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                                                                                                                                                                              Fax number:  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 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
  8301 Mitchell Rd.
  Machesney Park, IL 61115
Phone: 815.315.3957

Rockford Work Camps (RUM)  works on social justice, peace and advocacy as well as new ministries and programs in the Rock River Valley.  Rockford Work Camps (RWC) is a program of RUM that partners with local and national church mission teams for volunteers in mission to help our neighbors in the Rockford area who are struggling with the effects of low income, disability and aging by offering two mission experiences.

Project/Focus: is focused in 2 areas:  1) Construction based mission-restoring homes to safer, drier, warmer conditions and 2) Service based mission – offering valuable service work to our community partners to help them better leverage their services.  Groups can choose one type of mission experience or a combination of both.

Educational/Advocacy Components:  RWC is more than a mission experience.  Volunteers in mission receive cultural immersion opportunities that transform the lives of those giving and those receiving.

Time: RWC offers year round opportunities for mission experiences, and opening and closing worship sessions.

Group Size:  Maximum group size is 80.  We will break you down into 6-8 people per work site.  

Age:   Junior high to adult

Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:4 for Jr. High and 1:5 for Sr. High.  

Accommodations: Lodging is at one of three partner churches, all with showers, full kitchens, and recreational activities.  Bring your own food.  We offer supervision staff and Safe Sanctuary practices
Cost:  1) Construction based mission experience is $50 per person per day (covers the cost of building materials).  2) Service based mission experience is $35 per person per day.  All groups must submit a $200 deposit to hold booking date.  ½ of the total trip cost is due 90 days before arrival with remainder due 30 days before arrival

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Contact Info

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