Employment Preparation & Procurement,
Homeless & Housing,
Mission: We provide christ-centered, discipleship-oriented pathways and programs that restore dignity and wholeness to men, women, and children.
Programs: Men's programs - food, shelter, clothing, and personal care items are provided to men as they come to the mission seeking help. Facilities include emergency shelter, transitional housing, and programs that encourage men to make progress toward leading more productive, self-sufficient lives. In 2017, bethel hotel provided beds in our emergency shelter for up to 194 men per day, and another 109 beds for men in our transitional housing programs. In addition, 24 beds are used by men participating in our discipleship program. Over the course of the year, 1,543 men were served in our shelter and transitional housing facilities. Approximately 24 men at a time are taught to rebuild their lives on principles of the bible in the mission's residential discipleship program. In 2017, 38 men attended classes designed to increase spiritual knowledge, improve academic abilities, and develop important life skills. In 2017, support services offered case management and therapeutic services to 530 men who have lived on the men's campus. Staff and social work interns from the support services program connect clients with the resources needed to develop relational and spiritual support systems, address physical and mental health care needs, develop appropriate life-skills, and find safe, affordable housing. The christ recovery center is a four-phase residential recovery program designed to help men work through chemical dependency issues. 111 men were offered the tools needed to break free from the grip of addiction in 2017.
food services - in 2017, nearly 391,000 healthy meals were provided to homeless and hungry people. Two ugm kitchens serve three meals a day. On average, the men's campus cafeteria serves over 16,000 on-site meals monthly. Additionally, over 1,800 meals are served monthly at our naomi family residence, and two meals a day and snacks are provided at our child development center (over 900 on average per month)during the week of thanksgiving 2016, over 56,000 complete take-home meals were given to families in need. Approximately 2,000 meals were delivered to local high rises for thanksgiving and christmas. Over 1,700 holiday meals were served on-site during thanksgiving, christmas, and easter.
youth and family programs - our licensed child development center provides services to children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years of age. In 2017, 50 children were enrolled. Originally developed to care for children of our naomi family residence, today our child development center reaches into the surrounding community and also serves families of individuals employed in the downtown area. In connection with providing quality child care, the child development center continued to hold the naeyc accreditation in 2017. The bethel buddies mentoring program was offered on thursday evenings during the school year at bethel university, providing tutoring opportunities and enrichment for 20 students, ages 6-17 years old, each week. The discovery program offers the children of naomi family residence pastoral care and a variety of activities designed to address the needs of the whole child. Weekly individual visits with a youth and family chaplain provide children with a safe place to experience hope and healing. 24 children were served during 2017. The mission's ober community center reaches out to the st. Anthony, rondo, and frogtown neighborhoods of st. Paul. In 2017, the center served 88 students through discipleship groups, on-site tutoring programs, sports teams, and other activities. This facility is also regularly used by other community programs. The asian ministries program reaches out to serve youth and their families. The yes, lighthouse, and thrive programs provide tutoring, mentoring, bible studies, and youth groups for elementary, junior high, senior high, and post-secondary students. In 2017, 128 youth and children benefited from these programs.