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


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: 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:

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.)


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: Zachary Darrah, Executive Director
   1940 N. Fresno Street
   Fresno, CA  93703
Phone:  559.487.1509
Fax:  559.487.1550
Web Site:

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

Project/Focus:  Work with children from low-income neighborhoods and refugee families during FIRM’s intensive “Summer Youth Project” (June-July-August). Help with light maintenance tasks around FIRM’s office property. Assist with sorting and picking up donations, as needed. FIRM is also looking for teams to come and do some more intensive projects to help their 50+ year old facility be brought up-to-date.   Special events are held year round.  Also learn about the City of Fresno and the many needs of a city dealing with poverty, crime, gang violence and an extreme drought.  Teams can also work with staff to develop projects that suit their needs and/or mission.

Educational/Advocacy Component:  Group cultural orientation, multicultural staff and language support are part of the experiences at FIRM. FIRM staff helps groups engage with other cultures and address complex issues of poverty, housing and community health. FIRM also provides the opportunities to link with youth from refugee backgrounds – including Hmong, Lao, Cambodian, and Ukrainian.

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

Group Size:  Up to 25

Minimum Age:  All Ages welcome

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:5

Accommodations:  FIRM staff can provide suggestions for lodging with local churches and inexpensive dining at local ethnic restaurants.  We also promise to provide a pool for your group to relax and swim at (it gets over 100 degrees here in the summer) and introduce out-of-state groups to fine California dining such as In ’N Out Burger.  We will also end the trip with a Pho restaurant experience which is a popular noodle soup eaten throughout SE Asia.
Lodging is also available at Fresno State University and/or Fresno Pacific University, but there are costs involved with both of these options.

Cost:  $15.00 per person per day to cover the cost of FIRM staff preparing activities for your group.


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Contact Info

Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115