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A Message from our Founder

Michelle Ribiero Lily, Founder and CEO

Dear Friends,

The impact of this past year has spread far and wide.  It’s not a new story but one that continues to grow and worsen.  Women and children have been taken from their homes, mislead, exploited, abused, and sold for sex.  Hundreds have been rescued and returned to “homes”.  These are often temporary substitutions, with no plans of rehabilitation in countries such as Africa, Mexico, Venezuela, India, Trinidad, and Tobago.  

OGMM is a nonprofit organization that has already begun the footwork, providing assistance and acquiring connections.  We are committed to providing a sanctuary with rehabilitation on top of basic needs starting in Trinidad.  Our goal is to build a safe house with all of the necessities for these victims to rehabilitate and return to normal life. This includes food, water, clothes, physical and psychological care, and training/school.

OGMM is asking for you to join us in our mission to aid these women and children by providing food and shelter and the chance for spiritual healing.  OGMM has the opportunity to really make a difference for this specific population and we are asking for your support to meet our goal.  If you would like to further partner with us in providing continued aid to these victims, you can sponsor OGMM by going online, mailing a check, or contacting us by phone or email.  

Donations are being accepted online at 

Checks can be written to OGMM, P.O. Box 86, Sandwich, IL 60548

or payments can be set up through PayPal or Zelle


It is through the love and generous offerings of friends like you that we are able to make this possible.  Thank you in advance for your contribution and for making a difference in these lives.


Michelle Ribiero Lily

Open Gates of Mercy Ministry Founder

As the people of my country continued to suffer great hardship due to the Coronavirus, the economy went down and it began to cripple our nation.  Families are in desperate need as they fight to keep food on their tables and pay their bills.  The country of Trinidad and Tobago remained shut down for months with a curfew in place as the number of deaths were rising from the Coronavirus.  OGMM has been flooded with calls crying out in desperation for help.  We decided that we can no longer stay quiet and look on as the situation gets worse.  On the 18th of June OGMM decided to deliver over 700 hampers and meals to families.  Special thanks to all Walmart in Plano, Il for their donation of.  Blue Waters for their donation.  A & B, Chicken Depot, and Royalty Variety Store.  Thanks to all who have partnered with OGMM for this food drive.  Thank you to out volunteers who put in the work to accomplish this mission.  We appreciate you.  Glory be to God.

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Feeding Those in Need

As we began our ministry in the month of December 2020 through February 2021, we were able to donate 10 pallets of food through the local churches/ministries and to individual families by distributing food hampers to those in need.  Some of the churches that assisted in the distribution were A Life of Christ Ministry, Firm Foundation Ministry, Azrael House of Hope Ministry, House of Prayer Non-Denominational Church, The Love Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago ministry.

Spreading the Gospel to Those in Need

We were able to donate over 500 bibles to many churches/ministries and individuals/families throughout Trinidad and Tobago spreading the gospel to those in need.  Our friendly team of counselors had given their time counseling, prayer to many individual and families through this pandemic helping them to find hope and see the light through this dark and trying times.

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Support Services

Through our Support Services, we have the potential to make a real and positive change in the community. This is one of our key areas of focus here at Open Gates of Mercy Ministry, and a source of much success for our Non-Profit Organization. Get in touch with us today and see how you can lend a helping hand with this program.

Education & Outreach

Most of our efforts pertaining to this program involve studying new approaches and developing innovative ways to implement them. We evaluate our success in this field by gathering qualitative and quantitative data, and using that information to measure shifts and changes from our baseline measurements.


Community Development

We see every challenge as an opportunity, and this initiative helps us ensure that our partners are better prepared to manage the unique situations they find themselves in. We are invested in an innovative approach that empowers our community and delivers the support they need, when they need it.

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