A Church-Based Approach to Ending Family Homelessness

Mentoring to End Family Homelessness

            Bridge of Hope mentor and girl            Bridge of Hope mom and mentor

What is a mentoring group?

  • Eight to 12 people from within one congregation
  • Both men and women
  • Young and old, married and single
  • Willing to establish an on-going “ministry of friendship” with a homeless single mother and her children
  • Committed to the mentoring group for 12 to 24 months while the single mother is involved in the Bridge of Hope program and working toward financial stability

Can I do it?

  •  If you can be a friend, you can be part of a mentoring group

How much time is involved?

  • A weekly phone call (or even every other week) to the woman you are mentoring
  • A one-on-one activity every four to six weeks with the family you are mentoring.  This might be inviting them over to watch a movie, going grocery shopping together, or other things that you would do with a friend.
  • Attend monthly “Bridge of Hope Nights” with the woman you are mentoring and your whole mentoring group.  These are held on a designated night each month.  These evenings strengthen the mentoring relationships and provide ongoing training and support for mentors.

How will I be supported?

  • Four and one-half hours of training prior to meeting the family you will mentor
  • The social worker will facilitate a “match night” to introduce the mentoring group and the family the group will mentor
  • Ongoing support and training throughout the 12 to 24 months
  • Phone support for mentors provided by the social worker and/or your church facilitator
  • Phone support for the church facilitator from Bridge of Hope National for OneChurch Sites

Biblical Basis for Mentoring