The Mentor Program
The men who have graduated from the 1 Year ‘Life Skills’ program have the opportunity to stay on and mentor residents in the program. Most of the homeless men that come through our doors are battling an addiction of some kind (narcotics, alcohol); those men who have overcome their addiction have proven to be a powerful resource and aid to the recovery of others. So men who were once in a mission, are now on a mission.
But the mentors also benefit from the mentorship program; in addition to receiving a weekly stipend pay, mentors are also able to attend a local college (of their choosing) and pursue a course of study (also of their choosing) – at no cost to them. Men who came to us without a roof over their head, are able to leave a few years later sober and equipped with the tools to prevent them from falling back into their destructive lifestyles.
However, as we all know, a college education is not free! And therefore the softball tournament was created. All funds generated by the tournament go towards the mentor’s tuition, books, fuel, etc. Each year during the softball tournament, one of the mentors currently in the program will give his testimony and allow each participant to witness who they are supporting by playing in the tournament. All of the mentors currently apart of the program assist in the operation of the tournament, and wear distinct tournament t-shirts so that participants and spectators of the tournament can see the men among them that they are helping.