Transitional Home for Women
The Neighborhood Christian Center’s Transitional Home for Women is a Christian based transitional home that will provide a temporary transitional bridge for women who desire a sober and supportive environment to help continue long term sobriety. The women who will reside in the home will agree to live a life clean and sober outside of recovery centers and remain active in their new life program. Center’s Transitional Home will provide support services through a 6 to 12 – month program; that will address the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of life. Residents will be required to attend mandatory classes and be assigned a mentor, They will seek, find and maintain employment, while working closely with the Center’s Workforce Development Team. They will maintain a workable budget, acquire domestic skills and achieve goals of self-sufficiency.
Life Skills Enhancement that will be focused on in this Program:
Addiction – continue education regarding relapse prevention; setting goals to continue long-term sobriety
Employment – maintain steady employment that will meet immediate and long-term financial goals
Relationships – continue education focusing on healthy parenting, dating, marriage, co-worker relationships
Education – explore avenues of future education to improve success in being self-sufficient
Short- and Long-term Goals – learning to set goals to meet immediate needs, while learning to be forward looking in setting goals for the future
The Road Less Traveled
Along with our Education & Discipleship classes, Children & Youth programs, food pantry, clothes closet, we have three transitional homes. Currently, one is filled with 4 awesome ladies who have been there between 3 months and over a year. Even though they are at different stages of life, they all have one main goal, to follow Christ. To accomplish this, they decided that the Neighborhood Christian Center Transitional Home would be a safe environment where they could find help in achieving their goals. These women chose the road less traveled that leads towards a better life with Jesus at the center. They spend their days volunteering at the Center (one is on staff!), taking classes like Parenting and Breaking Free, Jobs Skill training in order to secure future employment, exercising, learning to balance priorities, and having quiet time to just be still. A very exciting part of the month is spending time with their children. Whether it is at church or Chuck E Cheese, the time spent with their precious ones is indescribable.
We are asked by many ladies for an application to our Transitional Home. When someone completes an application, a staff member will interview the applicant. A decision is made by staff if the person is a good fit for our program. All programs are different and may not be suitable for some people. A lot of prayer and discernment go into each decision. God has a plan and we lean on His guidance for this ministry. We are excited to see these women grow in so many ways. Our hope and prayer is that when these ladies are ready, they will thrive outside of our cover and hold on to God’s promises for their life.
The Neighborhood Christian Center’s Leadership Home is located in one of the neighborhoods we serve. We have taught Backyard Bible Clubs to neighborhood children, women’s classes and mentoring, middle school girls program and hosted block parties. We are getting ready to start back several of these programs. The home has gone through a recent remodeling and it looks amazing. We are grateful to Glenn Byrd, Shawn Swanson, Jonas Swanson, Dale & Christy Guess for all their hard work in renovating the home and to all those who filled the home with furniture and beautiful furnishings. It has been incredible to watch how God has brought together so many different people to help renovate, clean, tidy up landscaping and donate the furnishings for this home. Whether items came from donations to the the Center, people’s homes or newly purchased items, it looks like God hand-picked it all to match. Our desire is to raise up leaders in the neighborhood we serve, so that they will be equipped to take on positive leadership roles in their community. We are excited to have the Eze family move in the home to be missionaries to this neighborhood. We are thankful for Bethany and her children’s desire “to be good stewards and that it won’t be just a house for us, but a testimony of what God is able to do and that we will be a light to those around us!” Ephesians 3:20-21: “ Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.” Amen.
A Message from Bethany (resident of Leadership Home): Many of us have always had a plan for life and how we see it going. I was married in 2003, and life looked good. He accepted his call into ministry and I ministered my first message on his heels. Seven years later, after being youth pastors and ministering to other couples, I was on the road to divorce with my three precious children asking God, “Why is this happening? What is going on? This is not a part of the plan.” But God is such an amazing God. In the last four years, He has allowed my children and I to always have what we need and then some. I have also been blessed to go back to school and continue in ministry to give others hope (even when I have felt unworthy to minister) in Jesus Christ, by letting them know, “There is nothing too hard for God if you trust Him.”
I never thought I would be a single mother. It was never part of my plan. However, God said, “I know the plans I have for you. I had a purpose for your life before a man came into your life and it does not stop because things in your life seem to have gone wrong. My ways are not your ways nor are My thoughts your thoughts.” The Neighborhood Christian Center has provided a beautiful home for my children and me. I continuously prayed for God to deliver us from our two-bedroom apartment (that I was thankful for). I did not know how this would happen, but then the center and its partners provided a beautiful home for my family. This is further proof of God’s love and His plan for my life and my children. This is an opportunity for our family to be used for God’s work and His glory. God created us to do His will and my prayers have been that God will use this family to draw people to Him. Having the opportunity to live in the Leadership Home is not just to have a nice house, but a stepping-stone for us to be a light to this community and the surrounding neighborhood, to let others know that God loves them despite their circumstance. Things may appear bad, but God still has a purpose for everyone’s life.
Matthew 5:15 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
I am nothing without Jesus Christ. My desire is that a woman out there will come to know the love of Christ and that He has a plan for her and her children. There have been many sleepless nights and tears. There were times I felt like throwing my hands up in defeat, but something on the inside knew that God had a plan and that He was not finished. I want to tell other women to just hold on a little while longer. This is not the end no matter how it may look. God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we can ask or think if we only trust Him and seek Him.
Ian, Samara, Jeremiah, and I are thankful to God. We are grateful for God’s love and the favor He has shown through the Neighborhood Christian Center and all of its partners. There is no way to express the joy and appreciation we feel. I hear the kids running through every room thanking God for what He has done and my seven-year-old daughter told me, “This is only the beginning of what God is going to do, Mom.” Everything is so beautiful and it feels like home a cozy home. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. God has used each of you to push us further into our destiny. God bless you all!
We are praying about the use of our third home.