in other words, what are the necessities?
Outreach Center Hours
Monday - Friday 6 to 3
Weekends and Evenings, as scheduled for programs
Monday - Friday 8 to 3
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to noon
Monday - Friday 6:00 to 8:30
Monday - Saturday 11:30 to 1:00
Sunday - Monday 5:30 to 7:00
Food Box Distribution (sign up at office)
Monday - Friday 8:30 to 10:30 & 1:30 to 3:00
Monday - Friday 6:30 to noon*
*Last load of wash has to begin by 10:30 a.m. due to water pressure issues in dish room during lunch
Monday - Friday 6:00 to 11:30* & 2:30 to 3:00
*Showers closed during lunch due to water pressure issues in dish room during lunch
Sunday 6:30 p.m. (tv room)
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. (dining room/bread room lobby)
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. (bread room lobby)
Wednesday 1:00 p.m. (bread room lobby)
Friday 6:00 a.m. (tv room)
Think of Things Our Clients Need
Several of the people we serve travel on foot. Especially in the heat of the summer, it would be nice to travel on a bicycle. Bikes with baskets are especially nice!
The Computer Lab
Many Programs Supported by Access to Technology
When a person is homeless, they have limited access limited access to computers and the internet. The web provides vital resources for education, employment, and communication. The Journey Home's Computer Lab has 7 computers where clients can:
- Participate in Employment Assistance Programs
- Research and apply for mainstream benefits
- Communicate with friends, family, employers, and other agencies
- Participate in self-paced Education Modules for GED training and vocational training.
Community Cafe' Helping
In 2009, more than 7,500 hot meals were served in the Community Cafe'. As important as those hot meals are, it's also vitally important that families have food during the week in their home setting. The Community Cafe' works with Feed America First to provide food boxes to our hungry clients. In 2009, more than 2,500 food boxes were distributed to local families.
Breakfast is touted by the professionals as the most important meal of the day. The Community Cafe' opens every day at 6:00 to serve breafast, coffee, and healthy dose of fellowship.
A variety of breads and baked goods are available daily and are provided in partnership with Publix Supermarkets and Lewis Bakery.
A Great Volunteer Opportunity!
One of the great parts of The Journey Home takes place at our garden, The Community Garden. Families, youth groups, and individuals all can help at the garden, a great program of The Journey Home.
1 Corinthians 12:21 "And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of
you," or again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."
Maybe you don't think of fellowship as one of your essential needs, but being with other people when you're struggling is very important. The Journey Home has opportunities for you to fellowship with other people, some of whom are just like you and some who are not. We are created for relationship, and we believe that fellowhiping with others is one of the key essential services for all of us. There are several Bible Studies at different times through the week, so be sure to ask us!
A significant issue for most low-income and no-income people
Coordinating work, appointments, childcare, and other items is almost impossible without a vehicle or adequate income to operate that vehicle. Even our public transportation has limited service hourse, days of operation, and doesn't extend to the Smyrna and LaVergne areas.
Transportation Areas of Help
- vehicle repairs
- gas vouchers
- tickets for public transportation
Employment is the key cog that drives lasting success.
It is impossible to sustain a household over time without the means to cover the essentials.Most homeless folks want and need to work. Finding appropriate employment is often very challenging because of limited education and training, mental and physical health issues, past credit or legal problems, transportation, childcare and relationship concerns. Additionally, most homeless persons do not have the social networks that facilitate jobs for many in our communities.
The Journey Home assists with:
- Securing proper identification
- Information gathering and resume' writing
- Career counseling, on-line job searches and applications
- Interview counseling
- Creating email accounts and learning to use employment websites
- Collaborating with other agencies for job fairs and networking to find jobs
- Providing a communication home-base
- Purchasing work uniforms, shoes, etc.
In a land of plenty, it is never acceptable for our neighbors to be hungry.
The Community Cafe' and the Community Garden play crucial roles in alleviating a small amount of the hunger with our clients. When the garden is producing, the food boxes include fresh produce--a healthy alternative! If you need a food box, we fix 40 every Thursday morning. Please come in early and sign up for your box.