Welcome to The Open Door!


 Proudly Serving Our Community Since 1974!

T: 905-276-9136

E: theopendoor@hotmail.com

A: 100 City Centre Dr, Mississauga, ON L5B 2C9

Our Summer Hours Are:

Monday - 10am-4:30pm

Tuesday - 10am-4:30pm

Wednesday - 10am-4:30pm

Thursday - 10am - 4:30pm 

Friday - 12pm-4:30pm

Saturday - 10am-1:30pm (Food & Diaper Cupboards open 10am-12pm, lunch 12pm-1:30pm)

*Our Wednesday and Saturday Lunches will continue through the summer months.  Please call us at 905-276-9136 if you'd like to join us!*

 

Directions:

From inside the mall:

We are near Hudson's Bay and Goodlife Fitness.  You will see The Open Door sign next to the elevator, please take the elevator to the bottom floor.  You'll see The Open Door signs when you exit the elevator.

From outside the mall:

Come through the Goodlife entrance on the southeast side of Square One near Hudson's Bay. You will see The Open Door sign next to the elevator, please take the elevator to the bottm floor.  You'll see The Open Door signs when you exit the elevator.

 

Deliveries: Financial donations and small deliveries can be received any time.  Due to our new space we are asking that larger deliveries of donations come on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  Please call ahead so we can ensure that a volunteer is there to meet you. 

 


 

The Open Door at Square One is a front-line ministry outreach of the churches of Mississauga that has been ministering since 1974.  The Open Door serves people from every background and walk of life.  We make every effort to minister to people’s practical, spiritual and emotional needs.  We are ministering to people facing unemployment, critical illness, homelessness, marriage breakdown, abusive situations, bereavement, loneliness, single parenting and countless other reasons that cause people to need help.

 

The Open Door is a volunteer-based organization.  We have a small staff of 3 (Lynne, Krista and Jen) and over 100 hundred volunteers.  We are so grateful for all of their incredible work!

 

Staff and volunteers minister to people in many different ways, below are just some of the ways that The Open Door serves those in need in Mississauga:

 

  • Referral counseling
  • Befriending
  • Emergency food cupboard assistance
  • Diaper distribution
  • Clothing distribution
  • Toiletries distribution
  • Wednesday lunch & Bible Stories*
  • Thursday Night Friendship Dinner (September – June)*
  • Saturday Lunch*
  • And so much more!
*Please call ahead to register for the meals.
**Everything at The Open Door is given free of charge to those in need, we do not charge for any of our services**


 

  • 2014 In Review

    We at The Open Door are entering the new year of 2015 with such excitement, joy and gratitude!

    2014 was another big year at The Open Door.  We marvel at the many ways that different churches, community groups, businesses and individuals come together to help those in need in our community.  We are so thankful for the thousands of people we have been able to help over the past year. What we hear over and over again from those who come in for help is that what moves them the most and gives them such hope is to know that their community loves and cares for them.  That they are not alone.

    In 2014 we had over 50 different churches provide meals for our community through our Thursday night dinners, Wednesday and Saturday lunches.  Thursday dinners alone see 50 plus people with the lunches serving approximately 20 to 30 people.  Countless more church and community groups helped us sort our immense clothing donations so that we could distribute free clothing to 100 families per month.  We had other church groups donate their time, expertise, talents and supplies to finish our Open Door space and Distribution Room.  We had several churches and community groups organize large food drives for us.  The food cupboard is a very busy place and serves several famillies six days per week.  Several churches came together to enable us to help approximately 200 students with backpacks and school supplies this past September.  Three churches held Thanksgiving dinners for our clients.  Christmas was another incredible time - over 335 people attended one of our Christmas meals and each person who attended was immensely blessed by the time together with family, community, beautifully catered meals and then also with presents and gift cards to be able to have their in-home Christmas needs met.  Of course, all of this was distributed free of charge.

    We give thanks for the year that was and are so excited for the year that is coming.  We know that God has big plans in store!  

    And, of course, it wouldn't be The Open Door if we didn't leave you with a story to encourage you.  This is one of our favourite stories from 2014.

