Open Door Mission

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Daily, Open Door Mission offers 917 safe shelter beds to those experiencing homelessness, serves over 4,747 meals to feed the hungry and empowers more than 1,000 people living in poverty to remain in their own homes through homeless prevention resources.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Open Door Mission
2828 North 23rd Street East
Omaha, NE 68110


Phone: (402) 422-1111

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 470411375

CEO/President: Candace Gregory

Chairman: Kelly Loneman and George Akers

Board size: 13

Founder: Garland Thompson

Ruling year: 1957

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 03/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1995


Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Mission statement

Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission that meets the needs of individuals and families while inspiring HOPE for lasting change.

Statement of faith

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired by God, inerrant in the original writings, a divine revelation, and that they are the final and supreme authority in faith and practice. (2 Tim, 3: 16-17)
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Exodus 20:2-3; I John 5:7; I Cor. 8:6)
We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, and that He is truly God and truly man. (Isa. 7: 14; Matt. I: 18-25; John I :4)
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person, coequal with God in all of His attributes, and is sent by the Lord Jesus Christ from the Father to convict the world of sin, to regenerate, indwell, guide and teach the believer and to empower the Christian to live in victory over sin. Uohn 15:26; John 16:7-9)
We believe that man was created in the image of God, but that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. Therefore all human beings are born with a sinful nature. (Romans 5: 19)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures as a substitutionary sacrifice and that all who believe in Him are justified once and for all on the grounds of His shed blood. We believe that all who are born again and have believed in Him are kept by God the Father for Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:25; 2 Cor. 5:21; I Peter I :3-5)
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord; in His ascension into Heaven and in His present life there for us as High Priest and Advocate. ( I Cor. 15: 1-4; Heb. I: 1-3)
We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God; and that each child of God is indwelt, led, sealed and empowered by the Holy Spirit. John I: 12; 3:3; Eph. I: 13-14)
We believe in the personal, imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (Titus 2: 13)
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and of the unjust and in the everlasting blessedness of the saved as well as the everlasting and conscious punishment of the lost. ( I Cor. 15:21-23; Rev. 20: 11-15)
We believe in the historical Biblical teaching of the gifts of the Spirit. Every believer is granted spiritual gifts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:6; I Cor. 12: I I). Any modern day practice of tongues, working of miracles, healing, etc. which causes dissension and division within the Body of Christ is contrary to the purpose of the Spirit's gifts.
We believe that Jesus Christ is living and the only Head of the Church. (Eph. I :22-23; Eph. 5:23; Rev. 20:11-15

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating114 of 111213 of 141
Fund acquisition rating333 of 111435 of 141
Resource allocation rating118 of 111423 of 141
Asset utilization rating342 of 111232 of 141

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$961,077$1,093,536$1,192,208$541,810$674,655
Short-term investments$4,776,487$4,876,765$30,243$544,000$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$15,728,595$13,656,245$8,694,738$3,432,931$2,255,215
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$8,649,941$6,334,984$6,396,672$6,447,169$6,504,825
Other long-term assets$6,532,098$4,045,360$3,849,394$3,737,877$3,637,064
Total long-term assets$15,182,039$10,380,344$10,246,066$10,185,046$10,141,889
Total assets$30,910,634$24,036,589$18,940,804$13,617,977$12,397,104
Payables and accrued expenses$333,769$374,393$357,731$582,241$495,023
Other current liabilities$0$0$35,740$71,922$106,687
Total current liabilities$333,769$374,393$393,471$654,163$601,710
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,539,082$44,131$38,676$41,998$59,567
Total long-term liabilities$2,989,082$494,131$488,676$674,619$703,345
Total liabilities$3,322,851$868,524$882,147$1,328,782$1,305,055
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$27,372,460$22,876,215$17,945,317$12,217,809$11,011,038
With donor restrictions$215,323$291,850$113,340$71,386$81,011
Net assets$27,587,783$23,168,065$18,058,657$12,289,195$11,092,049
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$30,077,153$33,011,573$27,419,168$27,278,221$29,197,169
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$568,328$562,694$439,176$350,804$315,386
Other revenue$532,050$614,987$574,583$616,012$481,242
Total other revenue$1,100,378$1,177,681$1,013,759$966,816$796,628
Total revenue$31,177,531$34,189,254$28,432,927$28,245,037$29,993,797
Program services$23,084,983$26,107,689$19,952,690$24,401,849$27,554,660
Management and general$1,159,544$1,094,202$1,015,604$1,016,413$1,079,977
Total expenses$26,603,107$29,194,517$22,654,133$27,057,711$30,234,569
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)$4,574,424$4,994,737$5,778,794$1,187,326($240,772)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$4,574,424$4,994,737$5,778,794$1,187,326($240,772)


