Grace Students Serve at Open Door Mission

Contributed by Loretta Gamboe, Freshman Class Secretary

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The freshman and senior classes hosted a service opportunity in April at the Open Door Mission in Omaha.

“It was really encouraging to see so many people willing to dedicate their time to getting involved in the community,” said Tate Bredenkamp, freshman class president . “We didn’t even know what we would be doing when we got to the Mission, but people still came, willing to serve any way they could.”

The morning began with a quick trip to Olsen’s Bakery for a few dozen donuts, and soon after that students left for the Open Door Mission. Upon their arrival, students toured the facilities before proceeding to the Timberlake Outreach Center. 20160408_114409 (2)This donation center is where families in need can come to get things like food, clothing, and bedding. Students sorted men’s clothing and organized women’s clothing. A few people helped to fold and organize bedding, and the rest of the students helped carry things to the cars of people being served by the donation center. Before leaving, the students also took the initiative to help organize the toy area.

Courtney Duba, the freshman class treasurer, said that it was “wonderful to see college students making an impact in the community with an organization that helps those in need.”

In one semester alone, through the Grace University Servant Leadership Training Program, students have given more than 8,100 hours of service to the community.

Grace University, located in Omaha, Neb., is a regionally accredited, private Christian university with more than 40 diverse areas of study for undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion students including education, business, psychology, music, nursing and Christian ministries. The university’s mission is to develop servant leaders for the home, the church and the world through excellence in biblically integrated education.