IS YOUR CONGREGATION LOOKING FOR AN EXCITING NEW OUTREACH MINISTRY?
A HANDS-ON MINISTRY WHERE GOD’S LOVE IS SHARED WITH OTHERS LESS FORTUNATE?
AN OPPORTUNITY TO BETTER THE LIVES OF PEOPLE FROM THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITY?
SHIP is currently seeking new host churches to participate in this worthwhile community outreach. SHIP has been GOD’s vehicle in helping 235 local homeless people restart their lives since its conception in 1994. Powered solely by GOD’s grace, S.H.I.P. is an ecumenical venture currently comprised of 18 congregations from churches primarily in the West Orange County area.
• For two weeks a year, a Host Church provides a facility, meals, supervision, and fellowship.
• Guests move from one Host Church to another every 2-3 weeks
• There are 6 to 8 Guests in the program at one time.
• Program Coordinators provide assistance as needed to Host Churches.
• Beds and portable shower (if needed) are provided by SHIP
• Guests are carefully screened homeless single adults.
• Guests must adhere to set program rules.
• Guests must be employed or find employment within the first 30 days.
• Once employed, Guests can stay up to 120 days in the program.
• Each Guest is assigned a volunteer “Personal Advisor”
• Guests learn budgeting skills and must follow strict savings requirements.
• S.H.I.P. provides each Guest with a telephone number, bus pass, and mailing address.
• Upon “Graduation” Guests are prayerfully eased into self-sufficiency.
Host Church Responsibilities
SHIP host communities (our Churches) provide a facility, meals, supervision and fellowship. Currently there are 18 SHIP host communities who work, on a rotational basis, once or twice a year.
These communities provide the basic necessities for our guests, a large area for their beds, food and supplies to fix breakfast and lunch, as well as a hot cooked dinner. Showers and laundry facilities are also needed but can be substituted by a SHIP portable shower and public Laundromats. Night and weekend supervisors are usually recruited from the host community but can be arranged for if need be. The host community volunteers usually provide dinners but help can also be arranged for this.
The Host Church Coordinator
The SHIP program coordinators work in collaboration with a coordinator from each faith community. This coordinator is the liaison between the host community and the program coordinators. The church coordinator helps with scheduling, recruiting dinner and supply providers, as well as supervisors for weeknights and weekends.
The Program Coordinators’ Role
Program coordinators provide assistance as needed by the host community. Beds are provided by SHIP. We also provide each guest a personal advisor for guidance in finding work, personal challenges, following a budget and looking for an apartment.
Guests are carefully screened adult men and women. Minimum age is 18. Guests can remain in the program for up to 5 months. A guest has 30-60 days (depending on how hard one is looking) to find a job so that he/she will have time to save enough money for first and last month’s rent, after graduation from the program.
Guests must adhere to set program rules, as well as individual host community rules. They must also follow strict savings requirements. Guests are on premises only between the hours of 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M. and all day on weekends (if currently employed).
TO FIND OUT MORE:
Those of us who know SHIP are excited to share about it with others. Come and visit SHIP or we will gladly come to your church and answer any questions you may have. There are many ways to get involved. To set up an appointment or to receive more information please contact us from this website.