Open Door currently has four areas of Community Ministries:
- Mathews Promise Academy and TREK
- Open Door Institute
- Senior Adult Ministries
The Chaplaincy Ministry provides spiritual counsel, prayer, Bible Study, and Christian literature for all persons in need. The Chaplain distributes basic needs items such as food, diapers and baby formula. The Chaplain also distributes information and referrals to other agencies for mental health and substance abuse counseling.
The Chaplaincy Ministry also sponsors a Celebrate Recovery Group that meets weekly on Tuesdays at noon at Open Door. The goal of Celebrate Recovery is to help people overcome life’s issues with a 12-step program based on Christian principles. This recovery program addresses all kinds of habits, hurts, and hang-ups.
Mathews Promise Academy and TREK
The Mathews Promise Academy is an after-school and full day summer program of reading development, academic enrichment, spiritual growth, arts and crafts, and recreation and sports. A balanced meal is served through Kids’ Café, a collaborative program with Feeding the Valley. The program focuses on reading development. (WHY?)The program also provides new toys and clothing for children ages 1-17 at Christmas.
TREK is a Christ-centered ministry focused specifically on issues and interests of teenagers to prepare them to be adults who are free of poverty, prepared for employment, and who are responsible and engaged community members. The main components of TREK are Teen Recreation, Empowerment, and Knowledge.
Open Door Institute
The Institute includes a 16-week training program of culinary arts and life skills for homeless and impoverished men and women taught in a Christian environment. The program empowers graduates to obtain employment at a living wage.
The Institute also teaches basic computer classes, life skills, customer service skills, job readiness, and GED preparation in partnership with Columbus Technical College.
Senior Adult Ministries
A weekly program for senior adults – Golden Agers – offering food, fellowship, transportation, spiritual nourishment, recreation, preventative health screenings, and advocacy. Golden Agers meet on Mondays at 2pm Open Door. Seniors also have monthly outings to pay bills and enjoy lunch out.