Guest Empowerment Program expanding

Program provides men and women with an avenue to improve their mental health and work toward self-sufficiency

St. John’s Ministries has exciting news for you. The Guest Empowerment Program is now available to women AND men. In previous seasons the program was accessible to women only. Now, case manager Tameika Hughes-Foote, the program coordinator, has developed a plan and curriculum to offer all interested guests an opportunity to renew a positive mindset. There will be tools and resources available to overcome the challenges guests face on their journey to success.

The program is a 13-week commitment. With Hughes-Foote’s guidance, and support from community partners and volunteers, the Guest Empowerment Program provides programming and workshops in the areas of; but not limited to, communication, emotional intelligence, awareness and mindfulness, setting and attaining goals, positive mindset and confidence, and positive change. The program will be staggered so guests can join at any point. If a participant finds employment or housing, they are encouraged to complete the program to achieve maximum personal growth.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to provide men the same resources women have,” said Hughes-Foote. “It gives men the opportunity to stop and reflect on their goals. It is important to provide a space for self-development and restoring hope, so each guest can live life beyond their current circumstances.”

Participants in the Guest Empowerment Program must follow specific guidelines to continue growing. Much like anything in life, there are rules and requirements to follow to ensure success. All participants must maintain sobriety throughout the entirety of the program. They must be actively managing their mental health, whether it be through prescribed medication, counseling, or therapy. If the participant is staying in a St. John’s Ministries shelter, they must also be actively meeting with their case manager and working towards the goals they’ve set. Most importantly, all participants must be ready to be challenged in their way of thinking to be successful.

During the program’s first year last shelter season, Hughes-Foote worked with 14 women, and already this year there are 8 women and 9 men participating in the Guest Empowerment Program. Join all of us in supporting and wishing good luck to each guest moving towards a life of self-sufficiency!

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