Volunteering at Open Door Mission

“What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.” ~ Aristotle

Would you like to lend a hand and your time helping out others? Are you retired, in between jobs, or maybe home from college and have some time to pitch in and help out? Maybe you have a group seeking a volunteer opportunity? We would love to meet you, visit with you and share with you Volunteer Opportunities here at the Open Door Mission that just might fit your passion, desire for service and your schedule.

Questions about volunteering at the Open Door Mission? Please contact:

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

Open Door Mission of Houston

Seeking adult men over age 21 to coach, guide, advocate and hopefully become a friend to a resident enrolled in the Mission’s Doorway Program. Mentors are needed for each man in the program.

Requirements

  • 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 21 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.

Requirements

  • 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 mornings from 9:30 am – 11:30 am or both.

Alcoholics Anonymous – Seeking adult men over age 21 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 (Meeting Only) 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.

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Our adult educational program seeks talented, experienced Tutors in all subject areas for students seeking beginner reading, GED, College, and refresh education. Tutors work with individual students one-on-one, though we occasionally organize group activities for students who are studying the same material.

Open Door Mission covers all costs associated with taking the GED to eligible students. All students are assessed on entry and exit, providing valuable information to tutors regarding student needs.

Currently, we are seeking tutors available Monday thru Friday during the hours of 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM. If you are interested, please submit a volunteer application, and we will get back to you.

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Potential volunteer opportunities Sunday – Saturday for individuals, men, women, families and youth groups to assist in preparing and serving meals to the men at the Mission. The Mission prepares and serves over 350+ meals per day. We welcome volunteer teams from churches and businesses to plan and prepare a meal either on our campus or offsite to be served at the Mission. We have several BBQ grills and smokers on our property available for use by volunteers.

Especially needed are Volunteer Teams Saturday mornings from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm to assist with our Noon Time lunch. Every Saturday morning all our men in residence are in a required Celebrate Recovery Program from 9 am – 11:40 am, creating a needed opportunity for Volunteers and/or Volunteer Teams to assist our Mission Chef with prepping, preparing, staging and serving the Noon Lunch after our residents finish their Saturday morning Celebrate Recovery Program. Your group may consider volunteering once a year, once a quarter or once a month. Please call to get on our calendar. We would love to host you and/or your volunteer team.

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.

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

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

Committees:

  • 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 it to info@odmhouston.org.

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Young 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. If you are interested in getting involved with the Open Door Mission Young Professionals Volunteer Group please fill out the individual volunteer application and email to info@odmhouston.org

Make it a special day with Notes of Encouragement! We all love cards and special greetings. But our residents usually do not receive mail that is positive and uplifting. Your notes will be placed on resident bunk beds to bless, uplift and raise the self-esteem of those who are struggling with addiction.

You can use any type of card you prefer. Plain cardstock cut into fourths works great. Organizations are welcome to use cards that contain the organization’s logo. You can simply pen a note or decorate the cards with markers, colored pencils and/or stickers. In other words, volunteers can unleash their compassion and creativity!

Notes can be all occasion or seasonal, but should not contain any personal information, such as names or phone numbers. When it’s time for delivery, we can usually arrange a tour with enough advance notice. Or, notes can be mailed to Volunteer Services, Open Door Mission – 5803 Harrisburg Blvd., Houston, TX 77011.

“And greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father.” ~ John 14:12

Oswald Chambers writes that; “Prayer does not fit us for the greater works; prayer is the greater work. We think of prayer as a commonsense exercise of our higher powers in order to prepare us for God’s work. In the teaching of Jesus Christ prayer is the working of the miracle of Redemption in me which produces the miracle of Redemption in others by the power of God. The way fruit remains is by prayer, but remember it is prayer based on the agony of Redemption, not on my agony. Only a child gets prayer answered; a wise man does not.”

We welcome Volunteers to pray for the Open Door Mission and the Men who have the courage to walk through our front door asking for help

Would you like to engage other community members in Open Door Mission while helping the men we serve? Hosting a donation drive is a wonderful way to create community awareness and participation in our Mission while meeting the very real needs of those less fortunate. The best part about this opportunity is that it is done at your convenience and your location.

The most successful donation drives focus on only one or two items. To view our urgent needs list as well as our accepted donations, please visit this page

Volunteers are needed to provide hygiene kits, which meet the most basic needs of our men. There is no minimum or maximum number of hygiene kits we will accept – we are grateful for each kit and the volunteer who made it.

Questions, thoughts, and ideas are welcomed !! Please contact

Provides administration and record keeping support. Tasks include answering phones, greeting clients, data entry, create, copy, and fold brochures and bulk mailings, thanking donors and other administrative tasks assigned by the Director of Administration. The commitment is 3 to 4 hours per week.

Questions, thoughts, and ideas are welcomed! Please contact

Whether you’re a student needing volunteer hours, a kind-hearted citizen who enjoys volunteering at events or a corporate neighbor who prides yourself on giving back to the community, we have a role for you! Open Door Mission seeks individuals and groups to assist with our Development and Events Coordinator with our Gala, Talent Show, Houston Marathon, Annual Toys 4 Kids Drive, etc. Our volunteer opportunities include a variety of tasks that require outstanding customer service.

Questions, thoughts, and ideas are welcomed! Please contact

Behind-the-scenes and not at all glamorous, but essential to getting donated items into the hands of our residents.

Questions, thoughts, and ideas are welcomed! Please contact

Maintenance volunteers help maintain the grounds and buildings. Assists in keeping buildings and grounds clean, neat and in good repair, assist with major and minor construction projects, assists with landscaping, and assists with maintenance of Mission vehicles and equipment.

Questions, thoughts, and ideas are welcomed! Please contact

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.