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A Church-Based Approach to Ending Family Homelessness

Mentoring to End Family Homelessness

Bridge of Hope mom, son, and mentor            Bridge of Hope mentor and girl            Bridge of Hope mom and mentor

What is a mentoring group?

  • Eight to 12 people from within one congregation
  • Both men and women
  • Young and old, married and single
  • Willing to establish an on-going “ministry of friendship” with a homeless single mother and her children
  • Committed to the mentoring group for 12 to 24 months while the single mother is involved in the Bridge of Hope program and working toward financial stability

Can I do it?

  •  If you can be a friend, you can be part of a mentoring group

How much time is involved?

  • A weekly phone call (or even every other week) to the woman you are mentoring
  • A one-on-one activity every four to six weeks with the family you are mentoring. This might be inviting them over to watch a movie, going grocery shopping together, or other things that you would do with a friend.
  • Attend monthly “Bridge of Hope Nights” with the woman you are mentoring and your whole mentoring group. These are held on a designated night each month. These evenings strengthen the mentoring relationships and provide ongoing training and support for mentors.

How will I be supported?

  • Four and one-half hours of training prior to meeting the family you will mentor
  • The social worker will facilitate a “match night” to introduce the mentoring group and the family the group will mentor
  • Ongoing support and training throughout the 12 to 24 months