Open Door Ministries is a non-profit organization based in High Point, North Carolina. We are one of the primary organizations in the greater High Point community that provides immediate assistance in the areas of food, housing, and emergency financial assistance to low-income, indigent, and homeless persons.
2014 Community Homeless Dinner
Open Door Ministries of High Point hosted the 2014 Community Memorial Homeless Dinner on Thursday, December 18th. The annual event was held at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.
Over 300 homeless and sheltered men, women, and children gathered and enjoyed a warm meal in addition to taking part in a memorial service honoring the homeless individuals that have passed from our community this year. For some, this was the only memorial service that was held for them.
The Community Memorial Homeless Dinner is possible thanks to dozens of community organizations and individuals who come together to donate, prepare and serve a thanksgiving meal to the hungry and homeless. The event and its volunteers not only offered a warm meal but a place to gather in fellowship.
2014 Feast of Caring
The 5th Annual Feast of Caring, hosted by Open Door Ministries of High Point, was held November 13, 2015. This community event took place at the First Presbyterian Church.
The Feast of Caring will offer a variety of delicious soups and breads donated and prepared by dozens of local restaurants. The event also featured music and a showcase of handmade pottery donated by artists from all over North Carolina.
Ticket purchases and donations from the Feast of Caring go to support Open Door Ministries programs which include Emergency Services, Men’s Homeless Shelter, Arthur Cassell Transitional House and the Father's Table Food Kitchen, which provides over 120,000 meals a year to those in need in our community.
2014 CROP Hunger Walk
Open Door Ministries of High Point, in partnership with Church World Service (CWS) hosted the 31st Annual CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, September 28th, 2014.
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in High Point hosted this year’s event.
Donations from each walker has allowed Open Door Ministries to continue serving the less fortunate and homeless in the High Point community through programs like the Father’s Table which provides over 130,000 meals a year and a nonperishable food pantry that serves up to 200 families each month.
CROP Hunger Walks are community fundraising events sponsored by CWS, an international relief, development, and refugee resettlement agency. A portion of the money raised by CROP Hunger Walks nationwide is used by CWS to provide food, medical care, disaster relief, and self-help development for needy people around the world. The CROP Hunger walk recognizes that people from developing countries typically walk as much as 6 miles a day to get food, water and fuel. The walk’s purpose is to show solidarity with their struggle, internationally and locally.
Funds collected through the CROP Hunger Walk impact in our local community with 25% being directly distributed to Open Door Ministries of High Point.
Northstate Communications Donates to ODM Food Pantry
Representative Alma Adams visits ODM
Rep. Alma Adams and her family gathered at the Father's Table to serve a hot meal to those in need.
Former Arthur Cassell Transitional House Resident Receives “Car Blessing” From Wheels 4 Hope
Click Here to Watch Fox 8 News Coverage from the Event
Wheels4Hope is a faith-based, non-profit car donation program that turns donated cars into local blessings. They are located in the Triangle (greater Raleigh) and Triad (greater Greensboro) Areas of North Carolina. Their mission is to provide affordable, reliable transportation to low-wage families and individuals who are referred to them by their partner agencies. At the Blessing event on October 9th, 2014, there were 5 cars placed with families and individuals. One of these cars went to Johnny Armstrong, a former resident of the Arthur Cassell Transitional House program through Open Door Ministries. Johnny spoke to WGHP FOX 8 at the Blessing event about how this would give him the opportunity to be more independent and self-sufficient. Executive Director of Wheels 4 Hope, John Bush, stated “in most cases success in employment, education and affordable housing requires personal reliable transportation.” Johnny has succeeded in getting employment and his own apartment. The final step was to get the transportation, which came on Oct. 9th. Visit www.Wheels4Hope.org for more information.
Open Door Ministries Putt Putt Golf Tournament
The Open Door Ministries Putt Putt Golf Tournament was held on Tuesday, July 8th at the Putt Putt on North Main Street in High Point. This family event was well attended by the community which raised funds for Open Door Ministries mission to fight hunger and homelessness in High Point.
Arthur Cassell House Resident Changes Life - Graduates from the Triad Community Kitchen
Michael (bottom row, far right) at his Triad Community Kitchen graduation
Michael came to Open Door Ministries’ Arthur Cassell Transitional House in August 2013 due to a drug addiction that destroyed all of his relationships and caused him to lose everything he had. While at the Arthur Cassell House, he quickly adapted to the structure of the program and utilized the tools he was taught to live a drug –free life. Within a few months of successfully changing his life, he was referred to the culinary school at the Triad Community Kitchen of Second Harvest Food Bank.
Second Harvest Food bank’s Triad Community Kitchen (TCK) Culinary training is only one of it’s kind in Northwest NC. Under the direction of Chef Jeff Bacon, a certified Executive Chef, the program offers culinary training for underemployed, unemployed and homeless individuals. Students are referred by program partners Forsyth Technical Community College and Goodwill Industries. Each graduate receives a certificate of training endorsed by Forsyth Technical Community College and certification in ServSafe sanitation. Sessions last 14 weeks and then a one week internship to help ensure students are workplace ready.
