ANOTHER DOOR OPENS GRAND OPENING!

Sunday, July 10th was a perfect day for our grand opening!  The weather was beautiful, the music from the contemporary Christian band Chronicles was uplifting, and the refreshments were yummy!  But the greatest thrill was all of the “WOW’s” we received from our guests about our renovations to the former Lockwood Methodist Church, now christened “Another Door Opens”. 

The Tioga County Open Door Mission purchased the former church back in 2018.  The sanctuary was built in the 1880’s, and the adjoining kitchen and community room a product of the 1950’s era.  Our facelift included a new floor in the community room, new gutters around the outside of the structure, and reinforcement of the steeple, which still houses its bell.  Fresh paint was applied inside and out, with a redecorated kitchen and bathroom. 

The new community room will offer meeting space for area groups, and can host community meals, family reunions, and other non-profit groups offering their services to the local area.  The sanctuary will still be used for faith based music and sermons.  Pastor Trace Timm will lead a praise and worship service one Wednesday a month.

Another Door Opens will also offer a food pantry on the third Friday of each month from 10AM-1PM.

A lot of long hours and hard work went into the renovations of Another Door Opens.  We would like to thank Mark Kreider Construction, K&D Seamless Gutters, the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation, the Chronicles band, Ron Chandler, our Executive Board and staff, led by Executive Director Mary Sobol and Assistant Director Shannon Hilliker, and the residents of Lockwood for the upkeep of the property and the support of our Mission.

We look forward to sharing this space with the community!

For more information on Another Door Opens, or to book the facility, please call the Mission at 607-687-1121. 

TIOGA COUNTY OPEN DOOR MISSION RECEIVES GRANT FROM MILDRED FAULKNER TRUMAN FOUNDATION

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TIOGA COUNTY OPEN DOOR MISSION RECEIVES GRANT FROM MILDRED FAULKNER TRUMAN FOUNDATION

 

The Tioga County Open Door Mission is pleased to share that it has received a grant from the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation.

 

The Owego, New York based non-profit organization was allocated $14,605.00 in foundation monies to cover the cost of renovating its newest property, the former Lockwood Methodist Church, in Lockwood, Tioga County, New York.  The church, now branded as Another Door Opens Church and Community Center, will serve the local population by operating a food pantry, and by offering space in which to hold church services, addiction recovery meetings, social gatherings, community meals, and weddings.  Other Tioga County non-profits will also be able to benefit from the location.

 

Shannon Hilliker, Assistant Director at the Open Door Mission, says the feedback from Lockwood residents has been overwhelmingly positive. “The community and all of us here at the Mission are excited to be able to make the location a hub for local events in the future.  We also plan to offer extended hours for the food pantry as well.  We are grateful to the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation for its support.”

 

Renovations required at the former church include weatherizing the basement, finishing repairs to the steeple, replacing the floor in the community room, gutter replacement, and painting.

 

The Tioga County Open Door Mission is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has provided food, clothing, shelter, financial assistance, recovery services, and household items to the needy in Tioga County for over 50 years.  Those with emergency needs are served regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, or language.

Exciting changes at the Tioga County Open Door Mission!

