One Congregation – One Family
WHAT IS One Congregation One Family?
This program began in Denver, Colorado during Mayor Hickenlooper’s tenure. The program has been so successful there, that it has now expanded to other locations in the state with the support of Governor Hickenlooper. Briefly, this project is a mentoring program in which a congregation or organization is paired with a homeless family or individual in order to help them reach and maintain self-sufficiency. Here in Grand Junction, our program is called One For One and is another of our commitments to The Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. In order to support people back into housing and reclaim a stable life of their own, we need your support as mentor teams and donors. Please keep reading to see how you can be involved.
HOW DO WE GET INVOLVED LOCALLY?
- Participate in “Train the Trainer” so you can train your mentoring team
- Form a mentoring team of approximately 2 – 6 lay people
- Invest a first month’s rent & deposit into your family or individual
- Meet approximately 7 times over 4 to 6 months with family or individual
- Use the provided handbooks to build parenting and relationship skills, as well as provide financial budgeting guidance and support in meeting personal goals—-all leading to self-sufficiency!
HOW ARE YOU SUPPORTED?
GVPJ conducts an application and screening process to match mentor teams and families/individuals. Our goal is to make matches that foster success!
GVPJ is undertaking fundraising to provide a collective resource bucket to support mentor teams and their clients with needs that arise through the mentoring process. Your referrals to friendly landlords, employers, in-kind donations of furniture, and sources of funding to offset the costs of move in expenses (including first month’s rent and deposit) are welcome!
GVPJ monitors mentoring progress through regular report forms and ongoing contact with mentor team leaders. For more information, contact Sherry at 970.985.4253 or firstname.lastname@example.org