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Administrative Office: PO Box 50102, Kalamazoo, MI 49005-0102
Phone: (269) 343-6064    FAX:
(269) 343-6064

E-mail: shelter@mei.net
Web: http://opendoornextdoor.tripod.com

Residence Program for Working People: Open Door, 414 Ranney, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Phone: (269) 345-1431 (from 3 pm to 9:30 pm, seven days a week)

Shelter for Men: Open Door, 414 Ranney, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Phone: (269) 345-1431 (from 3 pm to 9:30 pm, seven days a week)

Shelter for Women Next Door, 1215 W. North St., Kalamazoo, MI 49006
Phone: (269) 349-2119 (from 3 pm to 9:30 pm seven days a week)

Open: Both shelters are open 7 days a week, every day of the year.
Persons interested in shelter should call between 3 pm and 9:30 pm

Eligibility: Men and women who need a place to stay and are ages 17 to 35 and are able and willing to work.

Counties Served: Any

Referral: People needing shelter should call the menís or womenís shelter directly.

Bus line: Open Door: Westnedge Bus (#1)
                   Next Door: Alamo Bus (#7)

Directions:

Open Door, 414 Ranney. Take Westnedge south out of downtown. Ranney St. is 1st street after the light at Westnedge and Vine. Go left. Open Door is second house from the end of the block on the left. Large yellow duplex.

Next Door, 1215 W. North St. Take North St. west out of downtown. After light at Douglas and North go 1 and Ĺ blocks. Next Door is blue-gray duplex on left.

Medicaid Not applicable.

Fee None

Bilingual Yes: English, Spanish, French.

Services Offered Shelter, food, and personal mentoring for becoming self-supporting. Structured environment, small shelters: room for 6 people at each shelter.  Use of phone, computer with internet access, kitchen to prepare oneís own food, weight room at menís shelter, and bicycles. Bus tokens free to guests who are looking for work.

More info We are a Christian community of hospitality but we do not require any religious affiliation or observances (except for prayer before a weekly family- style meal). We want to serve people of all faiths and religions and people without any formal religion.

Live-in staff - reside in other side of duplex.

Structure:
Curfew at 9:30 pm unless working.
No use of alcohol and drugs.
Must find work providing 35 hours of work per week.
Must report all pay and prepare a budget with staff.
Must save 30% of all earnings for future housing.
Each guest does one chore per day to keep the house in good order.
Persons with drug or alcohol problems are welcome.
Persons with criminal records welcome.
Gay and lesbian persons are welcome.

Staff:

Executive Director Rick Stravers

Open Door Director Michael Childress
Open Door Asst. Terry Dowdy

Next Door Director Veronique Moore
Next Door Asst. Lauren Charlton

Volunteer Opportunities Yes - contact office at (269) 343-6064

Okay to publish Yes

Non-Profit Yes

Government No. We receive 10% of our support from government grants and 90% from individuals, foundations, and churches.
 

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