One of Northridge Church’s long-time ministry partners is the Open Door Mission, which exists to “provide for the spiritual and physical needs of the impoverished and homeless men, women and children of Rochester, New York by restoring hope and changing lives.” Open Door Mission (ODM) serves many women, children and men, in many capacities, using multiple facilities. The needs in this city are great, and keeping this system of serving going (in some cases on a 24/7/365 basis) takes a lot of effort by staff and volunteers. But that doesn’t mean volunteering necessarily has to take a lot of individual effort.
There are several Northridge people who are involved with ODM. A couple of volunteers who find themselves regularly helping at ODM are Brian Rathbun and Bob Mahoney. Brian and Bob serve as part of a small team of four to five people once a month at ODM’s Samaritan House on Main Street. Samaritan House provides several services, not the least of which are free meals for those in need every day of the week. This serving opportunity for Bob and Brian consists of showing up at 6 pm on the last Monday of every month and spending no more than 90 minutes preparing several tables for a large group of people, serving them a meal (already prepared), and then washing a few dishes. It’s not overly difficult work, or a big time commitment, but those who serve in this way say it is very rewarding to play play a small part in helping people who find themselves in need of help from others during a difficult time in their life. And a small, but regular commitment like this by volunteers is greatly appreciated by the ODM staff, as it helps keep their “serving system” running smoothly.
So consider possibly contributing some time to ODM’s gospel-centered mission. We can help you get started if you or others you know might like to try serving once to see how it works. If you’d like more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.