Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection (DOOR)


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Contact: DOOR Program National Office
E-Mail:  DOOR@DOORnetwork.org  
Phone: 303.295.3667
Web site: www.DOORnetwork.org
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/doornetwork

See listing for DOOR programs in entry under national office in Denver, Colorado.

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), and Florida (Miami).

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Harvest of Hope (Orlando)

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Contact: Barbara Sayles, Regional Director
Phone:  800.333.4597 or 407-650-1956
Website:  www.endhunger.org

 See listing for National Headquarters under Virginia.

Project/Focus:  Participants glean nutritious produce from farmers' fields and orchards after harvest.  This food, instead of being left behind to rot, is delivered to those in need through programs such as local food banks and soup kitchens.  Harvest of Hope is a national gleaning network.

See national office listing in Virginia for more information.


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 Disaster Recovery Northwest Florida (Walton)

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Contact:  Gabe Tischler, Catholic Charities of Florida
                Emergency Management Specialist
Email:  gtischler@flacathconf.org
Phone: 850.443.2996
Hammer & Hearths Facebook at

The Disaster Event:  Tropical Storm Andrea came ashore in Northwest Florida on July 2, 2013 causing extensive damage in Washington, Bay and Walton Counties FEMA is not providing any individual assistance to disaster survivors, therefore all of the recovery efforts are handled by faith-based organizations.

Work Needed:  Repair/Rebuild homes, including replacement of insulation, sheet rock repair and painting flooring and other interior work.

Educational/Advocacy Components
Preparation for the trip:  “Mission Trips That Matter” by Don C. Richter, Upper Room Books.

On-Site Reflection:  “Meeting God in the Ruins:  Devotions for Disaster Volunteers” Copies will be provided at group housing site.  Additional free copies may be ordered from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by calling 800.638.3522 ext. 2580. (ISBN: 6-0001-6788-1); pay shipping only.

Follow up Action:  Help your local community prepare for possible disaster and response, be sure your local congregation has a plan in case of a local disaster and get to know your UCC Conference Disaster Coordinator and stay involved.

Time:  November 3, 2013 through March 2014

Group Size:  50 maximum

One in Eight:  Each group should include a ratio of at least 1:8 of skilled construction persons able to coordinate and teach others for each group.  Long Term Recovery committee provides general Construction Coordinator and materials through Hammers and Hearths who will provide construction and volunteer scheduling, coordination and housing arrangements in Walton, Washington or Bay County.

Minimum Age:  18 years for roof-work, 16 years for interior groundwork.

Accommodations:  Housing for groups provided at local churches in one of the three counties; this is arranged through Hammers and Hearths.  Cots and kitchen access provided. Groups bring own bedding and prepare own meals. (some meals maybe provided by local churches).  Showers, bathrooms, and lounge room for meetings available in church buildings.

Tools:  Groups should bring standard carpentry tools (hammers and cordless screw drivers, etc.)  No special tools will be required.  A majority of the work will be done on mobile homes. Specific questions can be directed to Hammers and Hearths the
Volunteer Coordinators upon registration.

Cost:  $10/day/person or $50/week/person.  Costs for case management, building materials, tools, and construction supervision provided through the local long-term recovery committee.  Your donations to UCC One Great Hour of Sharing® help make possible the local work of this Long-Term Recovery Committee.


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Contact Info

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