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Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection (DOOR) (Hollywood/Los Angeles)

Contact: DOOR Program National Office
   See listing for DOOR programs in entry under national office in Denver, Colorado.
Phone: 303.295.3667
Fax: 303.892.6106
Web site: www.doornetwork.org/locations
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/doornetwork

DOOR is an urban learning and service program.

Groups experience the city and learn about it through volunteering at a variety of community agencies already present in the community, including soup kitchens and homeless shelters.  Groups stay at facilities in the city, hear a local perspective on the city, use public transportation when available, interact with people of the city and reflect on their experiences.  

DOOR locations nationwideCalifornia (Hollywood/Los Angeles); Colorado (Denver)Georgia (Atlanta), Illinois (Chicago), Florida (Miami).

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Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries (FIRM, Inc.)

Contact: Zachary Darrah, Executive Director
   1940 N. Fresno Street
   Fresno, CA  93703
E-Mail:  zachd@firminc.org
Phone: 559.487.1550 (office) or 559.283.1006 (Direct Line)
Web Site: www.firminc.org
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/FresnoRefugeeMinistries

FIRM shares Christ's love to build communities of hope with new Americans.

Project/Focus:  Every mission trip at FIRM is uniquely designed to meet the needs of your group! Our Executive Director (Zach Darrah) has led multiple short-term mission trips and understands that the needs/goals of every mission team is unique.  The process begins with a meeting (phone or in-person) with Zack so that he can learn about the goals of the team.  He will then develop a “Mission Team Menu” with 25-35 options that your leadership can choose from to design your entire trip!  An itinerary will then be given to the team for each day of your trip to FIRM ad you will be on your way to serving the unique refugee community in Fresno.
Examples of projects/focus of past teams include such activities as:  running a Vacation Bible School for refugee children/families, doing work on the FIRM campus, painting murals, attending a church service in various languages (Hmong, Lao, Russian, Ethiopian), helping serve at one of several large community events (Summer Carnival, etc.), serving refugee families directly and enjoying ethnic cuisine and much more!  A sample Mission Team Menu is available upon request.  

Time:  Year-round, especially during summer and spring break.

Group Size:  Up to 25

Minimum Age:  FIRM has hosted mission teams of all ages and all types.  FIRM has hosted trips for families, youth groups, young adults and seniors.  We do our best to accommodate teams of all kinds. 

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5

Accommodations:  FIRM staff  will assist your team with housing either on campus ($10.00 per person per day additional fee) or at local options.  Fresno State University or Fresno Pacific University housing is often available with cost set by the universities.

Cost:  $30.00 per person per day to cover FIRM staff working with your group.  Also many groups provide supplies/materials for projects during their trip. 

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