Opening Doors of Faith, Hope & Opportunity

The following organization in the Columbus, GA area provides families and individuals with support and resources that help promote self-sufficiency.

Open Door Community House, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that serves Columbus area residents by offering a variety of programs with the single purpose of empowering underprivileged people so they can achieve their full potential. Open Door Community Center has opened its heart and its doors to help women, families and children in need by providing outlets for them to connect with area service agencies, obtain basic necessities, gain beneficial skills, and grow spiritually.  Some of the many programs and services offered by Open Door Community Center include the following:

Open Door Institute – The Open Door Institute is an exciting new initiative, which offers POWER classes focused on the subjects of self, career, and spiritual development. The Open Door Institute hosts basic computer classes, stress management classes, andfather and son GED prep. They also present a fourteen week program for homeless or impoverished men and women that teach them culinary arts and life skills.

The Showering Program – Probably the most expansive outreach ministry offered by The Open Door Community House, The Showering Program for the Homeless serves up to 600 different participants each year. This program is a unique ministry where unsheltered homeless individuals are offered a place to shower, a change of clothing, a nutritious breakfast, hygiene items, barber services and a place to do laundry.  In addition to fulfilling those basic needs, participants can elect to participate in job search seminars, basic computer classes and health related education opportunities.

Community Case Management Program – Judging from the amount of services included in the programs mentioned above, it is no surprise that Open Door Community House’s Case Management Program offers a multitude of resources for women in crisis, homeless individuals or families, and those struggling with poverty.  The Community Case Management Program tackles issues to help their clients receive assistance with rental deposits, first month’s rent, household necessities, counseling through the Pastoral Institute, job search, medical services, and assistance with the cost of childcare and education.

Open Door’s Transition Home for Women – Open Door's Transition Home for Women in Crisis is the oldest transitional housing program the Columbus area.  A structured and safe environment is provided to adult homeless women for up to two years if they maintain employment, are looking for employment, attend school, or are participating in the Community Case Management Program.

Golden Agers – Golden Agers is a popular weekly program for senior citizens to come eat, fellowship, and have fun--all while nourishing their spirit.  Held typically on Mondays, Golden Agers offers those participating in the program not only food and entertainment, but also preventative health screening and advocacy services.  Transportation is available to those who need it.

For more information about Open Door Community House or to receive assistance, call 706-323-5518 or visit them on the web at http://www.odch.org/ .

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