2021 was a busy year at the Tioga County Open Door MIssion! There have been quite a few changes over the past few months, and of course we were especially busy over the holiday season!
First...to the changes...
At the Red Door on Broad Street in Waverly, we revamped the cafe area and thrift shop during the fall, and it looks great! We'll soon be offering additional meeting space on the second floor of the building. If your organization or group needs a space to gather, please consider us!
We were also busy this year renovating the former United Methodist Church in Lockwood. We have now christened it Another Door Opens Church and Community Center! We still offer a food pantry there for local residents, but when we are fully up and running, the hours of the food pantry will be extended. The location will also offer meeting space for area groups, and can host community meals, family reunions, and other non profit groups offering their services to area residents. The sanctuary will still be used for religious services and weddings.
The holiday season was once again busy for the Mission. We again offered Thanksgiving meal baskets for those in need, and hosted Children's Christmas parties in both Owego and Waverly. They were a success! We want to thank our partners...the local Toys for Tots branch, the Floyd Hooker Foundation, the Waverly Police Benevolent Association, and especially the community...who always steps forward to provide presents and funding for these special events. 162 children benefitted from our party in Owego, with well over 100 in the Waverly community.
We were the beneficiary of a couple of coat drives...organized by the Apalachin Lions Club and Tioga State Bank. Dozens of warm coats of every style and size were offered to us, for the use of those in need.
And of course we're working daily on behalf of the community. Our employees sort through the many donations our supporters so generously provide, and stock our thrift stores with them...a full time job! We provide a pick up service for those who would like to donate furniture and larger items. We also still collect scrap metal for disposal. And we offer several recovery programs at the Red Door for those battling addiction issues.
Our Outreach Department here at the Mission also helps those who need assistance with food, clothing, or furniture. We operate a food pantry at the Mission in Owego.
If you haven't visited our thrift stores in Owego and Waverly, come have a look! It's amazing what you can find, and it's a lot of fun to browze around.
Until next time!
Dawn

"Thank You" to the Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation for a $3,000 grant to provide local food assistance from our two newest food pantries in Lockwood and Waverly, NY!

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Above: Dave Woodburn, of the Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation, presents a $3,000 check to Donna Jantz, Assistant Director of the Owego Open Door Mission, to be used towards food purchase for two local food pantries serving our local senior community.

The Tioga County Open Door Mission is proud to announce that we have received a $3,000 grant from the Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation to help provide food assistance for two of our newest food pantries in both Lockwood and Waverly, NY.

Our pantries provide nutritious food options as well as advocacy, referrals, and emergency financial assistance as funds are available.  Our newest senior food pantry in Waverly NY is limited to individuals 60 yrs of age or older and is open weekly 10am-4pm on Thursdays  behind our Red Door Thrift Store location on DePumpo Lane.  Our Lockwood food pantry opened in Fall of 2014 is located inside the Lockwood United Methodist Church, 95 Church St, Lockwood, NY and the pantry is open each Friday from 10am-2pm.

If you have any questions about our food pantries, outreach programs, or volunteer opportunities, please feel free to call or visit us at our Waverly location, The Red Door Thrift Store and Community Center, 359 Broad Street, Waverly, NY (607)249-6062, or the Tioga County Open Door Mission, 425 North Avenue, Owego, NY (607) 687-1121.

For more information about the Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation, you can visit https://tcseniorfoundation.com/.

For online donations to the Senior Food Pantry in Waverly, NY, please visit https://www.youcaring.com/waverlyseniorfoodpantry.

We are so grateful for all of the community support that we have received!  Together we can make a difference!

A Positive Start for the School Year

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(Top: Sarah Spoonhower with her daughter, Payten Sharp, showing off her new backpack. Bottom: Volunteers from Girl Scout Troop 40234 (Karissa Adams-Swansbrough, Katelyn Strickland, Gabrielle Woodruff) pose in front of the “School Bus Toss” game.)

What a rousing success!  We recently distributed backpacks filled with school supplies to families in need with children grades K-6 enrolled in Waverly, NY at our satellite location, The Red Door, last Friday, August 21st.  The Open Door Mission also held its Annual Back-To-School Bash in Owego on Saturday, August 22nd offering haircuts, games and entertainment, and refreshments, as well as, backpacks filled with school supplies and snacks to children grades K-6 enrolled in Tioga County schools excluding Waverly.

Our Back-To-School events help to reduce the stress and anxiety that families feel due to financial struggle at the beginning of the school year by replacing it with some fun, excitement, and a feeling of looking forward to the year ahead. Providing a safe, comfortable, and fun atmosphere for families, we were able to meet some basic needs making “children with less” feel special and positive about their start for the school year; fostering self-esteem and setting the students up for success.

We are so grateful for community support from the Floyd Hooker Foundation as well as generous donations from Tioga Downs, the Police Benevolent Association, and private donors.

