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Allen’s life began to change because of a Bible brought into the dorm at our Samaritan House Crisis Housing Center and opened at random.

“There was a little red dot next to 1 Corinthians 13:11: ‘When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.’”

Allen read the verse over and over and knew what he had to do!

“I’d spent years walking in a fog.”

“I thought I knew the basics of maturity...but that verse [and some sermons at the Mission] made everything click!”

Injured and unable to work, Brendan was “just getting by” on unemployment when his benefits ended.

“I borrowed from friends and family to pay the rent, but by the time summer rolled around, I couldn’t pay it any longer. I asked my landlord to give me a chance because I was doing the best I could, but he just said, ‘we can’t have you live here anymore.’”

Brendan put his belongings in storage and began to hunt for shelter. “It was July 4 and most everything was closed. The first place I went turned me down. I didn’t know what to do. I’d worked my entire life and here I was with no place to go.”

“Knocking on the Mission Door.”

0615_odm_nl_02story_0.pngDrugs and alcohol had taken everything from Bill.

“There was nothing left,” he says, shaking his head. No family. No friends. No money. No clothes. “I had been incarcerated and lost a lot of weight. There I was, homeless.

So I went to the Open Door Mission and stayed at the emergency shelter.”

“Being at the Mission opened my eyes.”

Not having to worry about a place to sleep or where his next meal was coming from allowed Bill to give some thought to changing his life, and that led him to join our Christian Life Recovery Program. That was seven years ago, and a lot has changed in Bill’s life since then!


Gently used clothing for men, women and children that is collected in the 8 x 10 shed benefits the local services and programs offered by both the Open Door Mission of Rochester NY and the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Does your church or business have some available space in your parking lot for a clothing donation shed? 

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