To help men take their lives in a new direction, we offer comprehensive programs that include job training & placement services, life skills & relapse prevention, progressive housing & transitional housing for Veterans.
How Matthew Makes a DifferenceTRAINING & JOB PLACEMENT
Program participants must be employed full time to remain at Matthew 25. Job training is available for those who enter the program on a conditional basis. A “work therapy” program will soon be developed for those entering the program with a poor work history and other behavioral problems that can be corrected in a group setting.
LIFE SKILLS & RELAPSE PREVENTION
Homelessness is not an accidental situation. Living without a home is for the most part intentional and happens because a person has behaviors that are blocking him/her from opportunities that are available to all members of the society in which he/she lives.
Matthew 25 attempts to move homeless men from housing in a group setting to individualized housing. This is a personal process based on the skills and preparedness of each participant. The ultimate goal is for each person to have a place he can call home and for him to maintain that home.
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM FOR VETERANS
Matthew 25, in co-operation with the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Homeless Services, the Substance Abuse Treatment Program, and various additional VA, employment, and community service agencies, has a program in place to assist homeless veterans increase self sufficiency, foster self determination, and achieve residential stability. Matthew 25 works closely with homeless services providers to ensure our veterans are receiving the best possible care, are attending required meeting and medical appointments while working or seeking full time employment. Our veterans are required to have and maintain fulltime employment within 30 days, save $1000.00 dollars, and complete the 90 day program for vets while a resident of Matthew 25. For additional information about our veterans program, contact the VA Medical Center Homeless Service Providers or the Veterans´ Service Coordinator at Matthew 25.
1. To get a sixty-day commitment from each person to remain at Matthew and participate in the program.
2. To get all participants who commit to remain in the program for the 60 days to graduate, i.e. complete the 60-day program.
3. To help program participants to save 75% of the income they earn.
4. To help participants develop a favorable employment history (job attendance, favorable performance reports, job-interest matching).
5. To help participants to secure permanent housing.
6. To help each participant to earn 30 Life Skill Education Credits (LSEC) upon graduation (60-days). LSECs are earned by attending in-house life skill classes, AA/NA meetings, GED classes, etc.
7. To encourage each participant to complete at least 16 hours of public service work upon graduation.