Open Door Mission


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
PO Box 8340
Omaha, NE 68108


Phone: (402) 422-1111


Organization details

EIN: 470411375

CEO/President: Candace L Gregory

Chairman: Kelly Loneman and George Akers

Board size: 13

Founder: Garland Thompson

Year founded: 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

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating48 of 5861 of 42
Fund acquisition rating190 of 5864 of 42
Resource allocation rating67 of 5862 of 42
Asset utilization rating30 of 5861 of 42

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$674,655$1,511,797$1,100,158$877,333$1,108,394
Short-term investments$0$0$0$826,657$1,093,515
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,255,215$2,475,236$2,378,128$2,059,714$2,563,105
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$6,504,825$6,756,668$6,843,745$7,220,304$7,122,313
Other long-term assets$3,637,064$3,566,035$3,474,054$3,413,949$3,259,248
Total long-term assets$10,141,889$10,322,703$10,317,799$10,634,253$10,381,561
Total assets$12,397,104$12,797,939$12,695,927$12,693,967$12,944,666
Payables and accrued expenses$495,023$601,307$590,767$626,861$548,534
Other current liabilities$106,687$137,743$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$601,710$739,050$590,767$626,861$548,534
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$59,567$67,066$79,446$90,934$90,185
Total long-term liabilities$703,345$726,067$1,010,313$1,153,845$1,175,792
Total liabilities$1,305,055$1,465,117$1,601,080$1,780,706$1,724,326
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$81,011$81,947$121,925$117,053$95,977
Permanently restricted$0$0$4,109$4,109$4,108
Net assets$11,092,049$11,332,822$11,094,847$10,913,261$11,220,340
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Total contributions$29,197,169$29,089,274$33,954,288$31,702,796$27,596,786
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$315,386$355,888$21,711$158,506$171,105
Other revenue$481,242$444,482$669,133$588,991$522,930
Total other revenue$796,628$800,370$690,844$747,497$694,035
Total revenue$29,993,797$29,889,644$34,645,132$32,450,293$28,290,821
Program services$27,554,660$26,711,435$31,375,534$29,391,758$24,657,437
Management and general$1,079,977$1,262,740$1,280,006$1,113,508$1,116,144
Total expenses$30,234,569$29,651,669$34,549,795$32,622,870$27,801,586
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($240,772)$237,975$95,337($172,577)$489,235
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($240,772)$237,975$95,337($172,577)$489,235

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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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