About Open Gate

Our History

Open Gate was born March 4, 2007, as a non-religious outreach of Bering Memorial United Methodist Church. It all started from the fundamental questions:

“We understand what it means to be outside a locked gate, don’t we? So, who is outside the gate in our neighborhood?”

The program that resulted focuses on 18-30-year-old homeless young adults of any sexual orientation or gender identity, but with a fundamental commitment to provide a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQ young adults who generally have a very difficult time at shelters and agencies. “Safety” means not only no weapons, drugs, or alcohol, but also no violent speech or action.

Open Gate is representative of the spirit of social justice and social action that has long been a part of Bering’s history and heart. Bering has always been about serving the poor and marginalized, from caring for those sick with yellow fever, influenza, and polio to those with HIV/AIDS beginning with the crisis in the 1980s. This is Bering’s legacy and call.

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Open Gate is made up of a team of dedicated staff and volunteers

2017 Donation Sources

Open Gate relies on the generous support of our community to provide services each week. In 2017, we received a generous outpouring of support, but we cannot count on these funds to continue each year.

  • General Donations – $17,474 24% 24%
  • Grants – $16,500 23% 23%
  • Pledged Giving – $10,200 14% 14%
  • Second Blessings Rummage Sale – $9,788 14% 14%
  • Hawthorne Dinner Sponsorships – $5,121 7% 7%
  • Fundraising Events – $4,785 7% 7%
  • Fundraiser Underwriting – $4,050 6% 6%
  • Bering Altar Rail Offering – $3,618 5% 5%

2017 Total Received


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As a 501c3 tax-exempt organization, cash donations made to Bering Open Gate are tax deductible. Always consult with a tax professional prior to claiming charitable contributions on your income tax return.


Open Gate’s programs take place in the Fellowship Hall of Bering Memorial United Methodist Church.

1440 Harold St.
Houston, TX 77006

Program Hours

Every Sunday
Doors Open: 12:30pm

Open Gate Homeless Ministries