The Tioga County Open Door Mission, a local faith-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has been devoted to serving our community through our food pantries, homeless shelter, and outreach programs since 1968.  Your continued support allows us to extend our Outreach efforts and make a step towards creating meaningful change in our community and the lives of the children.

If you have any questions about our Outreach programs, please feel free to call or visit us at our Waverly location, The Red Door Thrift Store and Community Center, 359 Broad Street, Waverly, NY (607)249-6062, or the Tioga County Open Door Mission, 425 North Avenue, Owego, NY (607)687-1121.

We appreciate your support!

  

Thank you for the Life Lessons!

post3 Unorganized, loud, messy and full of laughs, these are just some of the many ways I could describe my Mission family, and the overwhelming spirit of the Tioga County Open Door Mission. Since I was nine years old and my mom brought me to volunteer, the Mission has been my second home. The Mission is where I learned to run a cash register even when I could barely see over the counter, the savings of a bag sale, had my first job, and was exposed to the realities of the world around me. Since returning to the Mission after finishing college once again I was thankful to always be welcomed home. In the past year, the Mission continued to help me learn and change, which something as an organization we are constantly doing. We may be a bunch of misfits, who have imperfections, but the Mission is a strong and loyal family to all. The Mission is a home for so many people, more than just the residents in our shelter. The Mission is a home to the all too many people who are looking to be understood and welcomed. We work together no matter our differences, we all have a common goal and that is what matters. It is because of this devotion, I have always believed in and valued the Mission. Even now as leave my position at the Mission to pursue my masters degree, I know my position in the Mission family will always remain. I could not even begin to thank the Mission for all that it has taught me about compassion, hard work, acceptance and respect. So thank you, Tioga County Open Door Mission and all of the wonderful people that make up our Mission! I will always carry the life lessons you have taught me!

Strawberry Fest 2015!

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The Tioga County Open Door Mission had a wonderful time attending this year's Strawberry Festival in Owego, NY! In preparation for the event we baked over 400 strawberry cookies to help raise money for our new senior food pantry opening this summer in Waverly, NY. Becky and Anna attended the event, and raised over $350 for the new pantry. We are so thankful to be a part of such a giving and active community! Thank you so much to everyone that came to the event in support of the Mission and our community!

Thank you Lockheed Martin Owego Employees!

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The Tioga County Open Door Mission would like to extend a huge thank you to the employees of Lockheed Martin Owego! On Friday June 5th a team of Lockheed Martin employees arrived bring 1913 pounds of food they had collected in just four days for the Tioga County Open Door Mission's food pantries. Cans of soup, peanut butter, jelly and cans of tuna fish were just some of the many different foods that made up the 1913 pounds. This donations could not have been better timed with the opening of our new senior food pantry in Waverly, NY.

Not only did the Lockheed Martin employees come to the Mission bring food they also spent the afternoon volunteering doing a number of tasks throughout the Mission. From separating scrap metal to cleaning Barbie dolls, our Lockheed Martin volunteers were willing to help with anything they could. This is the second day of caring and food drive that Lockheed Martin employees have held for the Mission. We are always truly overwhelmed by their generosity and fun nature of our friends at Lockheed Martin every time they volunteer. Thank you Lockheed Martin Owego employees for your devotion to our community!

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Feeling HOT HOT HOT!

On Saturday May 31, 2015 the Tioga County Open Door Mission held its first annual Ghost Pepper Pizza Challenge. This creative eating contest was created to help raise money for our new senior citizen food pantry, and we are thrilled to report that we raised over $2600 through the event this year!

The event was held at the Rail House Taproom in Waverly and we are so thankful to  the Rail house for donating the space for the event and cooking the spicy pizzas. At the event 12 brave men and women came to take on the challenge of eating a 9 inch white garlic pizza covered in Ghost Peppers as fast as they could. Ghost Peppers are one of the hottest peppers in the world. Darin Welch was our winner, Welch ate the pizza in just under 5 minutes. Shawn Belles was also a winner, Belles raised the most money for the senior food pantry, raising over $500.

