SHELTER THE HOMELESS
"Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help."
We know that the most basic need for the homeless in our community is a safe place to stay the night. Without access to a stable place to live, showers, laundry, and more, it is nearly impossible for those living on the streets to break the cycle of homelessness.
While The Gospel Mission was originally founded as a rescue mission for men, our services have grown to include shelters for men, women and children, and single men with children.
At full capacity we are able to provide beds for 144 individuals, and our hope is to see that number continue to grow in the future.
Since our founding over 80 years ago, we have been providing services to men struggling with alcoholism, drug use, gambling, and other contributing factors to homelessness. We seek to build an environment that provides structure and support, allowing them to thrive and rebuild their life. By creating a culture centered in faith that promotes aspects such as volunteering, we give each man a newfound sense of self-worth, the ability to find a job, and, above all else, a relationship with God.
WOMEN AND CHILDREN’S SHELTER
Originally opened in 1999, our women and children’s program has ministered to over 2,500 individuals. Many of the women come to our shelter from an abusive situation that led to drug use and other mental health issues. We seek to show them the love of God the Father and allow them to love themselves because they are His daughters and His creation. Our counselors provide support for those battling addiction and chapel services allow the women to form and grow in their faith.
SINGLE MEN WITH CHILDREN’S SHELTER
The broken family used to be a mother and her children. More frequently, we now see men with their children seeking shelter and services. Opened in 2016, the U-shaped facility consists of four apartment-style units each with two bedrooms, a bathroom, living room, and small kitchenette. Our Single Men with Children’s Shelter is designed to be a six-month program with the goal of setting the father up for success in the future with his children. The children are required to attend school or daycare while fathers are encouraged to find a part or full-time job, attend chapel services, receive parenting and life skills training, and more. The newest of our shelters, this program is one of the few like it in the country.