A longtime Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection (DOOR) staff member, Matthew Schmitt, has announced that he will conclude his service with DOOR in May 2016.
In his eight years with DOOR, Schmitt has served as DOOR Hollywood City Director and as DOOR Staff Care Coordinator. As Hollywood City Director, Schmitt oversaw the weeklong Discover program, hosting an average of 260 youth and college service participants per year. He also guided 46 young adults through the yearlong Dwell program, helping them discern God’s call in their lives while engaging them in addressing the root causes of homelessness and other systemic issues. Schmitt worked with Marvin Wadlow, former DOOR Hollywood Assistant City Director, to increase the impact of the Discern program, predominantly hiring local young adults to serve as summer staff, develop leadership and professional skills, engage vocational discernment, and build faith and spiritual practices. Schmitt and Wadlow worked with over 30 young adults from the DOOR Hollywood neighborhood, helping them pursue school, employment, and leadership opportunities beyond DOOR.
Schmitt and Wadlow focused on building more bridges between faith, service, racial reconciliation, and social justice in all of Hollywood’s programs. They often encouraged supporters and former participants to ask deep questions about dominant narratives, to set tables of dialogue and fellowship across common racial divisions, and to engage these topics through social media beyond their time in Hollywood.
As Staff Care Coordinator, Schmitt took on a pastoral role, regularly connecting with fellow city directors to share frustrations and joys.
DOOR thanks Schmitt for his years of dedicated service and wishes him well in his next ventures.