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