Men who arrive at the Mission on a daily basis for a hot meal and shelter are accommodated in our Overnight Guest program. Their beds are reserved for the night through our daily intake process, which occurs from 1:00pm to 6:00 pm. They can stay for thirty days initially and then are placed on a 15-day- in/15-day-out rotation to encourage them to find permanent housing. The men are also encouraged to consider enrollment in any of the other Men’s Ministry programs.
RTW is a work/training program for homeless and unemployed men and women who are ready to transform their lives. RTW employs and empowers these men and women to help themselves out of homelessness toward self-sufficiency. They provide cleaning services for several business districts in the city. The nine- to 18-month program includes a residential component that provides a clean, safe place to stay for those in need. Participants are paid, receive social service support, adult educational and job training.
STP is a 12- to 18-month residential rehabilitation program to free men from the control of drugs, alcohol and other sinful behavior by establishing an active relationship with Jesus Christ. The program can accommodate 40 students in systematic Bible study, biblical counseling, regular drug testing and work therapy. Classes in reading, writing, math, job readiness and computer skills are provided, along with reading and math tutoring for individual students. After completing the STP, men enter a “Transition Period” where they seek employment and are mentored through a gradual transition back into the community. A relationship with a strong local church is required to help deter relapse and ensure the graduate's continued growth and accountability. We encourage and facilitate restoration of family relationships and a return to productive, independent living.
The following programs and services are available to men who receive Mission assistance as guests of the Mission:
The Work Program provides assistance to men who are currently employed full-time but have no place to live. They receive a reserved bed for 90 days initially and are required to save 50 percent of their net earnings on a cumulative basis each payday. This savings is used to secure their permanent housing after leaving the Work Program.
The Veterans Substance Abuse and Recovery Program (SARP) memorandum of understanding (MOU) is an arrangement with the Veterans Administration (VA) to provide temporary housing for up to six veterans in the VA treatment program while their VA transitional housing is arranged. A veteran’s average stay at the Mission is two to four weeks.
Work Therapy Program
The Work Therapy Program provides ten guests the opportunity at no cost to work part-time supporting Mission-related work activities. The men receive minimum wage for their services and build their job skills and references. Their beds are reserved for up to a year, and they are required to seek full-time employment and permanent housing by the end of their term. They are required to save 50 percent of their earnings each payday. They may also be considered for transition to the Mission’s Ready To Work or other programs.
So Others Might Eat (SOME) MOU Program
By MOU with fellow nonprofit SOME, men receive temporary shelter at the Mission while SOME serves them during the day and seeks a place for them in one of SOME’s safe houses. Guests from SOME receive a reserved bed for the duration of their stay, which is typically three to four weeks.
Special Circumstances Program
The Special Circumstances Program assists those who do not qualify for other Central Union Mission programs but are in need of short-term residential services and support. Participants must be involved in a productive activity that will lead to self-sufficiency, such as school, training or part-time employment. Examples of individualized goals include housing, employment, literacy, GED or External Diploma, vocational opportunities and money management coaching and accountability.
Extended Support Program
Extended Support Program participants struggle with mental illness, cognitive impairment and/or physical impairment and are without family or other caretaker resources. Individuals are assessed and deemed eligible based on the Mission’s ability to support appropriately their level of care as well as their motor and cognitive skill level. When feasible, the Mission assists them with obtaining health and income benefits and suitable employment.