Light of Life Rescue Mission
915 Western Ave.
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Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Class of Housing: Transitional housing, shelter, emergency shelter
Light of Life's High Commitment Shelter (HCS) is a unique program designed to equip chronically homeless men to gain housing, employment and stability in their lives.
Men's Residential Program The Men's Life Recovery Program is designed for men who need space to work on healing from past hurts and build a strong foundation for recovery before finding a job and independent housing. A longer commitment than the Housing and Employment Program (described above), this program is a four-phase program that offers men the opportunity to be in a healing, Christ-centered community while taking personal responsibility for their choices in the past and future. There are 30 dorm-style beds at the Mission for the men to stay on site while in the program. Staff and volunteers help men to stabilize their lives through addiction recovery and other essential life skills. Connections are made to medical, housing and other services, as well as education and training essential for career advancement and lifelong learning. Mental Health Program There are eight beds set aside for the Mental Health Program, which is for men who are homeless primarily due to a mental illness and who have a history of hospitalization due to mental health. The men in this program participate in the same activities and have the same responsibilities as the men in the Life Recovery Program (described above), but there is often times more coordination with outside agencies for the treatment of mental illness. Men in this program are given the option to stay at the Mission for a longer period of time to ensure the stabilization of their mental health and their readiness to transition. Women and Children’s Program Light of Life embraces single mothers and their children whose lives have been deeply impacted by homelessness, addiction and abuse. The women enter our Christian recovery program after having received residential recovery services through other area agencies. During our 9-18 month program, the women are provided with subsidized apartments, assistance with transportation, household and childcare needs, and 20 hours per week of counseling, education and training. They also engage in family retreats and activities to help them realize their potential as responsible, loving parents. Most women entering the program are healing from abuse, addiction and poverty, which have made it nearly impossible for them to wholly fulfill their role as a parent. Many have lost custody of their children and deeply desire to have them back in a safe, loving home. Therefore, an important aspect of women’s recovery focuses on parenting skills and strengthening the family unit. Moms also benefit from training in household management and activities designed to re-establish bonds with their children. Through case management and counseling, women at Light of Life are empowered not only to achieve good health and self-sufficiency, but also the tools to grow in their careers, relationships and spiritual walks. Women engage in life skills, addiction recovery, Bible study, computer lab, GED and other training courses to prepare them for rewarding careers and independent living. Light of Life provides a nurturing environment for children to sleep, learn, play and receive meals during their mothers’ classes. Children of all ages are provided with essentials to help prepare them for school, such as filled backpacks and clothing. Activities that combine education, fun and family bonding include trips to museums, the zoo, picnics and other opportunities. Food and Emergency Meal Ministry and Community Outreach The Mission provides over 200,000 meals annually, including breakfast and dinner seven days a week. Staff cooks and volunteers work together to prepare and serve nutritious meals. Men, women and children from the community are welcome to receive these meals, in addition to the residents enrolled in our programs. Emergency Sheltermen-residential-hero-1-img Twenty-two* or more men who are homeless take comfort in Light of Life’s emergency overnight shelter on any given night. In addition to a safe place to sleep, men receive a morning and evening meal, bathing facilities, clean clothing, chapel services and the opportunity to receive case management. Thanks to the generosity of caring partners, the Mission’s shelter guests are provided personal care products, warm clothing and other needed items. (*The shelter has 34 beds—with eight set aside for the Housing and Employment Program.) When any of those beds become vacant, they are also used for emergency shelter.)
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