It Can Work!

 
Our model for Redemption Homes resembles other recovery homes, like Oxford Houses, but with an emphasis on transformation through Christ and authentic Christian community.

There many homes across the USA that act as self-sustaining recovery houses, but with a secular approach. We admire these homes and hope to cooperate with them. However, we are convinced that men will do much better in a Christian setting, so long as they are serious about allowing God’s truth and grace to transform them as they learn to submit one to another in Christian community.

Each Home, after initial start up costs (typically around $20,000), is expected to be self-sustaining. When a new resident joins, he immediately begins helping with chores, serving others, and finding a paying job. Within a month, he’s expected to begin financially contributing and paying his share of the Home’s expenses. In addition, a portion of each Home’s monthly income, as contributed by the men living there, is used to help the next man who joins the House until he finds work and also set aside as seed money to open the next Home.

Thus, rather than feeding any residual attitudes of victimhood and entitlement, we expect the men to take ownership of their lives – as Christ calls them to be – and start being an asset rather than a burden.

As a new resident becomes part of the band of brothers, they will grow into added responsibilities – such as learning how to mentor new residents. Most will stay between six months and two years – with some becoming house managers. However, our goal is independence rather than dependence, and so we do not allow them to stay longer than needed.

Alumni are urged to visit and encourage others. In addition, each Home provides mentoring and accountability, focused pastoral counseling, fellowship, prayer, study and worship.

For most men, this will simply be a continuation of a similar group that sustained them during their incarceration. Fulcrum Ministries, in conjunction with Redemption Homes, actively plants indigenous churches in the local jail where the men learn to share, lead, encourage and fellowship with each other. But when they get out, they now will be dealing with the reality of daily living and learning how to integrate their new-found faith into the totality of life.

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