2021 Gala : Back in the Saddle!

30 Day Intensive Program

­­­­­­­­­­01/01/21, Houston Texas – Open Door Mission introduces the 30-Day Intensive In-Patient Treatment Program (IIP). This program is designed to give the client meaningful insights into faith and evidence-based treatment. The SMART Recovery (Self-Motivation and Recovery Training) curriculum is introduced in this phase.  This intensive program helps the client realize the depth of his addiction and helps him to understand his personal recovery journey. During this phase, the client also completes a specified number of hours of computer-based academic education each week. The required hours vary, based on education level determined at entry. If the client desires to obtain a GED, a path to completion is presented. A typical day starts with morning spiritual devotion at 6:00am followed by breakfast. The first class starts at 9:00am and the last class finishes at 8:00pm. Lights out at 9:30pm. In this phase the client is designated as White Badge ES

Upon the completion of the 30-day program, the client is encouraged and invited to enter a voluntary 90-day Supportive In-Patient Treatment Program (SIP). The program is based on the client’s individual progress, not by time in the program. The client continues his study in SMART Recovery, and delves deeper into personal boundaries, seeking safety and mindfulness, creating healthy habits and relationships. The client is given job assignments on campus half of the day. The other half of the day, the client attends the remainder of SMART Recovery substance abuse treatment classes as well as continues his academic education and computer literacy skills. In this phase the client is designated as White Badge A/B

Upon completion of SIP, the client will be offered an opportunity to experience and take advantage of the ODM Education and Career Program. This program assists the client in obtaining a GED, (starting in the IIP Phase), as well as learning comprehensive job readiness. The client will get assistance with resume preparation, job search, interviewing skills, workplace expectations, and salary negotiating skills. Clients wishing to participate in all three phases of the program, will be in residence for 6-9 months.

Once the client is employed, he may continue to live at the Mission in the Transitional Living Quarters. This is offered at minimal cost, (currently $100.00/week), and includes room and board. The client may be referred to other partner sober living houses or acquire their own residence. Alumni of the Open Door Mission will experience fellowship, continued sobriety meetings, and shared accountability.

God created us to be in a community where we can thrive, prosper, and develop healthy relationships with others.

Open Door Mission is a faith and evidence-based recovery and rehabilitation program and facility helping the homeless in Houston TX since 1954. The Mission is dedicated to transforming the lives of the most severely addicted, destitute, homeless and disabled men in our community at no cost. Funding for Open Door Mission is sourced through foundations, individuals, churches, and corporations.


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Ms. Barbara Wilson

Barbara Wilson started volunteering at Open Door Mission in 2016. She put her sewing skills to the test, helping the men at the Mission with basic alterations to donated clothes.

Barbara spends most of her Saturdays at the Mission measuring pants, jackets and shirts to fit just right on each man. With each garment complete, Barbara gives them a smile, sometimes a hug.

She also sews in something extra: the words to mend not just the outside but the inside, too.

Update on Alumni Matthew Shunneman

Matthew is an Alumni of Open Door Mission who in the 2 years since graduation has achieved many accomplishments to date.

He spent time working at the Marriott Marquis Houston but has since found a new position with 7 Mile Road Houston as the Ministry Intern.

Changed Lives

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then these videos depicting the amazing transformations of the men Open Door Mission serves.

We invite you to take a moment and check it out for yourself –share it with a friend! Just click on —- and see how lives are touched and changed. Transformation happens because individuals like you care; but most of all, because God promises to be our very present help in time of need.

Men in Recovery

Men in recovery at the ODM DoorWay program speak with anchor Tom Abrams about the addiction to synthetic marijuana.

Synthetic marijuana is ten times more addictive than traditional marijuana; wherein users can become hooked after just one use, and the long-term impacts are equally devastating.

Mission Alumni work hard at Marriott Marquis Houston Downtown

The Super Bowl is long gone, but a Houston hotel continues to hire the kind of people who helped them through the big game, the formerly homeless.

Six months after Super Bowl 51, there’s one guy still smiling.

“Man, I’m so blessed with how things are going in my life right now,” said Ricardo Hernandez, who used to be homeless. It was the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homeless Outreach Team who took him to Open Door Mission.

His life changed, he even joined the choir, and just in time for the Super Bowl, he scored a job working pool maintenance on the Texas-shaped pool at the new Marriott Marquis.

“When this all started happening, I started interacting more with the guests and everything, and so I just wanted to get to another level,” said Hernandez.

Super Bowl destination hotel Marriott Marquis hires Open Door Mission graduate!

From homeless to helping host the SuperBowl: Watch Ricardo’s amazing story of transformation, made possible by friends of Open Door Mission like YOU! Want to be a part of more great stories like this? Your gift of any amount provides counseling, education, and spiritual growth to men who want to leave their past behind.

Battling Addiction by getting help at Open Door Mission.

An inspirational story of a young man’s path down the road towards recovery and how he found faith and family along the way.

Former homeless man inspires by washing feet

A former Houston homeless man worked his way off the streets and is trying to help others follow the same path. Watch his amazing story below!