After completing the courses at the Triad Community Kitchen, Michael obtained a job at the New York Butcher Shop in Greensboro.
On Memorial Day, the Wheels4Hope organization gifted four cars to deserving veterans working to rebuild their lives. Michael was one of the recipients.
Due to the staff and programs offered by Open Door Ministries, Second Harvest Food Bank and Wheels for Hope, Michael's future looks bright. He is now employed, has an apartment and a car. And he has been reunited with his family, who are very proud of what Michael has accomplished during the time that he was at the Arthur Cassell House.
Former homeless woman shares her story to help Open Door Ministries
Story Originally Appeared in the High Point Enterprise – Written by Jimmy Tomlin
Ironically, when times got hard for Medina Lewis, she and her teenage son left New Jersey and came to High Point looking for a new life. Within three months, she had that new life — one worse than she’d had in New Jersey — when she found herself jobless, homeless and bordering on hopeless.
“It was definitely hard,” Lewis recalls. “I mean, not really knowing the area — not knowing anything about High Point — it was really hard. I didn’t know what we were gonna do.”
What she did was get hooked up with Open Door Ministries — a nonprofit agency that provides food, housing and emergency financial assistance to those in need — and now her sob story is a success story. She has a home, she has a job, she has a future. And she has hope.
“I never received any help in New Jersey,” Lewis says. “If I wasn’t strung out on drugs or crazy out of my mind or being abused, I wasn’t gonna receive any help in New Jersey. I tried to secure some kind of help, but I didn’t fall under those guidelines, so I wasn’t getting any help. So coming to a new state and having people help me was huge.”
Lewis and two other individuals who have received assistance from Open Door Ministries shared their inspirational stories during Open Door’s annual Gala Celebration Dinner and Silent Auction.
Lewis’ story goes back to January 2013, when times had gotten hard for her in New Jersey. Her hours at work had been cut back significantly, and she couldn’t find another job. On the verge of losing her apartment, she agreed to move to High Point and live with her sister, Quazirah Mills, until she could find work down here and get settled. Her son, Tashaan, came with her, while her daughter, Mariyah, stayed with Lewis’ mom in New Jersey to finish out the school year.
“I didn’t see what else to do,” Lewis says, “so we came to High Point.”
As she searched for a job here, the living situation with her sister became increasingly difficult, and by April she and Tashaan were out on the street. She ended up at Leslie’s House, a West End Ministries shelter for single homeless women, while Tashaan — who was 18 at the time — stayed in the men’s shelter at Open Door Ministries.“I knew when I went to the shelter at Leslie’s House, I had no intention of staying there for a long time,” Lewis says. “What I needed was a job. In my first meeting, I explained that I’m new down here and don’t know a lot of people, but I’ve placed job applications and I just need some employment.”
In the meantime, she worked with Open Door Ministries and was able to get an apartment for her and Tashaan, after they’d spent about a month at the shelters. Shortly after she obtained housing, a temp agency helped Lewis get part-time jobs working in the cafeterias at a couple of Guilford County Schools. Now she’s landed a better job that she’ll start in the next couple of weeks — working as a teacher’s assistant in an after-school program.
Tashaan is now a senior at Southwest Guilford High School, where he’s scheduled to graduate in June “and hopefully move on to bigger and better things,” Lewis says.
Lewis’ daughter has joined her in High Point now, and she’s a junior at Southwest Guilford.
An important part of Lewis’ story, she points out, is that she not only needed help, but was also willing to help herself.
“When I was at the shelter, I did what I was supposed to do — I went out every day looking for work,” she explains. “They want to see that you’re doing what’s necessary in order to leave the shelter. It just goes to show that people will help you if they know you’re helping yourself.”
The experience of being homeless was difficult — and humbling — “but it was an experience that makes us that much more grateful for the things we have and for the people who stepped in to help us,” Lewis adds.
That’s why she was so willing to share her story at the event for Open Door Ministries.
“I feel like if I can tell my story and help other people out there, and help Open Door Ministries get donations, then I’m all for it,” Lewis says. “They’ve been nothing but a blessing to me and my family.”
One of our partners, OD delivers food to ODM. Many thanks to Old Dominion Freight for their continued support!
HPU Diversity Club Organizes Fundraiser for ODM
The High Point University Diversity Club collected $850.00 for Open Door Ministries through club members and by asking for donations from the HPU community. Volunteers sat at the Slane Philanthropy Table near the cafeteria and they also organized a “dorm storm” to collect money.
Quote from HPU Diversity Club vice president:
"When we discovered that High Point/Greensboro is the #3 metropolitan area for food hardships in the country, we immediately wanted to do something as a club to make a difference. The response we received from the HPU family was incredible. Most people were more than willing to give, and several went above and beyond in their donations. It warms my heart to know that the money we helped raise will benefit dozens of less fortunate families, who will be able to celebrate Thanksgiving this year with a delicious meal."