401 SE 2nd

Amarillo, TX 79101

806-373-6402

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Continuum of Cultural Transformation

IN OUR EXPERIENCE AT FAITH CITY MISSION WE HAVE DEALT WITH BASICALLY 5 CLASSIFICATIONS OF HOMELESS:

 

  1. Families and individuals who run into hard times, often temporary, due to job loss or some other economic hardship
  2. Those who suffer from addictions
  3. The mentally ill
  4. Those who experience “chronic” homelessness due to PTSD, abuse or some other roadblock to employment
  5. The working poor – those who are employed but whose income is not sufficient for them to obtain all their necessities: housing, food, clothing, etc.
 
 

FAITH CITY MISSION ADDRESSES THESE 5 GROUPS WITH THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS:

 

  1. REZ – An eight-month residential program providing women and families with food, shelter, safety, salvation, healing, rest and medical care while staying in house in FCM facilities
  2. Children’s Ministry – provides education and care in an enriched environment for the children of the families in the REZ program
  3. The Hope for Men and Hope for Women are year-long programs to help those struggling with addictions. 
  4. The Missionite Program allows those with mental illness to work and live on the mission site while getting medical care from off-site sources
  5. The Work Program provides housing for men who have obtained employment with the goal of  saving enough funds to get their own housing
  6. The working poor have access to free food, clothing, household goods, or emergency shelter to help stretch budgets to meet basic needs.  FREE breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served Monday through Saturday for anyone who needs a hot meal.
 

 

 

STAGES OF THE CONTINUUM:

Typically, the homeless have had a pattern of cycling in and out of programs, attempting to make it on their own, ending up homeless and returning to programs.  In order to break the cycle, which often continues for generations, FCM programs are designed to help individuals make changes in gradual steps over longer periods of time.

 

  1. Crisis – 30 days The student lives in facility, receiving food, shelter, clothing, medical and spiritual help, experiencing healing and rest.
  2. Stability – 8 months Still living on campus, the student attends classes, a church of his or her choice and a 12-step group. Chiropractic care, art therapy, exercise, life coaches, and mentors are provided to help the student heal and develop a new perspective, thought pattern and identity
  3. Transition – 4 months The goal is for the student to work toward gaining employment, obtaining a driver’s license, GED, or college classes if required.  Transportation is arranged to attend outside classes or jobs. Student is learning work place ethics, social skills, budgeting, how to handle responsibility and how to identity their particular passion in life.   
  4. Activation – 2 years Provides a Safety Net to insure the graduate of the year-long program is set up with housing, a car, After Care and often college so the graduate can continue on the path to a successful life.  An emergency fund is available to help with unplanned expenses, such as car repairs, that can devastate the budget and result in homelessness again for the graduate.
  5. Independence The graduate is working to have a home, car, insurance, savings, a family and be a part of a normal community.
  6.  Altruism Ultimately, the graduate is able to give, volunteer, and make a difference, contributing to a CULTURAL TRANSFORMATION!