Our tagline at Open Doors is “Building Relationships. Overcoming Homelessness.”
We offer emergency and affordable long-term housing to people without homes. But housing is not enough. We also need to offer personal support. We need to be willing to be in personal partnership with the people we serve.
In 1970 our founders felt that to really help someone you need to get to know them. So they organized the Open Door as a way to get to know people and learn how to be helpful neighbors to them. I admire our founders for this insight, and I’m happy to say that I think we are continuing to live by it.
This commitment to relationship presents us with challenges. As we grow and so many more people live in our housing, how do we keep building personal relationships with each resident? How do we help those relationships become deep and meaningful?
Relationships take time. We get to know our partners by listening to stories from the past. We also need to be available to hear about the challenges and successes our partners are experiencing now. And our hearts need to be open to our partners’ dreams for the future.
While relationship-building challenges us, it is also part of what makes our life together at Open Doors so rewarding.