Homelessness is much more than a beggar on a city corner with tattered clothing and an empty bottle beside him. It’s men, women, and children who have fallen on hard times—they’ve been laid off, abused, left behind and are looking for a second chance.
Take Terry, for example:
Terry (name changed to retain anonymity) says the first night he was homeless he slept on the steps of a church. He was leaving behind domestic disputes and a broken marriage. He has been living at Christ House Men’s Transitional Shelter since October. He’s focusing on his job and school right now so he can provide for his two boys the way his father provided for him.
“We want to be more than three hots and a cot,” says one of our Christ House volunteers. His seemingly simple answer reveals the complexity of Christ House, where the focus is to provide a transformational experience for previously homeless men.
Catholic Charities staff members and volunteers assist the men as they transition from homelessness to independent living by following the Catholic approach to treating the whole person: breaking down physical, spiritual and emotional barriers, in addition to barriers to housing.
The 18 men that call Christ House home go through an extensive interview process to live there. They reside at Christ House for six months as they receive support in overcoming barriers and moving on to independent housing.
To help these previously homeless men successfully reclaim independence, we help with:
- Housing Preparation
- Family and Social Relations
- Substance Abuse
- Employment Networking and Training
- Computer Skills
- Debt Reduction
- Spiritual Renewal
- Legal Support
- Mental Health Counseling
These are achieved in a myriad of ways: the men have one-on-one meetings with a Christ House case manager, attend group therapy counseling sessions and participate in enrichment programs, often led by volunteers, during the evenings. Ultimately, everything points the men towards a transformational experience.
“I know it’s cliché, but Christ House has been such a blessing for me,” says Terry. “God’s timing really is perfect.”
How can YOU be a blessing to those at Christ House like Terry? How can YOU help the homeless population? Sign up as a volunteer, make a financial donation and pray for our Christ House residents to be transformed by the love of Christ.