What we do

Hawthorne Dinners

Each week, we provide a made from scratch, family-style dinner for our participants. This gives them an opportunity to relax in a safe, supportive, environment while ensuring they have a full meal.

All for the cost of a night out

Providing one meal for 30-40 participants costs $175. When you multiply that by 52 weeks, it’s easy to see why our dinners are our biggest financial need.


Without a home or even stable housing, many of our participants are forced to keep their personal belongings with them at all times because they have nowhere to leave them without fear of them being stolen..

More than just a bag

We provide a new, high-quality backpack that is often filled with essentials, like socks, blankets, underwear, and items that help ensure our participants can survive during this difficult time.

Additional Programs

Open Gate programs take place every Sunday. Doors open at 12:30pm.

All our programs take place in the Fellowship Hall of Bering Memorial UMC. The street entrance to our Fellowship Hall is located on Mulberry Street.

Infant Packs

Mothers and fathers can pick up the essentials needed to care for their young ones, like diapers, wipes, formula, and more.

Hygiene Packs

Pick up the essentials you need, such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, and more.

Clothing Closet

Visit the clothing closet for new and gently used clothes so you always have something clean to wear.

Life Skills & Empowerment Services

Get plugged in with resources to enable you to overcome challenges and develop skills needed to become fully independent.

Interested in Helping?

There are countless ways to support Open Gate. Tell us a little more about how you'd like to help and a member of our team will be in touch.