Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I stay at Hope if I'm not a Christian?
Keep in mind that our programs operate with a faith-based curriculum, meaning that they introduce our residents to who Jesus is and require attendance at a Christian church service on Sunday mornings. However, Hope Gospel Mission doesn’t require its residents to believe in God, be saved, or agree with our statement of faith to be part of our programs. This means that we have even had atheists and residents of other religions participate in our programs.
- Can my church be involved with Hope Gospel Mission?
We are always looking for help with tasks such as
- Driving residents to appointments,
- Preparing meals,
- Assisting the resident managers with intake,
- Helping us process the 100,000+ donations our stores receive every month so we can use that money to support the resident’s programs.
Another way churches can be involved is by becoming one of our partnering network churches. For logistical purposes, we limit the number of churches working with our residents to a manageable number. However, if your church is considering being a partner church, call our chaplain and discuss the process to see if your church is interested (715-828-5362). Our chaplain will discuss things such as availability of mentors, ability to transport residents, small group Bible study opportunities, and other topics. Because of our faith statement and ministry orientation, we seek to partner with evangelical Christian churches with the goal of helping our residents connect and grow with their new church family.
- Do I have to pay to stay at Hope Gospel Mission?
For residents in our Short-Stay Program (1-30 days):
For residents in the Renewed Hope Program:
Residents in the in the Renewed Hope Program, which comes after the Short-Stay Program, do not pay any fees. In fact, residents in the Renewed Hope Program actually receive spending money. Residents also receive financial rewards for completing goals in this program. They are provided with food, clothing, money to pay child support obligations, money to pay off their debt, and more. Residents also receive money to build an emergency savings fund and receive a donated automobile upon program completion.
For residents in the Discipleship Training Program:
Once residents in the Discipleship Training Program (DTP), which comes after the Renewed Hope Program, begin employment outside the Mission and have a steady income, we ask them to contribute a a pre-determined share of household expenses as they are living in our smaller transitional homes alongside other DTP residents. We don't want them to become financially dependent on us or any other agency, and this contribution helps them take ownership and responsibility for themselves in order to transition them back into independent living. Once residents complete the DTP, they are reimbursed half of the fees they paid.
- Do you have more information on HGM's proposed new men's facility?
You can find more information by clicking here.
- Do you take in everyone that comes to your door?
Hope Gospel Mission has chosen to adopt a mission statement and core values that differentiate us from a stereotypical homeless shelter. In fact, although many of the candidates that come to our door are homeless, we specifically categorize ourselves as a rescue mission, not a homeless shelter. Although we meet temporal needs and offer short term stays, the difference lies in our desire to offer programming, case management and complete life-change solutions.
This means that our ultimate goal is not to provide housing but to see the lives of the homeless and needy transformed for the glory of God, into the people that God created them to be.
We reach out to the homeless and needy but our intention is not to be a transient shelter. We offer real life-change to those who want to stop the cycle and get a fresh start or new beginning.
- Does Hope Gospel Mission turn people away?
While we try to help as many people as possible that come to our door, there is a small percentage of people that come to us who aren’t eligible to stay with us.
This might happen because someone has children and we cannot yet accommodate families in our homes. Another reason may be because they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol when they come to our door. In order to protect our existing residents from potential relapse, we ask these candidates to come back when they are sober. There is also the rare occasion where we are concerned about a candidate's unresolved violent history and decline their stay in order to protect our existing residents. However, in these cases we refer these individuals to other area agencies that could help them.
- Will I be asked to work if I join the program?
Our programming has the goal of helping a candidate become self-supportive.
The Bible teaches us that if you are able to work, you should work (2 Thessalonians 3:10). One of our core values is to not enable people in their addictions or contribute to any attitudes of entitlement. As we address the root issues of homelessness, poverty and addiction, we focus our resources on helping people stop the cycles of poverty and addiction and create an environment where they can be successful in life. We want to help people become all that God created them to be. Governmental aid, such as unemployment compensation, is a useful safety net but shouldn't be a lifestyle.
We understand that there are some people who are completely unable to work. In these cases we connect these individuals with other local agencies who are specialized in this field.