    One of our families who received Back to School help is headed by a widow who is a single mom of six kids.  She has always worked very hard to support her children but was injured at work and was waiting for surgery.  Things were very tight for this family and mom had no money to pay for extra costs such as backpacks.  When this family came in to get their backpacks mom was in tears and the kids were jumping in excitement at the beautiful backpacks.  Mom was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from their community and were so thankful that God had provided for their needs.

    A few weeks after receiving the backpacks this mom called The Open Door and asked if someone could meet her at the curb to bring in some donations that she had.  In the past this mom has dropped off clothing and toys that her children had outgrown so we assumed it was those items.  Imagine our great surprise when we get up there and the mom hobbles over to us with some groceries that she had purchased for our food cupboard!  She said it was very important to her to give back to say thanks to God and His people for all that they've done for her and her family.  It was an incredibly sacrifical donation but one that she really wanted to make.

    Meanwhile, another single mom who works so hard had been really struggling to make ends meet.  This mom would travel over 40 minutes by bus to get to work for 5am.  She had given us a list of food items that she was desperate for.  Unfortunately our cupboard was pretty bare and we didn't have a lot of the items.  As we started processing the food donated by the first mom we were in tears as we realized that 95% of the second mom's list of needs were sitting right there in that cart!  The rest of the food that the mom needed came in from another family who used to need help from The Open Door but are now in a position where they no longer need help and are able to give back.

    What a great joy and honour it is to be at The Open Door serving those in need!

  • Responding to the Quiet Promptings of our Hearts

    We are always amazed at the ways in which God responds to our prayers.  As you know from our last post, we are in great need of food and diapers.  Although we get low we know never to worry because God always provides.

    On Tuesday afternoon two lovely ladies dropped by The Open Door.  They came bearing gifts -- two large boxes of diapers and a box of wipes!  It was an awesome surprise but it was even more beautiful to hear the way in which they had come in to The Open Door that day.  One of the ladies' mothers had heard Lynne speak at The World Day of Prayer in early March.  This mother had been really moved by the stories Lynne shared of God's work at The Open Door and she shared some of the stories with her daughter.  It had been on these two ladies' minds to come by and they were finally able to do so this week.  They wanted to bring something with them but they weren't sure what to bring.  "Randomly" (or, so they thought) they felt they should bring in diapers.  They had no idea of our great need for them!  These ladies faithfully listened to the promptings of God and their gifts have ministered to so many families in our community.

    The story doesn't end there.  As we were visiting with these ladies and sharing more stories an excited mom came in with her 5 month old baby son.  We first met this mom about a month ago, just after a flood in their apartment had claimed most of this young family's possessions.  The mom was especially excited this day because she wanted to show off her son in the clothes he received from our Clothing Distribution Day the week prior.  Mom was doubly blessed to find out that we actually had diapers she could take that day.  There are a lot of challenges as this family rebuilds and starts over, but the love and support of their community makes it so much more bearable. 

    The two ladies bearing diapers and wipes came in because of stories they had heard and left with their own story.  It is these little acts - listening to the promptings of God and following through, that can make all the difference in someone else's life and in our own.

  • Our Current Needs

    We have so much to be grateful for at The Open Door. It is such a privilege to be in the centre of the busy marketplace of Square One serving those in our community who have all different kinds of needs.  As the summer months come upon us we often see a decline in the number of donations but not in the number of people we are serving.  We  are currently in great need of the following items:

     

    Non-perishable Food Items:

    • Canned vegetables
    • Canned fruit
    • Canned meats (i.e. tuna, salmon, corned beef, etc)
    • Pasta sauce
    • Kraft Dinner
    • Pudding cups
    • Juice boxes

     

    Diapers (any size) and Baby Formula

     

    Toiletries

    • Toothpaste
    • Shampoo and conditioner

     

    We are so grateful for any help.

Did you know?


We had well over 21,000 visits to The Open Door last year.  The majority of the visits are for crisis situations but we had over 6,000 visits to our food cupboard, over 250 people attended our free Christmas dinner and approx. 170 families were provided with turkeys and gifts in their homes.

You make a difference!


Thank you to those of you who financially support this ministry, as we are run entirely by donation and do not receive any grants.  Everything in the Open Door is free.

Volunteers Change Lives!


We have wonderful volunteers who come in to give of themselves to help in this ministry, some for half a day per week – others for more time, to minister to the people who come  in for help.