OVERVIEW OF OUR COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM
The City Mission offers two branches of service: Compassionate Care and our Life Recovery Program. Compassionate Care reaches out to those most in need by offering basic services such as meals, shelter, and medical care. The Life Recovery Program assists men, women, and children who are in crisis and looking for life transformation. Our philosophy is to meet people where they are and to lead them towards their God given purpose.
PHILOSOPHY, MEASUREMENT, AND STRUCTURE
- The philosophy of our program is unique in that we believe that Character fuels everything. We offer a program to our residents that focuses on recovery, mental health, and spiritual development while providing opportunity for character development and building skills that will support an independent life moving forward. Our goal is for individuals leaving our program to be able to sustain their independence.
- Our HEIRS measurement system (Housing, Employment, Income Development, Recovery, and Spiritual Development) allows us to identify and address barriers that our clients face upon entry into our program. This tool acts as a catalyst to encourage change and to measure growth throughout the program and upon exit.
- We recently made changes to our program structure. In the new structure our residents belong to a “house” during their stay. This house holds weekly meetings, attends class and group together, completes service projects within the community, and is assigned a house coordinator. This individual serves as both case manager and counselor for all of the residents needs within that house.
A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM
At City Mission we help the homeless. From addiction recovery to shelter to employment training, from medical and legal services to biblically-based counseling, City Mission provides a comprehensive approach to ending homelessness.
Our core program is designed to provide the basic needs of food, shelter, clothing, and medical care to a broad spectrum of homeless men, women, and children. Yet City Mission is also committed to providing residents with all the tools they need to bring about permanent positive change in their lives.
One of City Mission’s greatest assets is its program of wraparound services administered through a holistic client process that starts when an individual walks through the door and continues long after his or her departure from our shelters.
We teach each resident that the lynchpin of their life success is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, which will cement their newfound gains into a genuinely successful life.
When a resident enters City Mission we conduct a thorough intake screening including a concise assessment of his or her medical health, psychosocial history, drug and alcohol condition, legal needs, physical hygiene, and spiritual needs.
Residents then receive an orientation to the mission, are assigned to a house, and receive clothing and hygiene supplies. They are offered three nutritious meals each day. For the many who arrive hungry this is their first taste of the benefits to come.
Then they are assigned case manager who completes a comprehensive individualized assessment of each new resident with an eye to dissolving their specific barriers to independent living. Referrals to outside social service agencies with their numerous resources for the poor and indigent are common once our residents are stabilized through the meeting of their basic needs.
LIFE RECOVERY PHASE
In this phase, the program broadens in scope with the goal of providing an environment that allows the resident to grow and to heal. One important area of focus is drug and alcohol recovery as eighty-five percent of our residents have chronic problems with substance abuse, and it is in dealing with this all-important root issue of homelessness that significant strides can be made toward independent living.
We also provide mental health counseling to solidify program gains as many of our residents come to City Mission with unresolved mental health issues. Individuals attend groups that address day-to-day life skills from a practical and Biblical perspective. These groups include discussion and reflection on relationships, anger management, stress, planning for the future, and self-improvement. We also utilize the Crossroads series which addresses addictive behaviors with a Christian component. Residents are also offered gender specific programming such as a women’s empowerment series and love and logic for the mothers in our shelter. A new component to our program is a series called 24/7 Dad, which focuses on building and strengthening bonds between children and their fathers. Supplemental and elective classes are offered on a rotating basis to our residents with the help of volunteers from the community.
We provide assessments to our residents in our state of the art ANSYS Career, Training, and Education Center. After being assessed residents are given the opportunity to build skills in our work therapy sites and provided with the opportunity to work towards certificates to increase their employability in the job market.
Finally residents are encouraged to deal with legal issues through our volunteer staffed legal clinic. So often we see that their fear of the judicial system vanishes as they come to realize that a simple facing of their issues can often resolve the naughtiest of legal problems. When our residents are stabilized emotionally and psychologically we place them in one of a number of internships in various City Mission departments. Continuing to foster those values which will lead to steady employment in the community classes on resume writing and interviewing help prepare them for job interviews.
In our Re-Entry phase residents prepare for their next steps. This includes additional time in ANSYS Career, Training and Education Center as they search for jobs and complete budgeting courses. They also participate in a savings program and maintain their foundation by giving back to the program and supporting the new clients that come into our doors.
Our graduates continue to receive support from City Mission through our Samaritan Care Center, which provides furniture, clothing, and food to help them settle into independent living.
Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?