The Open Door Ministries beginning was September of 1996. After two decades of ministry, the miracle continues as we broaden our service to this community.
The Open Door is indebted to the vision of two ladies, Ophelia Hart, and the late, Connie White, who working alongside the leadership of Long’s Chapel UMC, had the vision to believe a ministry like this could prosper in Haywood County. Their love and loyalty to this ministry is well documented on the written page as well as the hearts of those who remember their selfless contribution.
Many others have blazed the trail behind them to make The Open Door what it is today. We now serve over 33,000 meals annually, provide tangible items to those in need through The Second Blessing Thrift Shop, help with financial assistance, offer hot showers, give out 1,120 food boxes per year, offer a laundry room for our clients, and have local hairdressers available to give hair cuts in our salon.
Most important of all, in keeping with our mission statement, “renewed hope is given to people and lives are being transformed through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.