DOOR - Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection

Goal of Program

DOOR is a faith-based network of cities that provides opportunities for service, learning, and leadership development within the urban context. DOOR is an opportunity to encounter the city through the eyes, ears, and heart of God. We are dedicated to providing high quality, life-changing experiences for our participants, staff, board members, and the people in the communities where we are established. Our programming is rooted in the strength of local churches and communities, mutual respect, a culture of welcome and hospitality, and thoughtful reflection.

Type of Placement

Just as urban ministry is wide ranging, so are our placements. Each city welcomes multilingual volunteers. We have placements serving women, families, men, homeless, migrants, or working poor. Some placements include environmental, educational, immigration/legal advocacy, direct service, supporting services, literacy, health care, or counseling work. Short-term participants serve alongside a variety of agencies and ministries in a different project each day.

Service Area

Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; and Miami, FL

Service Length

Yearlong volunteers serve at least 11 months and may renew for an additional year. Summer staff positions are available each year. We also host service trips for weekends, weeks, and alternative breaks.

Program Size

Yearlong: Households include three to six participants each. Each city has one unit. Short-term: Each city hosts 300-600 weekend and weeklong volunteers per year.


Some yearlong placements require specific skills or 2-4 years of college. Short term participants do not require any specific skills, experience, or education.

Financial Arrangements

The yearlong program provides housing, utilities, food shared by community, small personal stipend, public transit pass, medical insurance (if needed), books for common reading and study, several retreats throughout the year, and two weeks vacation. Participants are asked to raise a portion of their support. Short-term (weekend and weeklong): visit our website ( for current rates, which cover lodging, meals, work site supplies, coordination, and staffimg.

Living Arrangements

Yearlong participants live in intentional Christian community houses. Community life is guided by a mutually-written covenant. Short-term volunteers are housed in partner churches.


All training necessary is done on-site.

Application Deadline

Yearlong program: application deadline is June 1. Weekend / Weeklong program: registrations are accepted all year.

Start Date


Andrea Sawyer-Kirksey


P.O box 3237
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 303 295-3667


[email protected]


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Ecumenical. Officially partnered with Mennonite Mission Network and the Young Adult Volunteers (YAV) program of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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