WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Wichita Falls Faith Refuge received a matching grant to buy a transitional home for its women.
The way the transitional home program works is at least six people will live in a home together as they adjust to life outside the shelter. The residents are taught how to pay rent, bills, open a bank account and save their money. It is all to help them become self-sufficient.
There is a living-manager who monitors and helps the transitional home residents.
Every three months, the residents meet with non-profit’s directors to see if they are ready to move out.
“We ask them to set certain goals for themselves saving certain amounts of money, making sure they are happy in their job," Steve Sparks Wichita Falls Faith Mission CEO said. "If they still want to find a better job, they can stay here till they do that.”
They have one year to complete the program.
Only those who are graduates of one of the non-profit’s programs and are employed can enter the program.
“[It’s amazing] you have a home," you can get to so you can get back on your feet without being stressed about being back on the streets and going back to the same old thing,” Joy O’Steen, a possible candidate to live in the women’s transitional home, said.
The men at Wichita Falls Faith Mission already have a transitional home which is located behind the Faith Mission shelter.
“It’s just a blessing for them to have this transition home because I wouldn’t have another place to go,” Dennis Huff, a resident of the men’s transitional home, said. “It’s really encouraging because one of us will really get down, be depressed or be worrying about something and we all come together. We have bible studies together, we pray together and encourage each other to get through it.”
The matching grant the non-profit received is $40,000 which is less than half than the home they hope to purchase for the women.
If you would like to donate to help them match, you can go to the non-profit’s website.