Shelter: Finding housing for those facing homelessness
Training: Teaching life skills leading to independence
Opportunity: Providing a network of community resources
Relationship: Opportunities to connect with God, self, and others
Mentoring: Modeling with compassion and accountability
Support: Encouraging through prayer, listening, and leadership
Vision: To offer Christ-Centered restoration during the storms of life.
Who We Are
We are a group of people that have “helped” people in the past by giving them “things,” but have realized that giving them things did not get to the root of their problems. We have created a ministry for the homeless that will allow Jesus to get to the root of their homelessness and heal them from the inside out. We believe that true healing only comes when we allow Jesus to heal our hearts.
In October of 2011, several individuals were informed that over 80 homeless children were registered in the Sun Prairie School District. Starting in January of 2012, a committee of five people gathered weekly to seek God’s will for this problem. In April of 2012, four of the committee members traveled to Vancouver, Washington to visit Open House Ministries. Open House Ministries has been running for over 30 years with no government funding. More than 81 churches and many businesses support them. After we visited Open House Ministries, it was clear that God wanted us to bring that model back to Sun Prairie. We started taking on clients after returning from Washington. We didn’t have a shelter at that time, so we placed clients in the homes of “host” families.
While at the shelter in Washington, we listened to stories of how God restored brokenness in the lives of many women. God turned those lives around so that they could turn around and help women that were in the same situation that they were once in.
SFTSM’s vision is to bring healing and restoration to women like these so they can get their lives back and give back to their community.
Who We Serve
Our clients are single homeless mothers and their children and targets women that need a “hand up” not a “hand out.” When a client is accepted into the program, they will, together with their case manager, identify goals that will help them move forward towards independence. Clients meet with their case managers weekly and will be held accountable in moving forward to reach their goals. In addition to working towards their goals, clients will also meet with a financial mentor on a regular basis to establish a budget, and learn how to incorporate a budget into their daily living. Parenting classes, mentoring, nutrition classes and cooking classes will all be available to our clients. We accept all women into our program, regardless of their faith.
Shelter, Support and Hope.”
Our case managers work with each of our clients to develop a personal plan to move them into self-sufficiency. Our team brings healing and independence to our clients through mentoring, education and support programs including:
- Budgeting and Financial Planning
- Goal Setting
- Parenting Classes
- Success Mentoring
- Nutrition and Cooking Classes
- Health and Wellness Training
- Career Readiness & Job Search Skills
- Bible Studies and Prayer
We believe in a “Hand Up” not a “Hand Out”. Our clients and case managers will work collaboratively to develop personal goals and a working plan to help our clients reach independence.