Our Mission

We demonstrate the love of God by providing life essential services such as food, clothing, shelter, and emergency assistance to those in need.

Our Vision

With God's provision, we are creating a better future for Pettis County residents by meeting the need for food, clothing, and shelter, thereby improving the economic, social, and emotional stability of all we serve.

Our History

Open Door Service Center was founded in 1972 by Reverend Marvin Albright, who at the time was the Pastor of the Immanuel United Church of Christ.

And, Open Door continues as a faith-based organization.

It was operated from the church and the parsonage in the early years.

The purpose was to meet the needs of individuals in the area who had nowhere else to turn.
It was established as a Christian faith-based ministry and continues to operate on Christian values.

In the 1980's Thrift Shop Opens

In the 1990's Service Center Opens

In the 2000's The Service Center and Food Pantry moved to our current location

In 2016 Moved to our current Thrift Shop location

In 2018 Opened our state-of-the-art soup kitchen at its current location

In 2021 The G.E.M. and Planned Giving programs were developed and implemented

In 2022 we celebrated our 50 year anniversary

In 2024 Stay tuned ... Oh the things we will do!



  • All Open Door entities operate thanks to the volunteers that support the cause!
  • Whether it be stocking shelves or dishing up food, we need YOUR help to serve Pettis County!
  • Thousands of people benefit each month from the various services Open Door provides!
  • Join the team and help your community today!