Volunteering at Open Door Mission

Do you have a special skill? Are you home from college or are retired and have time to help others? Let us help design a volunteer opportunity to fit your passion and schedule. If you have a small group or large group seeking a volunteer opportunity, let us help you design that project. Questions about volunteering at Open Door Mission? Please contact Bill White at 832-962-4236 or bwhite@opendoorhouston.org

Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals, Men’s and Women’s Groups, Businesses and Churches

Open Door Mission of Houston

Seeking adult men over age 18 to coach, guide, advocate and hopefully become a friend to a student enrolled in one of the Mission’s programs. Mentors are needed for each student in the program.


  • A completed mentor application and short on-site orientation
  • One hour of face-to-face contact with your Open Door Mentee once a week with additional phone and electronic communication as the relationship progresses. Flex schedules are fine.
  • A year-long commitment which will hopefully lead to a life-long friendship
14-91HOUCelebrate Recovery and AA are vital components of the recovery process. Sponsors are needed for each student in the program.

Celebrate Recovery – Seeking adult men over age 18 who have completed a CR step study group, have maintained one year of constant sobriety/abstinence and who have preferably completed a Celebrate Recovery Training program. Training can take place on-site by participating as a co-facilitator.


  • A completed CR application
  • A commitment to facilitate a step study class Thursday’s from 7-8pm and/or
  • A commitment to facilitate a small open share group on Saturday’s from 9:30-11:30, or both.

Alcoholics Anonymous – Seeking adult men over age 18 who are in AA recovery themselves with at least one year of constant sobriety/abstinence. Meetings are on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7-8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 5:30-6:30 pm followed by process group session to 8:30 pm.

If you can give your time and talent to help another in need please contact Sammy Freeman at 832-962-4243.

14-91HOUAvailable to men and women for one-on-one tutoring for those men needing supplemental instruction for the GED test and/or areas of difficulty for any student working to improve himself.
Assistance is needed Monday – Friday 8:00 am-10:00 am.

If you have a love of learning please consider volunteering and contact Kendrick Kitchens
at 832-962-4247.

14-91HOUAvailable to men, women and children to assist preparing and serving meals to the men at the Mission
The Mission prepares and serves over 350 meals per day.

We welcome groups, businesses, churches to plan and prepare a meal either on campus or offsite and serve at the Mission. We have several BBQ grills and smokers.

Assistance is needed Monday – Sunday 7:00 am – 5:00pm. We ask that volunteers commit to a three hour shift.

Especially needed is group kitchen help on Saturday mornings from 9:00 am through lunch. All of the men in residence are in Celebrate Recovery and our kitchen crew must attend that class leaving the kitchen open for small groups-usually 8 to 10 men and or women can help to prepare the noon lunch when the men finish Celebrate Recovery. Your group may want to do it once a year, once a quarter, once a month. Please call to get on our calendar.

ODM-Alumni_smallThe Alumni Association is a group of past graduates who have pledged to live a completely sober life. We vow to regularly return to the Mission and work with the staff to provide the residents leadership, guidance, and support.

Our Mission is to:

  • Inspire, encourage, motivate and mentor students at the Open Door Mission.
  • Give back to the Open Door Mission and surrounding communities through volunteerism and donations.
  • Uplift and support all graduates in their quest for sobriety and assist in the development of a relationship with Christ.

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Phil. 2:4)

Upcoming Events:


  • Officers:

President – Rolando Flores

Vice President – Troy Vaughn


  • Website – Charles Dotson and Leon Higgins
  • Outreach – Gregory Johnson and Ernest Dorsey
  • Events – Nillie Hadknot
  • Fundraising – Open

If you are a graduate of the DoorWay Recovery Program and would like to give back to the Mission please fill out the individual volunteer application and email to info@odmhouston.org.

