In 2007, through my own personal journey, Faith’s Door became the seed of an idea planted in my mind. Over the next several years, I met with others who were organizing similar programs. After a great deal of knowledge gathering, I took a leap of faith to make Faith’s Door a reality. In 2013, Faith’s Door, “a place of rebuiling”, finally came to fruition.
Over the course of the last five years, the program has transformed through direct experience and an evolving vision. My team and I realized that while some women were serious about getting help, other simple needed a roof over their heads. As a result, we began serious consideration of a system to help evaluate the who’s, what’s, and how’s of the services we provide. We examined:
- Who sincerely needs what Faith’s Door has to offer?
- What are their needs while participating in the Faith’s Door program?
- How can we see our residents through to a successful transition to independence?
We work within the principles that we feel we can fulfill. With guidelines, the women know what is permitted and what is not. Each woman has specific commitments and obligations. Examples of these commitments and obligations include maintaining a stable work schedule, participating in counseling, being present at scheduled appointments, and arranging their own transportation to appointments, and employment, independently and responsibly.
Faith’s Door is a relaxed setting where, beyond the training and programming that we provide, each resident is responsible for themselves. With modest supervision, a foundation of trust is established. We like to start each resident’s stay at Faith’s Door by “turning over the keys to their lives” with them, which we believe promotes intrinsic motivation to move toward independence. This gesture shows them that we have faith in them, that we believe they will make positive change and are optimistic that they will face future challenges with grace and confidence.
From everyone whom has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.Luke 12:48
While we strive to maintain a relaxed environment, safety and security area a priority. We utilize a security system that announces any time a door or window opens or closes, and the house always remains locked by key. Curfew is at 10pm unless otherwise specified by work schedules.
In 2018, we had two successful graduates move on to independent living, and both are maintaining that independence.
Our future plans are:
- To expand the living quarters to house more residents.
- To complete foundation repairs.
- To ultimately expand our services to include men.