The Tioga County Open Door Mission is thrilled to be opening up the new pantry this summer. The pantry will be specially designed to meet the needs of seniors in the Waverly community, and will be located behind the Mission's Waverly location, The Red Door. The pantry space was donated to the Mission by Don Foote, not only did Don and his wife overwhelm the Mission with their donation of the food pantry space and other items for the Ghost Pepper event, Don Foote was one of the contestants in the challenge too!

The Tioga County Open Door Mission is excited to make this challenge an annual event so don't worry if you missed out this year you will have plenty of chances to take on the heat in the years to come! If you have any questions about the senior food pantry or would like to donate please feel free to call us at (607)687-1121 or check out our donation button!

Thank You Owego Post Office!

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The Tioga County Open Door Mission would like to extend a huge thank you to the Owego Post Office for their overwhelming donation of food collected during their food drive for our food pantries. With the Tioga County Open Door Mission opening our third food pantry, a senior citizen pantry in Waverly, NY, this donation could not have come at a better time. We are so grateful to all who donated to the food drive and all the wonderful mail carriers that collected all of the items. The Tioga County Open Door Mission is honor to have served Tioga County for over 45 year with the support of our wonderful community. Thank you again to the Owego Post Office for their efforts!

Are you giving all that you can?

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The Lesson of the Widow’s Mightinspired by a very interesting piece of jewelry that was donated to the Owego Open Door Mission recently (pictured below, right), inspires us to think about what we are willing to sacrifice for those in need.

The Lesson of the Widow’s Might (also known as Widow’s mite) can be found in the Synoptic Gospels of Mark 12: 41-44 and Luke 21: 1-4.  Jesus shares a story at the Temple in Jerusalem about a widow who donates all that she can offer, which happens to be just two mites. A mite, also known as a lepton in Greek, was the smallest and least valuable circulation, worth about six minutes of a daily wage.  Jesus explains to his disciples that the small sacrifices of the poor mean more to God than the extravagant, but proportionately less, donations of the rich.  Jesus observed that the widow gave most likely everything that she had to give while the rich gave only a proportionately small portion of their wealth.  He explained how much these small sacrifices meant to God.

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A bronze mite, also known as a Lepton (meaning small), minted by Alexander Jannaeus, King of Judaea, 103 - 76 B.C. obverse: the blooming lotus scepter of ancient Egypt in circle, reverse: star of eight rays. (Pictured left) The mysterious carved wooden necklace with coin from Jerusalem that came into the Mission as a donation. (Pictured right)

The Tioga County Open Door Mission, a local, faith-based, 501c3 non-profit organization, has been committed to providing support for our community in need since 1968, whether it is providing a bed to sleep in for men who find themselves homeless or clothing and food for someone who finds themselves in a crisis situation.  Due to the fact that we are a private organization, rarely receiving any government funding, we rely heavily on the kindness of neighbors helping neighbors in our community.  Every little bit, every little coin, every effort counts. For instance, our Pennies for Poverty jars, located at both our Owego and Waverly location, collect spare change from people’s pockets and have allowed us to do more in our Outreach work providing help with heating and utilities through a long winter helping to ease times of despair.  Did you know that just one dollar can buy us 7lbs of food through the Food Bank of the Southern Tier to stock our local food pantries?  Donating your time is another alternative learning about the many ways that we serve our community.  If you are interested in volunteering or making a donation, please contact us at (607)687-1121 or visit one of our locations.

The Tioga County Open Door Mission at 425 North Ave. in Owego, NY

The Red Door Thrift Store and Community Center at 359 Broad St. in Waverly, NY

References: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesson_of_the_widow%27s_mite

Simple But Powerful Ways To Help Your Community

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Stop by and shop in our thrift stores!

It is because of our wonderful customers that we are able to turn donations into funds that we use to support our food pantries, homeless shelter and outreach programs. At the Tioga County Open Door Mission we believe strongly in recycling and reusing items in creative new ways. Make sure to check out our Pinterest page for great ideas for fun DIY craft projects you can make with thrift store finds! We love to hear about the different ways people repurpose items they found at the Mission and The Red Door!