YP_smallYoung Professionals Group: “We exist to invite young professionals into Open Door Mission’s vision and work through social service opportunities to promote and serve the Mission’s needs.”  The men and women who make up the YP group come from all different professions and churches throughout Houston but are bonded by the desire to help others and give back to the community.

The YP’s generally meets the third Saturday on the month from 9:00 am-1:00 pm to help prepare, serve and clean-up for the 150 at the noon meal. The group provides the meat brisket or chicken for the meal. The group will additionally meet right after DoorWay Graduation the third Thursday of the month in the Mission Chapel

The cost to join is $100 per year or $25 per quarter.  A fee of $50 is due at the the  May 12th meeting. Membership dues help fund future YP/ODM events.

Upcoming events:

Chili Cook Off – On Saturday, April 30th  from 1-3 pm join the YP’s for some great tasting chili and cast your vote.   Location: The Bridge Montrose Office (1210 W Clay St Suite 23 Houston, TX)  Winner: The winning group will have their recipe used for the second annual ODM Chili Cook-Off on October 15, 2016.

Monthly Lunch at the Mission – Join the YP’s on Saturday, July 23, 2016 to help prepare a brisket and feed the men of the Mission.

Young Professional Board Meetings – The second Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.

  • July 14
  • August 11
  • September 8
  • October 13
  • November 10
  • December 8

If you are interested in becoming involved with the Young Professionals Group, please fill out an individual volunteer application and email to info@odmhouston.org. For questions, please contact, Mike Marando at mike.marando@braskem.com or Jill Konieczny at jill.lucina@gmail.com

Needs of the Mission

Open Door Mission continually seeks and is grateful for, prayers from those in our church and volunteer communities. In addition to spiritual needs, the Mission is very appreciative of any in-kind donations and financial contributions. Please see our current needs list located on the donation tab of the website.

Guidelines for Volunteers

Our mission is to serve those in need in our community to the best of our ability. We want to be good stewards of donations with which we have been blessed whether in-kind, financial, or a volunteer’s time. It is the Mission’s hope and desire that your volunteer experience be fun and educational. Foremost it must be safe. Watch your personal property. It is best to put any valuables in the trunk of your vehicle.

We thank you for the time you give to us and ask that you comply with the following guidelines:

  1. Please make sure you have completed an online volunteer application.
  2. Please sign –in and out after every volunteer shift and enter and exit through the front gate entrance.
  3. Park only in designated parking spots and do not block gate entrance.
  4. Scheduling volunteer hours are arranged with the Mission Volunteer Coordinator/Ministry Connector. Please remember that your scheduled hours are allotted to you, therefore please arrive on time or call to let us know you will be late or not coming.
  5. We require that all volunteers under age 18 be supervised by a parent, guardian or responsible adult from the volunteering church, school or organization. We respectfully ask that one chaperone accompany every five volunteers under the age of 18.
  6. Do not ever find yourself to be alone with a resident of the Mission at any time. Always work with a “buddy”.
  7. Please be sure to wear proper attire. Shirts should have no offensive words, art, advertisements, etc. on them. No low cut tops, tight clothing, tank tops, muscle shirts; pants need to be worn at the waist, not sagging. Be sure that the body is covered appropriately. If you are questioning yourself whether your clothing is appropriate or not, don’t wear it. Select something that you know is appropriate. Closed toe footwear must be worn. No flip-flops or sandals. If you are assigned to work in the kitchen area you will be required to wear a hat, baseball cap, are fine, or you will be given a hairnet to wear.
  8. Cell phones are not to be used during volunteer work hours. Do not give your cell phone to any resident to use if asked.
  9. We ask you to treat residents, staff, and fellow volunteers with respect. If any issues arise during your volunteer shift please contact the manager or supervisor of your department to which you are assigned or to a staff member.
  10. Please report anything said or done (by anybody) that you consider being inappropriate to your group leader/chaperone who should, in turn, report the incident to a staff member immediately. Do not wait until the next day. It must be reported immediately. Also, stop incidents before they start.