OHM is unique in that we have a holistic, long-term approach to working with homeless families to meet their physical, mental and spiritual needs which we believe is essential to breaking the cycle of homelessness.
Open House Ministries (OHM) is a Christ-centered, life-restoring family shelter ministry. We dedicate ourselves to teaching homeless families healthy relationships with each other, with their community, and with Christ. We believe that at the root of life change is the spiritual awakening that there is an “Answer” bigger than ourselves, and the good news of life’s bad news is that the “Answer” is a loving God who is forgiving and brings strength to even the most downtrodden. Time and again we have seen lives restored, faith renewed and the cycle of homelessness broken when the whole person – mind, body and spirit – are all treated. Within the context of a supportive, loving, Christian community, families come to have a new relationship with a loving God, with each other, and with their community.
We believe that the family is the core social unit. Every shelter family lives together in a private studio apartment. Parents prepare their own meals and are responsible to manage their unit and their family. Children are required to attend school or our on-site state certified day care. Adults receive individualized case management, family counseling, life skills classes, continuing education, and work skills development. Classes and programs specifically for couples, parenting, relationship management and family financial management are among the supportive ways families grow stronger at Open House Ministries.
Essential to the success of our residents is a high level of support balanced by a high level of expectation. We are a 100% drug-free/alcohol free facility. Any client who enters our shelter is guided by these important ideals:
- You are not a victim. If you take responsibility for your problems, we will equip you with the tools that will enable you to become a responsible, contributing member of the community in which you live.
- You have great possibilities. We believe that God is deeply concerned with the welfare of all. While you are in our care we will help you to reach your potential as humans, ready to participate in and contribute to the world around them.
- You can stay “a week at a time, for as long as it takes”. Families admitted to the shelter understand that program participation based on their individual situation is a key component for realizing success.
- You are accountable for your actions. Program success is measured every week with one- on-one meetings with case management staff, active participation in classes, job coaching and working outside the shelter.