Hi, my name is Judy Collins and I am the Assistant Director of Community Services at the Open Door Mission. I work at the Timberlake Outreach Center where our staff serves over 4,000 people each month. Our clientele consist of people who are in extreme crisis, the working poor, and the near homeless.
Today began as most days at the mission with my co-workers and I meeting together to pass on important information and spend time in prayer. I then began to answer and make numerous phone calls regarding our client services, meet with clients and plan and prepare for some up coming Life Skill classes at our Timberlake Learning Center. I also made contact and met with several of our 29/11 clients.
Right now we have about twenty families enrolled in the 29/11 Program and it is exciting to see how many of these families are being changed as they follow the biblical guidelines and principles taught in the program.
Our 29/11 Programs name is taken from Jeremiah 29:11 Passage. We believe that God has a plan and purpose for everyone, and that plan is for our good, to give us help for the present and for hope for the future. The goal of the 29/11 Program is to empower our clients to become all that God has called them to be.
When a family enrolls in the Program they are assessed in the areas of their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. With that information we seek to empower them to do the following:
1. Set and adhere to budgeting goals that will strive for paying monthly bills on time, debt reduction, saving for an emergency fund and planning for future needs.
2. Setting vocational and educational goals for their present and future employment.
3. Attend pertinent life skills classes that will help them change their present situation and set goals to improve their future.
The work at the Timberlake Outreach Center is PREVENTION. We are helping to prevent many of our near homeless, working poor clients from becoming homeless. Through God’s love and life changing power and your support through gifts and donations we are able to give our clients help for their present situations and hope for the future.
Thank you for partnering with us, to help the near homeless and working poor in our community. We couldn’t do it with out you!
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