From the moment someone walks through our doors, we work hard to empower them — one small step at a time — by building within them the confidence to take ownership of their lives. This typically happens in three stages: relief, restoration, and transformation.
RELIEF comes in the form of offering food, clothing and shelter in a compassionate, respectful way as we build relationships with our guests. We provide relief to over 220 people every day through our shelters, Main Ingredient Restaurant, and Outfit Outlet Clothing Store. We know that simply offering free services, as nice as these are, won’t bring lasting change. This is why the goal in all three of these areas is to first gain relational trust. This is extremely important because many of the people we serve have relational barriers that have them feeling stuck in the situation they find themselves.
Once we gain their trust and the person is ready for real life change, we can start to do the work of empowering them down the road of restoration that leads to transformation.
RESTORATION happens as we empower our guests to take responsibility to address the challenges they face. 85% of the men and women that come to the Mission for shelter enter one of our restoration programs. As they enter our Getting Things Done, program they have the opportunity to set goals and accomplish them over the course of ten weeks while living at the Mission. We meet with these guests daily to encourage them to stay the course, and weekly to empower them to plan their next steps. These individuals also invest time every day completing tasks that keep our facilities a pleasant place to live, and we embolden them to become part of a positive environment that helps other people in need. Over the course of these ten weeks, most of our Getting Things Done participants accomplish their goals and leave better equipped to live a more responsible life in our community, and they do not immediately return to camping out.
TRANSFORMATION happens as individuals choose to invest in themselves by committing to two years of discipleship in our Upper Room Transitional Living program. As these men and women enter this program, we assign them a mentor from the community that will walk with them over the course of the program and encourage them to rely on God as they learn to mature in their faith before tackling the challenges of the world. Over the course of two years, whole life transformation comes as the individual is challenged to love God, learn about God, and live for God, and as a result they are empowered to take ownership of their lives, and with confidence, set long-term goals and achieve their dreams.
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