Churches cooperating in charitable-welfare ministires serving all of Pettis County.
Thrift Shop -
Benevolent Ministries & Food Pantry
The Open Door Service Center idea began in 1970, as several area churches sought ways to work together to help individuals and families who had "fallen through the cracks" of the system.
Ministries of Open Door Service Center
The Thrift Shop was the first of the ministries to be formed. It was founded in the beginning with an all volunteer staff as a way of allowing low income individuals to retain their dignity as they and the general public shop together. The Thrift Shop is stocked with good donated clothing and household items at very low prices.
The proceeds from the Thrift Shop help pay the salaries and operating expenses of the Open Door Ministry.
A Benevolent Ministries office was crested in 1994. Many residents of Pettis County come each month for assistance in meeting their basic need in the following areas: food, shelter,clothing, utilities, transportation, medical, work related and many other areas. We offer assistance in any area that will keep individuals from becoming unemployed, homeless or losing their dignity.
Open Door communicates with area churches and other agencies to help coordinate the meeting of these needs in the most efficient manner possible.
Open Door Service Center, Inc. is a funded agency of the Sedalia/Pettis County United Way. We also rely heavily on funding from the local churches and individuals who share our concern for meeting the needs of area residents.
While the churches, local individuals, businesses, schools, clubs and organizations donate tons of food annually, the largest portion of the food, household and health items distributed comes from The Food Band for Central and Northeast Missouri in Columbia. This food is moved from the Food Bank in Columbia to our facility through the help of local businesses.
Our programs would not be able to serve the large number of individuals that we do, if it were not for the large base of volunteers who give over 25,000 hours annually; what a blessing these individuals are to the community. The volunteers come from churches and individuals who desire to help in support of our mission.
Open Door Service Center began and still is an extension of the ministries of many area churches. If your church is interested in joint this effort you can obtain information form the Executive Director at 827-1613.
To Receive Assistance
Persons who seek assistance from Open Door muct apply in person at the Benevolent Ministries office at 111 W. 6th St., Sedalia. Office hours are 9 am-2 pm, Mon. through Thurs.
To save time, BEFORE coming to the office, first time applicants for assistance should call 827-1613 to find out what information and documents will be needed to verify and help meet their need.
The purpose of the application and interview is to define what help will meet the applicants' total long term needs. the interview normally takes less than five minutes. We do not take appointments; all are on a first come first served basis.
Upon approval of application for assistance, vouchers are issued to vendors for the required services.
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