Men who enter our Recovery program work through a structure of classes, training, work assignments, meetings and Christian program which is typically completed in 6-9 months. Upon graduation from that program, clients are eligible to pursue employment in the community. They are encouraged to continue to participate in the life of the Rescue Mission, where they can set aside savings, continue to build support inside and outside of the Mission, and get the help they need to overcome any remaining obstacles to living sober, independent lives in the community. Throughout their experience at the Mission, the men are encouraged to participate in a local church, attend AA/NA/CR meetings, and keep focus on the vision for their future that God has purposed for them.
- Christian Curriculum – Each client works through a faith-based curriculum with the help of staff who encourage, nurture and teach the ways of God. We are committed to the understanding that our deepest need is a relationship with Jesus Christ. The curriculum is enhanced by Daily Devotions, Small Group Ministry and Evening worship.
- On-site Clinical Counseling – Men in our program may participate in individual or group counseling sessions with graduate students from Loyola University. Group classes focus on anger management and other topics that are fundamental to recovery.
- Work Therapy – The life of the Mission is characterized by the clients working together to maintain the facility and participate directly in serving others through the Mission’s community assistance ministries. Each client is assigned to a Work Station on the campus or at our thrift stores, where they receive instruction in areas such as operating equipment, serving the public, or grounds maintenance. We value the structure and discipline that work requires, and we encourage teamwork to accomplish the many and varied tasks necessary to operate the Mission.
- Building Relationships – Each client has a Team Leader and other staff to walk with him through the recovery process and to pour love, encouragement, guidance and support into his efforts to rebuild his life, restore relationships, and move forward in sobriety and holy living. In addition to these vital coaching relationships, the clients develop close bonds of brotherhood with one another, which provides a level of support that often carries on in the community, once the men have graduated from the program.
- New Life – We believe that true life transformation is not only possible but promised in the redeeming power found in Jesus Christ.
- New Hope – The Truth is that even in the wake of the destruction and despair of addiction, nothing is too hard for God, and each person, created in the image of God, is the object of His extravagant love.
- Dorm – Clients share space, with 3 men to each “cube”.
- Dining Hall – Food is prepared by clients themselves, or from time-to-time by volunteers, church groups and others who wish to serve the men and provide the kitchen crew a Sabbath.
- Sanctuary – In addition to the requirements to attend Morning devotions and Evening Chapel, family worship for clients and their guests is offered monthly. Most clients also attend a local church to build sources of support and community outside the Mission.
- Library/Computer Lab – Clients may prepare resumes, look for jobs, participate in online GED classes as well as work through their curriculum packets in the Library.
- Fitness Room – Recreation and exercise is encouraged.
- Grounds – Our 30-acre campus affords many opportunities to walk, play, exercise, breathe deeply and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.
Our Program graduates are often eager to share about how the power of the gospel and God’s provision through the Westminster Rescue Mission truly brought about life-changing restoration. See our testimonies
Eligibility and Intake
Men who desire freedom from addiction and life in Christ are encouraged to call our intake Pastor. This is a residential program with rules, responsibilities and opportunities. We are not a detox facility and we are not equipped to serve some dual diagnosis circumstances.
Our Recovery program will welcome and be blessed by volunteers in the areas of discipleship guides, GED mentors, health care professionals, IT services, landscaping, plumbing, woodworking, mechanics, cooks, and tradespeople of all kinds who are willing to invest in the lives of the men in our residential program and in Kingdom building. Call 410-848-2222 to volunteer or email email@example.com. Click here to download our volunteer application.