Cell Phone Recyling and Outreach Ministry

Operation OpenUP Community Outreach Services, Inc.
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Ben McCannPermalink Reply by Ben McCann on February 2, 2009 at 2:26pm
I would like to testify about the Goodness of God.
As you all know, Operation OpenUP collects unused cell phones with chargers then reactivates them to help unfortunate individuals in our community that have no way of receiving phone calls for needed services such as jobs and housing.

To date in 2009, I have helped over 75 people. Since the programs birth some six years ago, I have probably helped almost 200. Recently, I was fortunate enough to get a gift of several cell phones from Page Plus Cellular's corporate office in Ohio after they heard of the outreach work I was doing here in the community. And, I am working with such organizations locally as The H.O.P.E. Team, The Bethlehem House, The Urban League, Libertad Addiction Services, The Kemba Smith Foundation, Northside New Era Baptist Church, Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, God's House of Worship, WorkOne (Indianapolis), Workforce One (Shelbyville), The Dove House, Safe Haven, both Mayor's Ex-offender Forums, Maxine Waters' Second Chance Forum, The Horizon House, Wheeler Mission and many others.

With that being said, there are two facts that will always be in place for Operation OpenUp. One: There will always be people out there that need our help. Two: We will always be in need of the cell phones to help others.

I am sad to say that Operation OpenUP will be going on an indefinite hiatus to reorganize and rebuild the program. Unfortunately, we are being forced to go on hiatus as of today because we have no cash reserves to keep our outreach line on and our cell phone coffers are running low (we only have two phones). I am working to rebuild our organization, but it's hard when you are doing it all by yourself and it takes time. With that being said, God is on my side.

Prayerfully and hopefully, we will be getting a new computer thanks to sister Robie Hunter. That will help a lot! But if we cannot keep our phones on to receive outreach calls or any important phone calls pertaining to the growth and future of OPCOS, or if we do not have the inventory we need to help those in our community who turn to us or the people to help us, then we are not of much help.

Please, we do need help. Presently we can only be reached by email or a google VM phone number @ 317-376-8654. Please contact me with ideas or suggestions, an ear to bend, a shoulder to cry on or a partner to pray with.

Please consider helping Operation OpenUP Community Outreach Services by hosting a cell phone collection drive at your church, at your place of business, with your organization, among your family and friends.

Though we are not 501c3, our gifts come to us under the cover Pastor Benjamin John, God's House of Worship in Speedway. He has been so kind to us over the last several years. It pains me to have to inform him that I have been forced to put the program on hold. I have also been a member of Smaller Indiana for quite a few years and have worked with many of their members in many areas. They have been very good in helping me to collect cell phones for our ministry and outreach program in the past. I hope to reach out to my friends on SI and in other areas for help.

When I awoke this morning, I had a renewed sense of commitment. I cannot wallow in this muck and mire of unhappiness and failure. That's not me. I cannot disappoint everyone and myself, as I see a beautiful world out there that I want to continue contributing to.

Yesterday I turned to the Prayer of Serenity and I composed two lines (highlighted) that were central to what I am going through right now.

Let me share them with you.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

God grant me the knowledge and the tools to come to a wise decision.
God grant me the peace that comes with the decisions that I make.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

Thank you for your time and God Bless.

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I have been asking for help, especially with an item most people have sitting around the house. And, It doesn't take much to hold a cell phone collection drive. You just ask people to do it'.

I just can't do it all by myself. I need the help of our friends and supporters. We are a community outreach organization and I need the help of my community!

When people are accustomed to receiving quality service from an organization such as ours and you then can't help them, not only does it make one feel bad, but it affects the good reputation the organizations has worked so hard to build in the community.

Operation OpenUP Community Outreach Services helping people is based on people helping us. if we don't get the help we need then this is what happens - emails like this come in:
--- On Mon, 12/28/09, Hal Knoles wrote:

From: Hal Knoles
Subject: Cell phone
Date: Monday, December 28, 2009, 10:32 AM Miss Sherlock I would like very much to thank you for your helping me trying to get a cell phone.

I have purchased one recently and wanted to let you know that I do appreciate all the trouble and help that you had shown to me in this situation. I truly hope that you and your family have had a very

Merry Christmas as well a very great and prosperous New Year.

Thank You again.

Hal Knoles
317-512-2017 (his new phone number!)

This man had to wait for us when he was in need becaue we have had to wait for others. That is not what we do. We help people.

To give you insight, he had just signed up for unemployment when he first requested a cell phone. His case manager referred him to OP in a effort to get a phone to aid in job searches. He was not able to get a phone until he received his debit card. OP was not able to help him when he did get his card.
Consequently, we were not able to help this man and that hurts.

We had no phones to help him with and his service fee could have been used to offset expenses such as travel and office and keeping our outreach line on so that those who need help can call us.

I can only put it in God's hands.

Please help us get phones. We need them. We start with the phones and take it from there.