Lydia’s Gate officially opened its doors September 22, 2012, hosting nine guests in its first night! With many thanks to one particular guest, Larry, who packed plenty of handy man skills, the home received many needed improvements! Built in 1928, and one of the earliest homes in Oscoda County – complete with carriage barns and horse stalls – there was much to be done in the way of tidying up! The original owner of the home was a window maker, so as expected, Lydia’s Gate contains forty windows! No small task, window frames and jambs were painted and screens were created, thanks to generous donations and lots of our friend Larry’s time! Doors were refurbished, trim and flooring were polished, and the handicap ramp was installed, as well as a new dryer! So, WE CELEBRATE the opening of our doors and the many volunteers who made this possible, with a special “thank you!” to our guest and friend Larry!
Ever wonder why we’re called Lydia’s Gate? See Acts 16:13-15
13 On the Sabbath we (Paul & Silas) went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. 14 One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. 15 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.
Lydia’s Gate became incorporated (was founded) on December 15, 2011 and received 501(C)(3) status on April 24, 2012. A Director was hired June 18, 2012 and Lydia’s Gates doors opened to the public on September 22, 2012.
Purpose: “Lydia’s Gate is organized exclusively for the purpose of receiving and administering funds for charitable, religious, educational or scientific purposes as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code. In accordance with Christ’ teachings, Lydia’s Gate, a faith-based emergency shelter, provides housing for women and children who are temporarily without a place to stay.”
Lydia’s Gate is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.