Jubilee Ministries is excited for the way God is moving in Lebanon County to meet the needs of the homeless!
For the last several years, Jubilee has partnered with Lebanon County Christian Ministries (LCCM) to operate HOPES (Helping Others by Providing Emergency Shelter). Sadly, many of the guests often have children. With your support, we have worked diligently to provide a shelter and a place these individuals can call home, while guiding them towards consistent employment and stable housing. We rejoice that many have successfully achieved these goals; however, we also see that some end up returning to HOPES for more assistance. We began to consider how we could better meet the needs of the homeless in our community and began to converse with LCCM and several other local nonprofits in Lebanon County. We were excited to learn that not only do many share our passion for helping the homeless, but each is uniquely equipped to address the
needs of different populations. Lebanon Rescue Mission provides an Agape program for homeless women and children as well as a discipleship program for single men. Calvary Chapel of Lebanon was in the process of starting a year-long, holistic program for homeless single women. And in conversing with LCCM about how we can partner with these organizations to expand services, it was decided that LCCM will take over the day-to-day operation of HOPES (now called Fresh Start).
We believe that God has been instrumental in putting each piece of this puzzle in place. He has laid a passion on each organization to provide for the homeless in a specific way, and we marvel how it all happened at the same time! Through the partnership of these organizations, the homeless in our community will have access to more in-depth, holistic care when needed.
Initially, any homeless person will go to Fresh Start for emergency shelter. If they are unable get back on their feet, they will have the option to get further Godly training and help. Single men may go to the Lebanon Rescue Mission’s discipleship program, single women may go to Calvary Chapel’s program, mothers with children may go to the Rescue Mission’s Agape program, and families may come to Jubilee’s new program for homeless families! The new program will be able to house all the homeless families at one location. There they will receive more in-depth care, as well as God-centered teaching, training, and education.