What a great experience with Open Doors Outdoors. I was able to participate on several hikes with a group of our teens and these hikes came with expertise and a whole lot more I wasn’t expecting. I am a religious affairs airmen in the Air Force and we talk about Comprehensive Fitness, meaning how can we be mentally fit, spiritually fit, physically fit, and socially fit. Davey Edwards and the Open Doors Outdoors organization has created an experience that helps people encompass all four legs of comprehensive fitness. Being outdoors is medicine in itself. Some of these hikes were not easy but Davey Edwards did not rush you, he stood by you, encouraging you and giving positive reinforcement the whole time. It was a great time to reflect on who you are as an individual and a member of a team. I learned that even when my body is saying no I can’t go any further, my mind can be made up to finish the course strong and proud. As a youth leader it was awesome to watch our teens finish the hike with pride and it was also great to hear their feedback on how much slowing down life and getting outdoors gave them new perspective on what truly matters and is important in life, taking time to hike up and down a mountain gives you a lot of time to reflect. I am hoping that sometime in the near future I can take some of my airmen on a Open Doors Outdoors journey.
-Jessica Chenery (US Air Force)
Open Arms Open Hearts. After a recent hike with some fellow Vets I can personally attest to the therapeutic benefits experienced while 'out and about' with ODO. My service dog Annie and I were well received and Davey was very accommodating to us both. Always making sure we both were comfortable and safe. Solid commitment to Veterans, Youths and Canines. :-) We are looking forward to future outings. Blessings.
-Jeffrey Bizzarro (US Army)
The founder of Open Doors, Davey, met with me about partnering with Crossroads Student Ministry. I immediately loved his vision and mission. I was also drawn to Davey’s enthusiasm and passion for lifting up others.
We took a total of three hikes with our group we called, “expedition hike”. The teenagers and parents who joined absolutely loved the experience of getting away for the day and just being out in God’s creation. Davey was an amazing host and truly watched over our team.
If your looking for an organization that cares about veterans and building parent/teenager relationships, this is the place to connect.
-Sterling Key (Youth Minister / Crossroads Community Cathedral)
My son and I have been on a few hikes with ODO, and each one has been thoroughly enjoyable. It’s great getting back out into the woods and connecting on a different level. My wife Giselle Beloff and I are grateful to have met and befriended Davey Edwards. He’s a caring soul who places others above himself and this will benefit many people for years to come. It’s great to see a Veteran helping other Veterans in such a simple yet rewarding way.
-Chris Beloff (Army National Guard)
Davey from Open Doors Outdoors came to Veterans Base Camp and presented his program to the Veterans that live and volunteer at Base Camp. Davey was enthusiastic, genuine and easy to understand when he shared his mission to help veterans to experience healing through the camaraderie on the hike, the beauty of nature and the physiological benefits that exercise has on our nervous systems. The hike was well planned, Davey is great with communicating all that we needed to know for the hike and everyone agreed they can't wait for the next one!
-Cindy Archibald (Director / Veterans Base Camp)