Candace GregoryPresident & CEO$273,812
Michael JohnsonCFO$194,814

Compensation data as of: 3/31/2023

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/22/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


In 1954, thousands of men swarmed the city of Omaha searching for work on the city's 10 railroads. They congregated in bars and slept in flophouses. Garland Thompson, a student at the Omaha Bible Institute, wanted to reach out to these men with Christ's love and compassion. Fueled by faith, guided by his vision for an evangelical mission, and assisted by Pastor Jerry Dunn and a group of Christian businessmen, Thompson unveiled Open Door Mission in the Ballenger Building at 13th and Douglas Streets on November 1, 1954. When the owner of the building at 13th and Douglas Streets decided to sell it in 1955, Thompson and Pastor Dunn prayed that God would give them another space. A building at 13th and Howard was perfect, but the owners did not want to rent it for a mission. God intervened, and the Open Door Mission moved to 422 South 13th Street. This building was 20 times larger than Open Door Mission's original building and perfect for its needs. Eventually we purchased this building. Over the next 30 years, Open Door Mission continued to offer food, shelter and rehabilitation programs to homeless men and those with alcohol addictions. It also provided medical and dental care, and a Bible-based discipleship program helped changed lives. Open Door Mission continued to receive support from the community, including citizens like Bob Cornett, the leading bondsman of Omaha and Douglas County, and the Eppley Foundation. As Open Door Mission expanded, it experienced severe growing pains and serious setbacks in leadership. When Thompson and Dunn left their leadership positions in 1971, the successors tried to create a new secular entity. Evangelical programs were dropped and Open Door Mission's funds began to decline. Nevertheless, the ministry was preserved during this time. In 1986, Open Door Mission moved again. The City of Omaha recognized the value of our service to the community; yet in 1983, the city began implementing the Urban Renewal Plan and decided to relocate the Mission from the downtown area. We negotiated to sell our building for $1 million and the remaining money was deposited in an account to pay the bills during lean times. Open Door Mission's income dropped from $200,000 a year to $100,000 during this period. With the move to east Omaha, Open Door Mission was less visible to people in the community, and this cost us a great deal of support.

Rev. Robert O. Timberlake came on as executive director in spring 1987 and began to change that. At the time, we had three staff members - Pastor Bob and two women. There was no food pantry, no clothing program, no rehabilitation program. Pastor Bob worked untiringly to remedy this situation, and Open Door Mission's current programs - including Lydia House and family outreach - were initiated and developed under his leadership. In the 1990s, homeless families began seeking shelter at missions across the United States. In response to the need for family shelter and rehabilitation, we expanded our services to include families, and developed the New Life Recovery Program of Christian Rehabilitation. The program graduated 12 families at the beginning of 2000. Also in 2000, Open Door Mission began seeking partner organizations to provide therapeutic and educational services for Omaha's homeless. On October 1, 2001, Open Door Mission opened the Emergency Temporary Housing wing. Reconstruction of the former office area provided immediate shelter for nine homeless families. Open Door Mission's Rebuilding Lives Campaign was wrapped up with the completion of four new buildings-Lydia House (2010), Permanent Supportive Housing Complex (2011), Garland Thompson Men's Center (2012) and Rebuilding Lives Center (2012). This historic $32 million campaign was the most massive expansion in Open Door Mission's history!

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