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As a giving partner, you provide meals and practical programs that give her the start of a life free from the effects of poverty, addiction and homelessness-- a life secure in the knowledge of God's unconditional love and care.

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Who We Are

Who We Are A Gospel Rescue Mission

Welcome to the world of rescue and thank you for being a part of this community mission!  At The Path, we refer to ourselves as a "gospel rescue mission."

Many are not familiar with the term, which describes our purpose and what we do. We are compelled foremost by Jesus' instructions to actively care for those in need and to introduce them to the life-transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Providing a protective refuge from fatigue and failure are critical first steps of a slow journey leading to new desires, choices, and direction in life.

A gospel rescue mission like The Path prepares people to have meaningful roles leading to stability and purposeful living in our communities. A primary drive is to provide food-recognizing that hope often begins with a warm meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Path's rescue mission is a shelter and "New Life Program" dedicated to helping homeless or displaced men and women overcome addiction, strengthen family relationships, develop a productive work ethic and rebuild their lives so that, if willing, they can escape destructive cycles of poverty.

During their stay men, women and their children are provided a compassionate, safe and structured environment while the proper long-term needs are addressed.

Path shelter staff members make every effort to assist anyone regardless of ethnicity, age, gender or creed. The only exception is known sexual offenders because of the proximity of the house for women and children. Men and women under the age of 18 are not accepted into the shelter unless accompanied by a parent.

 

Feed, Clothe and Shelter

In Citrus County, four adjacent houses in Beverly Hills provide safe shelter for program participants: two houses for six men each, and one house for six women. The fourth house is dedicated to emergency stays and housing interns. Every client is thoroughly assessed on intake to determine work readiness, health issues, and needs for personal identification, birth certificate, driver's license, financial status, legal and financial obligations, and other personal needs.

There is no established time limit for the length of stay as long as a client is progressing, and The Path's programs meet their goals and needs. The longer an individual stays with our rescue mission, the greater the likelihood they won't return to self-destructive lifestyles. Some need to be facilitated to other programs for help beyond the scope of our mission. And some need a stable, Christian home.

If you know of a recent widow or widower who would benefit from the live-in companionship of a Path graduate, call us at 352-527-6500 to find out more.

 

Spiritual Enrichment

The Path partners with many local churches and services to encourage Christian fellowship, and obtain medical or other health-related services, current identification documents, benefits, legal aide, and other needs. 

For the men and women in our program, there is goal-directed case management, a "New Life" program of intensive Christian discipleship, and life skills education to address the deeper issues a person may have. Each area of focus is designed to transform the "whole person." Our programs include Christian-led group counseling, Biblical discipleship, chapel services and bible studies, a Christian twelve-step recovery program, recreation, family reconciliation and visitations as appropriate.


New Life Programs Focus on the Whole Person

In addition to providing a structured, Christian living environment, food, clothing and shelter, The Path offers comprehensive on-site programs and access to community services that address physical, emotional, relational and spiritual needs. 

The Path’s New Life programs focus on practical life skills that promote healthy individuals, families and practical, self-sufficient living. These classes emphasize the important role of work, responsibility, integrity, honesty, and dependability, thus building a strong foundation for improved economic position and sustained independence. Nightly classes are supplemented with work therapy and at least one hour of individual counseling each week.

Our 'New Life' Program includes a Biblically-based 12-step recovery program, group counseling, Biblical study, mentoring, academic education enrichment to improve reading, math and basic computer skills, and life skills education to address deeper issues. Men and women participate with instruction and hands-on learning to apply principles that strengthen their work ethic, re-train, build spiritual, emotional and physical health, improve family relationships, employability, and self-sufficiency.

 

Case by Case

Through the counseling, men and women at The Path map out a plan to become self-sufficient, setting goals that make positive steps toward independence. The Case Management Program is designed to help people get back on their feet through accountability, consistent evaluation and facilitated transitions. Case managers set goals specific to the client's background, education and abilities, and also help them best utilize the various resources available. Staff members emphasize the important role of work, responsibility, sobriety, integrity, honesty, and dependability in classes and counseling.

Goal-directed case management begins with a thorough assessment. The case manager identifies specific roadblocks to employment, such as personal identification documents. Then, the case manager may assist as needed with obtaining paperwork such as a birth certificate.

Case managers also identify needs for improving physical, mental, and emotional health as well as interpersonal relationships. Counseling for recovery from addiction or other self-destructive lifestyles is identified and a recovery plan implemented. Additionally, case managers provide advocacy support with the county legal system, social services, and assist in establishing stability through development of future goals.

Accountability is maintained through frequent and proactive evaluation, which sometimes leads to facilitated exits to other programs for help beyond the scope of our mission. Others are reconciled with family members.

The economy has played a big part in longer stays. Our programs are developing rapidly to use the added time wisely and create opportunities to learn self-sustaining trades or connect with academic programs for the health professions and other careers.

 

 

Lifeskills Training & Education

Programs focus on the "whole person" by reinforcing recovery and developing responsible individuals with household budgeting skills, healthier eating habits, able to get along with others, improved parenting skills, able to manage conflict and stress. 

Men and women at The Path learn and practice setting healthy boundaries. While in the program, they learn skills to resolve conflict, grief and anger issues. Relationships become healthier by reconciling past relationships, improving parenting skills. Another goal is to strengthen family relationships-- as the breaking up of families often leads to an economic setback. 

The New Life program also includes training on budgeting. Case managers then help clients implement the budget plan through a savings account which is disbursed according to financial obligations and needs, and as individuals transition to the next phase of the program. The case manager also provides assistance on debt relief, identifying legal and financial obligations, setting goals, and tracking progress. 

 

Building a Strong, Productive Work Ethic

Another important component is the supervised work programs at The Path's two bargain stores, an offsite wood shop, and a pesticides-free vegetable farm on 15 acres of land loaned by one of our local churches.

All of these social enterprises provide benefits to the community, plus team-building, skills training and income-generating opportunities for the men and women at The Path. More importantly, these work programs build healthier lives, self-sufficient families, and stronger communities.