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Our Staff / Board - Open Door Outreach
Executive Director - Cheryl Millman
Cheryl Millman has been the Executive Director of Open Door Outreach since it's inception in 2005. Cheryl found her heart for ministry to the poor and marginalized through her volunteer work at The CoffeeHouse in the mid 90's and left the church pastoral setting to start Open Door Outreach. She develops and facilitates programming for the women at the Provincial Correctional Centre as well as offers 1-1 mentoring. Recently she became Chaplain for the women at the Centre giving opportunity to lead weekly chapels, Bible studies and spiritual guidance. She is a graduate of Charlottetown Rural High,Tyndale College, University of Waterloo and Gordon-Conwell Seminary and is ordained with the Church of the Nazarene.
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Rev. Cheryl MillmanExecutive Directorcheryl@opendoorministries.ca
Cheryl Millman, an ordained deacon, has spent the past 10 years working to help rebuild lives by empowering the Island's marginalized women to reach their full potential.
She provides programming and one-on-one mentoring to female inmates at the Provincial Correctional Centre in Charlottetown. Terror struck the moment Cheryl Millman walked through the jail door. "Scared to death,'' the minister recalls. "When those doors banged and started buzzing behind me, I thought, 'What am I getting in to?' '' But Millman was not to be frightened away from what she saw as her true calling. For four years, she had nurtured people at The Coffee House at the former CN Pensioner's Club on King Street. She regularly encountered people facing so much need while enduring such great personal struggle. "Just lovely people when you sit down and talk to them,'' she says. In 2005, Millman and the late Wanda Livingston established Open Door Ministries (recently renamed Open Door Outreach) as a non-profit registered charity. She notes that Livingston, who had worked at the former Salvation Army Thrift Store for many years, was "street wise'' while Millman was "church wise.'' Programming has grown significantly over the first decade for Open Door. Five different programs are offered to the female inmates at the Provincial Correctional Centre in Charlottetown with focus on life skills, self-esteem, creating healthy boundaries and even working to improve the prospect for employment. "I think we really evolved as the need has evolved,'' says Millman. Programming is offered every Tuesday, 50 weeks a year, at the P.E.I. correctional centre on a rotating basis between Millman and Wendy Hawbolt. Millman also makes her way into the jail on Wednesdays to put on a meditation class she calls "soaking.'' Millman is in awe of the resiliency shown by so many of these women that have endured lives nothing short of hellish. "It is so easy to judge people ... then you sit down and hear their stories. There's some horrific stories out there.'' Millman takes each and every positive step made by an inmate as a victory for that person. Smallman opened up to Millman. She talked about her troubled life. She grieved the loss of her boys, taken years ago from an unfit mother and placed in foster care. She listened to Millman, because she saw her as a person who was genuine in effort and desire to help. "Cheryl comes across as very warm - a mothering type,'' says Smallman. "Every time I seen her, she would give me a big hug. You can feel the compassion.'' Millman was also persistent, particularly in one-on-one mentoring. She worked to set Smallman on a better path. Millman says she hopes Open Door has shown women that God loves them and that they have the potential to move forward and leave behind the life of an inmate.
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Cheryl Millman, Executive Director/Co-Founder - Open Door Ministries (Charlottetown PEI)
St. Johnâ€™s Presbyterian Church, Belfast, PE
Cheryl Millman is the Executive Director of Open Door Ministries.
She has been leading ODM through all of its various changes since 1998. Cheryl found her heart for ministry to the poor and marginalized through her volunteer work at The CoffeeHouse in the mid 90's and left the church pastoral setting in an effort to "go to them. She is a graduate of Charlottetown Rural High school, Tyndale College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Cheryl is an ordained deacon with the Church of the Nazarene. She and her husband Neal Live in Clyde River, PEI.