Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection (DOOR)  (Chicago)

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Contact: DOOR Program National Office
  See listing for DOOR programs in entry under national office in Denver, Colorado.
Phone: 303.295.3667
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 nationwide:  California (Hollywood/Los Angeles)Colorado (Denver),  Georgia (Atlanta)Illinois (Chicago), and Florida (Miami).


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Rockford Work Camps [A Project of Rockford Urban Ministries] (Rockford) 

Contact: Rev. Danice Loveridge, Deacon
  201 Seventh Street
  Rockford, IL 61104
Phone: 815.315.3957 or 815.964.7111

Rockford Work Camps provide volunteer labor to help better the city's low-income neighborhoods, food pantries, homeless shelters, and environmentally protection areas.  Rockford Work Camps (RWC) is a project of Rockford Urban Ministries.

Project/Focus: Home repair/rehab, painting, cleaning, drywall, deck/porch/wheelchair ramp construction, siding, landscaping.  Some groups serve at food pantries, soup kitchens and food banks.  Projects may also include natural prairie restoration and/or assisting with children/youth programs.  Full-time staff person oversees work during the summer.

Educational/Advocacy Components: An "urban tour" and one evening program on the history of the city and of the low income housing development provided by Rockford Urban Ministries staff upon request.  Groups are encouraged to design their own programs and devotional times for the evening.

Time:  Work camps run throughout the year with most groups serving during June, July and August.

Group Size: Anywhere from 5 to 120 maximum, special accommodations for larger or smaller groups available.

Minimum age: 13 years

Adult to Youth Ratio:  1:3 for Junior High volunteers; 1:4 for Senior High Volunteers.

Accommodations:  Housing is provided by local churches with use of kitchen facilities.  Groups provide own food and bedding.  Showers are available at two of the churches, Second Congregational UCC or the local YMCA.  If more formal accommodation is desired, a nearby retreat center is available for housing at an additional cost.  Bring your favorite tools.

Cost: $200 initial deposit needed to confirm reservation.  Work Camp experience is $22 per day per person and covers operational expenses and staff leadership (due 30 days before group arrives) plus an additional $5 per person for the host site.  Donations for tools and building materials are always welcome.  We leave this to the Spirit to move you as to how much.


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Contact Info

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