Recover. Restore. Rebuild.

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You Can Help Restore Hope and Rebuild Dreams

One of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population are families with children. In the city of Rochester, there are 600 estimated families who are living on the streets, in cars, or doubled up with family and friends.

The Dove Campaign is Open Door Mission’s response to these staggering statistics. Over the past two years the Open Door Mission has researched the current gaps in the system that provides service to women and children in crisis. With limited resources and current funding for transitional housing in decline, Open Door Mission is addressing this problem head on with the 2017-2018 Dove Campaign.

The Dove Campaign supports the Women & Children’s shelter and programming at 220 Coldwater Road, Gates. It will provide a supportive transitional housing program (6-9 mos.) for women & children with five living units aimed to create an environment that strengthens families, using best practices that address root causes of crisis and preventing recurrence, through education, faith, responsibility and independence.

The program will focus on job skill training, life and parenting skills, GED support programs and Recover, Restore, Rebuild Development. Future plans include acquiring a graduate house with apartments for independent living for up to 2 more years with case management.

 


Program Phases

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Bringing Hope to Homeless Children

The Statistics

 
 2000 students in Rochester City School District report being homeless in last 12 months

2000 students in Rochester City School District report being homeless in last 12 months

 3-6 months of education are lost every time education is disrupted by changing school

3-6 months of education are lost every time education is disrupted by changing school

 34% Rochester poverty rate, compared to national rate of 14.5%

34% Rochester poverty rate, compared to national rate of 14.5%

 Without help, 70% of children currently living in poverty will never rise out of poverty

Without help, 70% of children currently living in poverty will never rise out of poverty

 

The impact of homelessness on children, especially young children, is devastating.  It may lead to irreversible damage that can interfere with learning and education, emotional self-regulation, cognitive skills, and social relationships.

What homeless children need most of all is a home. Open Door Mission’s facility at 220 Coldwater Road, Gates will provide children with a stable environment that focuses on improving academic performance, physical & mental health, and creating stronger family connectedness.

Open Door Mission will provide children the tools they need to become a successful student including:

  • Educational assessment upon entering 220 Coldwater Road

  • After school homework assistance and skill development

  • School materials and clothes immediately accessible upon school enrollment

  • Support services such as case workers

  • Healthy living interactive education including physical activity and play

  • Access to before and after school programs

  • Transportation to school and formal tutoring services

  • Immediate elementary and preschool placement

Open Door Mission understands that access to a quality education and sufficient resources is what homeless children need to become successful students. With support services and routine, these children will be able to break from the cycle of crisis.


Open Door Mission Programs

Women & Children’s Residential Recovery Program
The Women & Children’s Residential Recovery Program is a grace-based Christian life skills rehabilitation and development program designed to address the root causes of generational poverty through strengthening families.

Women & Children’s Clothing Room
The Women & Children’s Clothing Room is a free clothing distribution and resource center that welcomes women and children in crisis or hardship to receive hope and encouragement.

Women & Children’s Community Outreach Program
The Community Outreach Program provides support through groups, classes, case management for residents, as well as neighbors in the community, who lack the structure and stability to succeed in the areas of education, employment, spirituality, and family.

220 Coldwater Road Renderings

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Show Your Love with a Dove

The ODM Dove Campaign represents the love and hope we can spread together in the Rochester community. Posted in local businesses across our region the Doves symbolize our hope for a future without homelessness. 

Open Door Mission is dedicated to a future where the impoverished men, women and children of Rochester are welcomed with wide arms, a warm meal and a roof over their heads by the entire community. 

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