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Work Therapy — Putting the Homeless Back to Work

On average, homeless men at Helping Up Mission have survived 23 years of addiction, 30 months in jail, and countless nights on the streets. They’ve endured violence and suffering that destroys not just job stability, but any kind of positive work ethic. Fixing that problem is critical for recovery, and a fundamental goal of the Spiritual Recovery Program.

To prepare our homeless men to succeed in a professional work environment, they receive Work Therapy assignments that contribute to the daily operations of the Mission. Responsibilities include kitchen, laundry, and maintenance duties; transportation, reception, and environmental services; or help with on-site safety and security. These jobs are service-oriented, and provide a degree of vocational skills training.

For Homeless Men, Work Supports Recovery

In order to foster more well-rounded work experiences, Work Therapy assignments may also involve supporting roles in other Mission ministries, like like the Innovative Learning Center, our Program and Chaplain’s Offices, or the Outreach department.

Whatever their particular responsibility, this work becomes a source of pride for the men. They help keep “their house” running, gain important job skills, and earn self-respect and fulfillment that comes from a job well done.

When I first arrived at HUM, I noticed that it was the cleanest, most well-organized program I had ever seen . . . after a while you started to see organization in your own life, and that was something I hadn’t experienced in a long time.
-Roderick K., HUM Program Graduate