History of United Methodist Open Door, Inc.United Methodist Open Door began in 1965 as United Methodist Urban Ministry of Wichita by a group of Methodist clergy and laity who felt that the church should be more responsive to the advocacy needs of our society.
In 1981, the country faced serious financial problems that adversely affected the local economy. In response to the crisis, United Methodist Urban Ministry became even more involved in direct service to the community and in the process became a truly public charity supported by a diverse donor base.
In 2007, the agency changed its name to United Methodist Open Door to better reflect its purpose and mission to provide food, clothing and shelter. Today the agency continues to open our doors-and hearts-to more than 14,500 people in need each month.
Thanks to the generosity of the faith community, individuals and families, local corporations, national and local charitable foundations, and local government, we successully completed a $5.4 million capital campaign in late 2011. Our new Resource and Referral Center, located at 402 E. 2nd Street in the heart of downtown Wichita, is a direct result of the campaign.
The Center opened for business in February 2012, and is home to our Homeless Resource Center, Klothes Kloset, homeless prevention program known as Vision Quest, our Transitional Housing Program office, and administrative offices.
The Center is a one-of-a-kind facility! It brings together not only Open Door's programs, but the on-site services of COMCARE Center City, GraceMed Clinic, and other community partners working to address issues of poverty, homelessness, and access to basic health care.