is a place where people in the ODM community can fellowship and where the homeless can more easily access resources and facilities and get a brief reprieve from being out on the streets all day. They are able to use the restroom, rest a while, and drink a cup of coffee. They always have two receptionists on duty to assist people who are looking for resources such as housing or food. Volunteers are welcome to visit with the homeless, share the Gospel, and help maintain the space. Another key part of the Family Room is empowering people in our community to give back. As a part of our Very Important Volunteer program, several people volunteer on a regular basis to keep the Family Room in good shape. They wipe down windows, mop the floor, put on a fresh pot of coffee, and make sure things stay tidy. The Family Room is also largely dependent upon donations to keep it supplied. You can bring donated items to FBC.
- Coffee (Approximately 180 Cups/day x avg. 20 days/month = 3,600)
- Tea (Green teas, fruit-flavored teas, regular Lipton black tea, etc., 40 cups/day x 20 days/mo. = 800 cups)
- Creamer (Dairy and nondairy) 8 extra-large containers/month
- Sugar (25 1bs/month)
- Splenda, Equal (1,000 packets/month)
- Pastries, granola bars, fresh fruit, etc.
- Plastic silverware, mostly spoons, 250/month
- Stir Sticks, wooden or plastic style are fine 4,400/month
- Napkins, about 600/week x 4 weeks, 2,400/month
- 6 or 8 oz. Coffee Cups (cups sold by case at Costco or Sams our cheapest option)
- Interior and exterior painting, repair of front and back patios, gardening and landscaping, cleaning windows/screens, exterminator to take care of wasp problem, redecorating rooms, sanding/staining banister, sanding/staining wood floors, “Adopt a Room” – get a room ready for a new resident, food bank pickup once every two months, carpet cleaning
- Babysitters needed, bring a meal and eat with residents, provide food for a spring/summer BBQ, give a presentation on your job in the workforce, provide new books and read to kids, tutor women who are behind in reading/writing or seeking their GED, assist the Directors with day-to-day tasks, assist with administrative tasks.
- General yard maintenance, painting fences, sheds, and porches, interior painting, replacing or cleaning carpet, spring cleaning
- Bring a meal and eat with residents, join us for Bible Study on Thursdays, mentor a resident (men only)
- Spring Cleaning, landscaping, building a new concrete porch in back of house, drywall repair assistance, sanding/staining wood floors, carpet cleaning
- Take the men on a trip – Rockies game, fishing, etc., join the men for dinner and fellowship, lead a “Practical Living Study” (about finances, relationship building, conflict management, etc.)
- General cleaning of youth room and vans, deep cleaning of kitchen and bathrooms, deep cleaning of toys in preschool, replacement of sand in sandbox, power washing the playground, sanding and staining shelves, replacing carpet and/or laminate flooring
- Hang out with a student during free time, tutor or mentor a student, provide transportation for students to/from youth group, join us for summer field trips and help provide transportation, teach an enrichment class (photography, computers, outdoor safety, etc.), provide dinner for Wednesday night youth group (one year commitment required), babysit once a month for childcare so parents have the night off
- Print Your Own T-Shirt! or hand out Street2Life flyers in downtown Denver or assist with design work (skilled volunteer)
- Participate in outreach to homeless (one or two adults at a time), purchase, prepare, and serve a meal on Sunday afternoons, be an employment coach to help a S2L employee find future employment, hire a S2L employee to work at your business!
- Weekly yard maintenance at Talitha Koum House
- Washing blankets for Women’s Housing Initiative one a quarter
Click here for a list of some of their other physical item needs. You can drop these off at Foothills Bible Church or coordinate with Open Door Ministries to make an item donation.
- Purchase, prepare, and serve a meal to people in need
- Be a part of our Faith Partnership Program – which begins with volunteering and leads to mentoring, lead class once a month on real life skills, assist members with shopping and errands, assist with field trips, participate in Tuesday Bible Study
Open Door to Success
- Provide breakfast for students before class, provide lunch for students after class, teach basic computer skills, teach GED classes, be a prayer partner for an individual student, mentor a student for five weeks, be a part of an “Employer Round-Table” – share your job experiences with the class, teach a class, hire an ODS graduate!
- Join development team in coordinating fundraising events: 5K, Golf Tournament, Banquet, help stuff quarterly newsletter mailing, serve breakfast to the homeless on Saturday morning with JCOC (Jesus Christ our Church), set up cots for Women’s Homeless Initiative and spend time with the women on Sunday nights, stay overnight to assist with Women’s Homeless Initiative on Sunday nights