The complete discipleship package is designed to show the pathway to restoration and hope, identifying destructive behavior while equipping clients with the necessary resources to establish independent lives of self-sufficiency and self-determination.
Last year more than 200 men and women successfully completed various components of the Rescue Mission’s Discipleship Program.
After graduation from the discipleship program, transitional housing is made available.
“I was hungry and homeless. God led me to the Rescue Mission and I felt relief just walking in the doors. They’ve given me the strength to take care of myself and to always stay prayerful.”
– Angela, a graduate of our Life Transformation Program
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:
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.
To find out more information about our Men’s center, please call (510) 215-4868.
The Center offers dormitories and private rooms for sleeping, a dining room for meals, and showers and toiletries. It provides both initial protection and a starting point for our guests who are in need of a safe place to begin to address their problems and create a plan for the future.
Currently we have 195 shelter beds for homeless single women and women with children. Of those, 30 beds are for emergency shelter and 165 beds are for our long-term discipleship program. Last year we were at capacity 341 nights of the year.
The single mothers with children who come to the Rescue Mission are dealing with multiple issues such as a recent divorce, low income without sufficient savings to weather a job loss or a debilitating illness or escaping domestic violence.
Protection from the elements and from the hazards of street life is essential to our guests’ health and state of mind, especially for women and children. It also gives them the opportunity to begin addressing their problems. Through the combination of innovative programs, a caring community, dedicated staff and volunteers, and our guests’ desire and motivation; homeless individuals are able to regain self-confidence, learn employable skills, strengthen their family unit, and become productive members in the community.
To find out about shelter availability, please call (510) 215-4860.
Last year the Rescue Mission provided over 750,000 meals to needy men, women and children. Our program residents are able to work in the kitchen environment and train for employment in the food service sector. We maintain a strong collaboration with Contra Costa College’s Culinary Arts department which provides college credit to our culinary arts students.
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The Rescue Mission offers its graduates a 12-month stay-in transitional housing so that they can obtain employment, accumulate funds to venture out on their own, and establish healthy life patterns under the supervision of Rescue Mission staff. This final component of restoration and hope is essential to their long-term success. We can accommodate up to 16 men and 6 women with children.
During their time in transition, residents receive continued instruction and support from Rescue Mission staff, including:
A hot meal for a homeless man, woman or child is just $2.09