Clean Out Your Closets And Declutter!

We all know that we have old tee shirts from high school or those tables in the attic that we have been meaning to get rid of, think of donating those items to the Mission and The Red Door. Just like our shoppers we are so thankful to our community of donors that help support us through their donations. Did you know that the Tioga County Open Door Mission receives no government funding and 85% of funds used in our different outreach programs comes from our thrift stores? We honestly could not do the work we do without your help! Remember because the Mission is a 501 (c) (3) organization you can always write off your donations for taxes purposes.

Follow Us On Social Media!

Although the Mission has been serving Tioga County and beyond since 1968 there are many people that still do not know about what we do. Please like us on facebook, follow us on twitter and check out our pins on pinterest, we are always looking to find new ways to reach people. We are so thankful to our wonderful friends who share our information with their friends and family on social media.

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Donate To Our Food Pantries!

The Tioga County Open Door Mission is proud to have the largest food pantry in Tioga County at our Owego location, and are thrilled to have opened a second location in Lockwood, NY this year. We serve more than 1,000 meals per month through our Owego pantry alone, not including the close 600 additional meals we serve through our men's homeless shelter. We are so thankful to the members of our community that hold food drives to help us keep our shelves stocked. Every donation, big and small, helps, please think of our pantry when grocery shopping.

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Don't Forget About The Men In Our Shelter!

The Mission has one of the few men's homeless shelters in our area. Our organization housed men in both our shelter and transitional housing. These men are doing their best to start over and gain the skills they need to move on from the Mission. Our residents are a part of our family. Please think of donating a couple pizzas or some homemade cookies to our shelter, it means the world to the residents!

Donate Your Time!

We love volunteers at the Mission! Please think of us if you are interested in volunteering yourself or with a group, we can always use volunteers! It does not have to be a whole day even just an hour here and there and make a huge different for us! We are so thankful to our wonderful friends that come and volunteer with us!

Fighting Hunger One Meal At A Time

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Hunger Fact: 1 in 4 households with children in New York State report inability to afford enough food

Hunger is a serious problem that effects people near and far, and the Tioga County Open Door Mission  feels passionately about addressing the concern of hunger in our community. Our food panty in Owego is the largest food pantry in Tioga County.  In our Owego food pantry alone we serve 3 to 4 thousand meals each month. In addition to these meals we serve many more through our homeless shelter and second food pantry in Lockwood.

Hunger Fact: 49.1 million Americans are living in food insecure households.

Many of the people that the Mission serve in our food pantries are the working poor, people that are trying their best to make ends meet with what they have but are struggling.  Children and the elderly are both populations that we often sever in our pantries. A common trend in our food pantries are hardworking grandparents doing all that they can to raise and meet the needs of their young grandchildren.

Hunger Fact: In 2013, 2.9 million (9%) households with seniors experienced food insecurity. 1.1 million (9%) households composed of seniors living alone experienced food insecurity

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Rural counties often struggle with meeting the needs of the hungry due to the fact that resources can be a struggle for people to get transportation to. Due these struggles the Mission feels that it is important to bring resources to rural communities whenever possible, this is why we have opened a second food pantry in Lockwood, NY. At the Mission we work with a number of other local organizations to help direct people to the closest pantry in their area to help all get access to the food they need. The Mission strongly believes that in order to fight hunger, organizations must work together to serve their community. We are proud to help support twelve local food pantries and soup kitchens with food.  In addition, the Mission provides a home deliveries to the home-bound.

Hunger Fact: 15 percent of rural households are food insecure, or an estimated 3.0 million households

Everything that the Mission is able to do through our food pantries and our Outreach programs is due to the wonderful support that we receive from our community. If you are interested in donating to our food pantries or would like to hold a food drive please call us at (607)687-1121.Thank you everyone that has donated to our food pantries and thrift stores! If you or someone you know is need of our services please explore our Outreach tab above for more importation about the services that we offer.