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Updated News: Mission Secures Women & Children’s Campus in Gates

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Open Door Mission: Women and Children Residents

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Who is initiating this project?

A: The Open Door Mission, a Christian Rescue Mission founded to provide for the spiritual and physical needs of the impoverished and men, women and children of Rochester, NY by restoring hope and changing lives. We have been serving the Greater Rochester area since 1952, and have had such a successful track record with our programmatic residential services for men, we now plan to expand that service to women and children.

Q: When will this project begin? 

A: The successful purchase of a building located on Coldwater Road in the town of Gates took place in 2016. Open Door Mission plans to begin serving our first families in 2018, with subsequent phasing and additional families to come in the years following.

Q: How will this project impact the neighborhood?

A: This will increase the value of that property significantly. Beautification of the property combined with a secure facility with a highly structured programmatic schedule will ensure that our services will not only bring value to the neighborhood, but will also provide much needed assistance to local families

Q: What will the moms and kids do during the day?

A: We have designed a highly structured program that encourages families to pursue goals while strengthening their family unit and preparing to be fully independent upon program completion. This will look different for each family, but daily schedules and curfews will be expectations of the program.

Q: What about those fleeing domestic violence or with severe mental illness/chemical addiction?

A: This program is designed for families who are ready to be part of their own restoration and independence, so our referral process will be a key factor to finding the appropriate residents. If a mom is deemed too ill to be part of her own program, then she may not be a good fit for us, and may be referred elsewhere. Though we will provide a secure facility with 24-hour staffing, a mom actively fleeing her abuser may need to be placed somewhere with an unknown address.