A recent referral to WVRM’s program had been housed twice with support from the Housing First Initiative (a government program). Now the person is homeless again. This illustrates that the root cause of homelessness must be addressed first. In the medical field, you address the problem before you can expect recovery.
Union Mission’s goal is recovery. Housing is only one part of recovery. Money management is another aspect, addressing addiction is yet another. Depending on the homeless person there can be a laundry list of items to address. Common sense dictates that you can only help those that want help. Success is not determined by what the Mission does, but hinges on residents following instructions as they recover.
If you have no expectation, then no expectation can be met. We expect behavioral and lifestyle changes. We believe homelessness and addiction are spiritual issues. For that reason, Union Mission has a spiritual component to our recovery program. We are not embarrassed about believing the Bible or employing its principles in our program. These Biblical principles are the basis of behavioral and lifestyle changes. We set financial goals for a resident to meet. We have medical goals for our residents on a need-basis as well as mental hygiene treatment goals. Our program attempts to address the whole individual. Our hope is to have services in place before they leave our facility.
Union Mission is not just a place to stay: it is a place to stay if you want to work on recovery. We temporarily house homeless people in hopes they will allow us to help them. We feed the hungry because feeding the hungry is what God wants us to do. The story is told of a young man sitting on a park bench with God. The young man asks God, “Why do you allow people to go hungry and suffer?” God answers, “I was going to ask you the same thing!”
Union Mission exists to alleviate as much suffering and hunger as we can. We are not under the impression that the homeless and hungry have no responsibility. We recognize they have little resources with which to address their immediate needs. This is where we come in – addressing the immediate needs and providing assistance to equip them for a new and better life.
We invite you to join us in the “hospital” called Rescue. We cannot do it without you!
George E. Batten