Provide for basic human needs. Promote positive life changes. Restore hope and protect dignity.

Originally called Urban Ministries, United Methodist Open Door (Open Door) and has been serving the community for 56 years, since 1965. We provide 6 community programs in Wichita/Sedgwick County and through our senior food program we serve a total of 11 surrounding counties. Our Food Distribution pantry is the largest in Wichita, and our Homeless Resource and Referral center is the largest homeless day shelter.

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Food

In Kansas, under-employment and low household income are key factors in the high need for food assistance. 71 percent of families utilizing food pantries have incomes at or below the federal poverty level. 54 percent of families served through Open Door’s Community Food Ministry have yearly incomes of less than $10,000. 

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Clothing

Having clothes that are appropriate for the workplace or school can make all the difference in taking the next step out of poverty.

The Klothes Kloset provides free clothing for infants, children and adults.

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Shelter

A one-day “snapshot” taken on Jan. 30, 2020, counted 619 literally homeless people in Sedgwick County.  “Literally homeless” means just that.  These people are surviving on the streets, in their cars, or in shelters.  It does not include people living at hotels/motels or staying with family or friends. 

Ali

The Vision Quest program and case manager Treva has helped me a lot. She taught me to save, budget and keep my family together. I really appreciate all the help that I received from the program with Treva’s help. I have full-time employment and I am meeting all my goals. I think more positively since being in the program. Thank you so much.

Anonymous

The FRRH program has saved me and my family’s life as I was in a domestic violence relationship. Nita was so helpful and had me set goals and my family was able to get shelter and counseling. I filed for divorce, got a promotion at work, and saved to buy my first car. I will be talking about this program for the rest of my life. I am so grateful

Family Rapid Re-housing Program helps families to quickly regain stability in permanent housing and increase self-sufficiency. 100% of families who graduated last grant cycle still remained in housing in grant calendar year 2020

Thank you! Because of you, adults and children were provided a nutritious meal.

Recently, a client called to thank Open Door’s Community Food Ministry for helping her and stated she has other family members that need food assistance because of layoffs due to Covid-19. The family members lived in Mulvane & Goddard. She was very concerned because young children in these families were crying due to their hunger. This client was thrilled to hear that Open Door helps clients in Wichita and the surrounding areas.

Jan
Klothes Kloset Coordinator

We hope shoppers find something; they tell us they always do. A huge THANKS goes out to our community such as the United Way, the many churches, business and individual donors who make this possible. It takes a Village.

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The Open Door has been a blessing, a refuge, a place when you have no other. Bless all who run it

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A place of compassion and real attempts to understand

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These people are saving lives, it’s incredible. They are kind, fast, professional, and offer a large portion of balanced food choices.

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Thank you so much, I’ve been living check-to-check and UMOD makes it so much easier to feed my family!

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Excellent service and friendly staff

If it wasn’t for you guys I would go hungry. Thank you.

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Their kindness and generosity is without compare. I am so grateful and appreciative for all they do and their work for us through Christ.

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Annual Turkey Drive Fundraiser

For the past 15 years, Open Door has partnered with the Wichita Public School District to host the Turkey Drive Fundraiser. Over 40,000 households and 100,000 individuals have received turkey dinners from Open Door’s Community Food Ministry in the past 14 years.

Community partners also include:  iHeart Radio, B-98FM Radio, Kansas Food Bank, Cargill, Kroger, and Wichita Water Walk

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