July 2019 Newsletter
Prayer request for this month: Please pray for our leadership. We are looking to expand our ministry as God leads. We need the wisdom that God gave to Solomon, so that we will see the plans that God has laid before us.
A Word From Our Director ~ Pastor Andrew Pistone
The work God has called me to do is rewarding, challenging, and sometimes sad - as I see the results of addictions and/or mental illness that cause suffering for so many people.
The Door of Hope Mission is pursuing several different avenues by which we can serve those in our community who are struggling…such as our prison ministry, our ministry to women and children, our voucher system at the Thrift Store, and something as basic as just helping people get really beautiful clothes for 25 cents.
There is so much more that could be done. There is a need for a medical clinic staffed with volunteer doctors, a detox center for the critically addicted, and a larger facility for women and children. In addition, there is a need for a safe place for people with mental health challenges, because mental illness is truly rampant in our community.
I'm including the story of Caroline – a woman who fell into hard times and had to struggle on her own with all the dangers that lurk in the streets when you don't have a place to call home.
I want you to know that when you support us, you are giving “life” to so many people in need.
'Mental illness, poverty, and homelessness were interlinked.’
Caroline Ryan, 44:
I have been homeless twice – once when I was 23, and again at 30. Both times it was due to mental health problems.
The first time it happened, I left my job because I wasn't well. I went to stay with my parents, but it didn't work out, and my dad asked me to leave. Then, I went to stay with friends.
I was still struggling, and one night - I had a panic attack. My friends said: “We love you, but you're starting to drive us mad.” So, I left - and wandered the streets.
I went to a local hostel, but they turned me away, saying: “Men only. Try a B&B.” My thoughts had gone haywire and I felt tormented. I just didn't know where to go.
I went to a male friend who turned me away – until he realized I was desperate. Then, he made me a bed on his living room floor. He arranged for me to stay with some of his female friends, but in my unbalanced state, I felt uncomfortable doing that.
I had been going to outpatient appointments at a local mental health hospital. At my next visit with the psychiatrist, I was so desperate, I asked if they could take me in. I was admitted for six weeks, and - although it was tough - it did lead to a turnaround. They got me on medication. When I left, I got a rented room and rebuilt my life. I got part-time jobs and later went on to study.
The second time I became homeless, it followed a similar pattern. I had been working part-time in a shop but ended up leaving. So, I had no job and I had rent to pay. I applied for benefits, but the money ended up being sent to the wrong account. Eventually, it got sorted out - but then, I became ill. I withdrew from the benefits system because I found it too complicated to handle in my confused state. Soon, I couldn't afford the rent and had to leave.
A few friends tried to help me, and one tried to help me access benefits. I stayed at people's houses for a few nights. My relationship with my family became strained, and I was taken into a local mental health hospital. Thankfully, I never slept rough or on the streets but I was close to sleeping in a park.
Both times, the whole experience was terrifying, especially not knowing where I was going to spend the night. I felt abandoned and alone. At times, I had no one to turn to. I would ask friends if I could sleep on their floor. They came through for me at first, but then the help ran out.
I was warned off hotels, so I didn't want to go there. You get so many knockbacks. I remember all my belongings being stuffed into a few bags that I carried around with me. Eventually, things got better and I clawed my way back to sanity and got a good job.
Mental illness, poverty, and homelessness were interlinked in my case, and I'm sure that's the situation for a lot of people. Safety nets can fall apart. I went into a downward spiral. I would like to see an end to the stigma attached to homelessness. It can be a terrifying and devastating experience that no one should go through.
Funds / Donations Needed
Your financial support will help us provide hot meals, a safe place to sleep and shower, and exposure to the truth of God's Word through Bible study and counseling to those who struggle with addictions. Many come to know Jesus as Savor because of the work God is doing here at the Mission.
There are a few ways you can give:
#1: PayPal Giving Fund:100% of what your gives goes to the Mission. Paypal does not keep a processing fee when you use this service. If you would like to make a direct financial donation you can go to the PayPal at the link below.
#2: Use our Website http://www.doorofhopemission.com/donate.html
#3: Mail a Check to Door of Hope Mission PO Box 1789, Odessa, TX 79760
#4: When you Shop at Amazon or Ebay, just add us as your preferred charity, and a portion of your purchase will go to the Door Of Hope Mission.
With Amazon: Visit to Amazon Smile www.smile.amazon.com, then login to your account then you need to select Door Of Hope Mission Odessa TX so we will receive donations from eligible purchases when you shop.
If you have any questions please call us 432-337-8294.
The Door of Hope Mission is supported 100% by DONATIONS and our thrift store. We do not take money from the government because they would restrict us from preaching about the freeing power of Jesus to those we help.
All donations are tax deductible.
DOOR OF HOPE THRIFT STORE UPDATE
We are in need of good furniture and antiques that you might want to donate to our ministry, and of course - we continue to take ALL donations with grateful hearts. We could not do this without your help.
We can also accept cars, trucks, RVs and boats.
If you have items you wish to donate, please drop them off at the store. If you need us to pick them up, please call the Mission at 432-337-8294.
We invite you to come and visit the Door of Hope Thrift Store. We are located at 1611 E. 8th Street, Odessa, TX 79761.
Our hours for shopping are Monday - Saturday from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.
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