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Stepping Up is an optional caseworker managed transformational program that is available to every client.
This program operates in three phases, each with a different focus that will help the participant address the issues that lead to homelessness and begin the process of becoming self-reliant.
During a stay at a Salvation Army shelter, clients will participate in programs and workshops developed to promote self-sufficiency and personal development.
Phase 1 - Foundation
In the first phase of the program, a personalized action plan is developed. Primary areas of focus include sobriety, spiritual health, and community service.
Phase 2 - Development
During this phase, participants work one on one with caseworkers to learn the skills necessary to find and maintain employment. Through educational opportunities, men learn resume writing, interview skills, appropriate employee behaviors, hygiene, and job search skills. The Salvation Army assists with providing suitable clothing for the interview process.
Phase 3 - Realization
After 90 days of continued employment, a participant enters the third phase of the program and moves into a room of their own where they can reside for up to 18 months. It is in this final phase that the underlying causes of homelessness are addressed and overcome. Men receive education on nutrition, anger management, budgeting, and behavior modification. They also receive resources to support their sobriety. If possible, The Salvation Army facilitates family and friend reconciliation efforts. In this phase participants are required to save 50% of their income in preparation for rental deposits and first month rent when they are ready to transition into long-term housing.
There is a fee to participate in this program - $89 a week.