Each discipleship program member spends approximately 1,040 hours in classes, which may include GED studies and preparation, and even college level courses at a local community college. In addition, every discipleship program member spends over 1,000 hours in a therapeutic job-skills training assignment learning the disciplines associated with an employable trade-skill commensurate with their career goals.
Individual and group counseling sessions are held on an on-going basis, and each program member attends three sessions per week. Counseling sessions address the following:
- Legal issues
- Family relationships and means of restoration
- Outstanding financial issues (such as back taxes or child support)
- Anger management
- Household budgeting
- and other practical life-skills
More than a third of the men who seek shelter at the Bay Area Rescue Mission have served in the armed forces and recent studies indicate that there will be a significant increase in that number as our troops return from fighting the war on terror.
Many of our guests struggle with mental/emotional issues and addiction disorders. Declining wages have put housing out of reach for many workers in California. Veterans answered the call when needed and they should be honored and cared for. At the Bay Area Rescue Mission we believe that those who put their lives on the line for us deserve to be honored and treated with respect.