Founded in 1954 as a Gospel Rescue Mission, the Omaha Open Door Mission strives to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
Every night, approximately 2,000 men, women and children in Omaha are homeless. Each day, Open Door Mission provides 400 men, women and children in Omaha with safe shelter beds.
We serve more than 1,700 hot, nutritious meals daily, and we provide preventive measures to more than 250 families living in poverty.
Open Door Mission FAQ
Q: Why are people homeless?
A: Lack of safe, affordable housing; Lack of education, resulting in the inability to earn a livable wage; Lack of Life skills; Mental illness; Domestic violence; Life altering addictions; Welfare reform; Lack of health care.
Q: Do the children at Lydia House attend school and if so, where?
A: Open Door Mission partners with Omaha Public School System to maintain a sense of stability in helping children attend the same school they were prior to the family becoming homeless. Open Door Mission offers many after school programs.
Q: What services do you provide?
A: Emergency Services: Safe shelter; Hot, nutritious meals; Clothing and other basic needs. Life-Changing Programs: Bible-based 12-step residential program; Money management; Job training; Education skills; Life skills and case management.
Q: Where does your funding come from?
A: More than 85% of Open Door Mission’s donations come from generous individuals in the Heartland. The remainder of the general fund is supported by churches, businesses and foundations.
Q: How can I help?
A: Encourage your business or church to do a drive. Volunteer – Your time changes lives. Support Open Door Mission financially. Check out opendoormission.org for a list of current needs or to assist in the above areas.