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The Open Door Mission strives to give individuals their necessities  so they can focus on getting back on their feet.

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     Here at the Open Door Mission we believe no one should have to go a night being hungry or cold, especially the men and women who served our country. Since 1967 we have been providing meals, shelter, clothing, Internet/Computer access, and anything else we are able to our residents. A majority of our funding comes from either donations to our store or monetary donations from individuals like you.

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Our goal first and foremost is to provide every individual with the necessities they need.

We offer Free meals daily to the public using all of the food that is donated by our community.

Our homeless shelter is open 365 days a year. With covid on the down slope of its curve our shelter is expecting to be getting more residents once again as certain services offered by the state reach their end


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With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with this challenge. Food Donation Drop-Off is something that we take very seriously, and our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact. Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause.

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Our homeless shelter provides a place to stay in a shared room setting with access to Internet, computers, a shared television, clothing, washers dryers, and more. With Covid seeming to be reaching its end many of our shelter restrictions are being lifted. We ask that residents show us with a proof of vaccination to stay at our facility, or a negative covid test. We also have staff that are more than willing to help sign up residents for a vaccination if they have not yet.

The top floor of our building houses our veterans and transitional residents. Residents up here have all the same benefits as residents in the homeless shelter. Residents here will be provided with a bedroom, which has access to our WiFi, and a shared common space with some small kitchen appliances and a large communal refrigerator.


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The thrift store at our facility is what provides a large portion of our funding. All of our items are generously donated by individuals and businesses located within our community. We take all clothing donations if the clothing is in good condition with no rips, stains, or odors. We take most Housewares, furniture and Electronics. 

Items the thrift store will NOT take are 

  • Couches                                                                                       Laptops

  • Televisions                                                                                    Printers

  • Large appliances                                                                         DVD or VHS players

  • Desktop Computers                                                                    Hard Wired lighting

  • Toys                                                                                               Video Game Systems

  • Mattresses                                                                                    Car seats

  • anything with rust, tears, stains, odors, etc.                              Magazines or Encyclopedia sets
    skis or ski boots

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"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Emma Lazarus


31 Park St, Rutland, VT 05701, USA

(802) 775-5661 (802) 773-3568

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