This started as a disorganized effort among a few buddies trying to cover way too many miles on a paddle board, that then morphed into a a still disorganized event with even more folks over a still challenging but more reasonable set of miles, and finally to its current state, still disorganized, still a small group of friends, still a fun day on the water, but now with the generous support of Athletic Brew for the 3rd year in a row focused on helping out a charitable cause.
Open Doors’ mission is to effectively address the causes and complexities of the homeless and working poor by providing shelter, food, clothing, case management services, treatment services, transitional planning for short and long term goals, subsidized housing, education, employment, and a path towards independence and success.
We provide emergency shelter with over 95 beds able to accommodate individuals and families. In the same building, we operate a kitchen and pantry that provides food to the community. We serve three meals each day (over 77,000 in the past year) and provide shelf-stable groceries, baked goods, and fresh produce to low-income individuals and families to help them make ends meet. Between the kitchen and the pantry, we provide more than 300,000 meals each year to individuals and families in our community.
Open Doors also operates a number of private residences, providing supportive and affordable housing to those who are working and earning an income but unable to afford standard rents in the area.
Open Doors operates primarily from private donations, with less than 25% of our operating budget coming from government funding. 90 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to providing food, shelter and assistance to those in need. Our board is comprised entirely of uncompensated volunteers.
Please consider a donation today, as the current state of the economy means more people than ever before are seeking our assistance, even as private sector donations dwindle.