A pastor and two layman begin a street outreach and coffeehouse ministry for young adults on Friday evenings. The group secured a rental house on Rodd Street and called the ministry The Open Door.
The ministry is incorporated as a 501(c)3, under the name The Open Door Youth Outreach of Midland.
The ministry moves to 120 Benson Street, formerly Shorty’s Pool Hall and Card Room, continuing to operate a coffeehouse ministry on the weekends. The ministry also begins weekly outreach into the Midland County Jail and begins offering short-term shelter to homeless men.
The ministry moves to 412 W Buttles Street and begins a community soup kitchen, serving a noon meal, Monday through Saturday.
The ministry purchases 409 W Indian Street, opening a homeless shelter for women and children.
The ministry purchases property on E Chippewa River Road and move the women and children to this new location, designated as the House of Mercy.
A clothing assistance program is officially organized.
Restoration House, a long-term program for returning citizens, is launched in the 409 W Indian Street building.
New branding as Midland’s Open Door.
The ministry adopts a newly focused mission and ministry model that includes providing professional services such as case management and counseling with a desire to see individual lives transformed by the gospel of Christ.