“Nobody ever told me the repercussions of what I was doing… Everything I had accumulated for myself, I lost it.” -Former Resident
Finding yourself lost in a hopeless situation like this one is a similar story told by thousands of homeless men who have come to our Men’s Shelter seeking help. Not all have accumulated the same, but each has lost greatly.
We shelter over 1,000 different men each year and provide them with a comfortable bed, three meals a day, clothing, medical care, addiction counseling, job training, education assistance, and a structured environment with biblical mentoring.
Each man comes with different burdens, but our caring staff develops vital relationships with these fragile souls so they can find the best path for their recovery. Those who come to our Men’s Shelter are given productive work and have no time limit for how long they can stay. We believe that permanent change takes time, and we want to allow every man whatever time it takes to become stable and successful.
According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, a high percentage of homeless individuals struggle with substance abuse. It is estimated that 38% of those experiencing homelessness abuse alcohol and 26% abuse drugs. In a recent study, two-thirds of men reported the main reason for their homelessness was drug or alcohol misuse.
To build hope into these lives we offer special addiction recovery classes as part of our men’s programming. Groups meet weekly where the attendants are encouraged by student testimonies, practical Bible lessons, along with individual and group counseling. We provide workshops, one-on-one sessions and training materials to keep men focused on discipleship and recovery throughout the week. Because habits are not built overnight, they are also not quickly broken. At Good News, we help bear the burden alongside these men for as long as they need.
Our addiction recovery programming is state recognized and complies with most court mandated rehabilitation classes.
Being released from jail or prison can be one of the scariest and most vulnerable times for the thousands of citizens released from U.S. correctional facilities each week. If an individual has been released from DOC, but has no money and nowhere to live, their only option is to be homeless or find a shelter. Unless they have proper support and guidance, many of these people will return back to lifestyles of abuse and criminal activity.
At Good News, we want to provide hope to those who have none. We understand the difficulty of finding a job again, having no money for transportation, acquiring the proper identification, working with community corrections and parole/probation officers, and the many other aspects that go along with post-incarceration steps. If a man has no other option or wants additional reentry support, they can request to be dropped off right at our doors upon release.
Our experienced staff help residents succeed and build a new lifestyle to keep past mistakes from being repeated.
A large number of men find themselves homeless due to a lack of job skills, making it very difficult to find stable employment. Because of this, onsite job training is provided in a variety of skill areas such as retail, parts manufacturing and management. We will even help build a professional resume and include the training and work done while here at Good News. Job placement is the next step for many men, and our counselors work with each man to find a reliable, full-time job to help maintain a lifestyle of stability.
Although homelessness can come to individuals from any background, education can be one of the main factors leading to a person or family becoming homeless. Many struggle with debt and paying bills due to a lack of work eligibility or skills. Without rent money and people to turn to, becoming homeless can happen very suddenly.
We understand that if someone is truly going to have lasting stability, they need proper education tools. One of the many services we provide is the opportunity to go to classes and receive free HSE (GED) tutoring and when ready, Good News will pay for the testing.
If the high school diploma has already been achieved, we will work with each individual and help them be placed into skill trade training or some other form of higher education. Most homeless and poor can receive grant money to make this a reality. Good News provides free housing, hot food and a bed to call your own so those experiencing homelessness can focus on needed education.
It is easy at times to just walk past a homeless neighbor and forget that they are still needy people, no matter what caused their situation. Each is a unique individual in need of love, comfort, and empathy. Every man, woman or child requires time, effort, and support to become stable and self-sufficient. Personal, one-on-one counseling is offered to each resident for as long as they are with us. We have counselors on site morning and evening so that each resident can be worked with around their schedule.
Counseling at Good News focuses on root causes that bring about the outward devastation that homelessness creates. Substance abuse, marital and relationship counseling, sexual abuse, violence, anger and aggression, mental health and many other topics are areas that our counselors lovingly work through with each resident.