Beyond the daily provision of meals, shelter and clothing, we feel the most important component of any of our homeless service programming is spiritual development—the desired outcome of the Evansville Rescue Mission’s long-term residential program called P.A.C.E.S.--Purpose Accountability Christ Education and Service. Any individual desiring to spiritually grow and to have a relationship with Jesus Christ can voluntarily commit to enroll in our long-term residential program which lasts a little over a year, led by our Spiritual Life & Program Director, Dan Sullivan.
Every six weeks men will be given the opportunity to join PACES 1 and participate in our discipleship program. Residents that do not wish to advance in the PACES program will be asked to leave so that they may pursue progress elsewhere.
During this time, residents progress through a multi-level program that includes the following levels:
PACES 1 is our preliminary Men's Development Program. Upon entering the program, men commit to go through a 6 week, workbook-based Bible Study.
● Participants must attend at least one study per week to remain enrolled.
● After two unexcused absences, a man will be asked to leave the program. He will not be put out of the shelter, but will return to the large dorm portion of the Men's Residence Center and start over. He will only be allowed 2 chances to enter PACES 1 within a 12 month period.
● Men will work at Camp, the Thrift Store, or at the Residence Center beyond their typical detail.
● Men will attend WorkOne appointments and other enrichment opportunities as they are made available.
● If a man leaves any time during Paces 1 for any reason, he will be restricted from returning to the mission for 3 months from the day he left
PACES 2 is the next step of our Men’s discipleship and development program. It is a six month program involving in-depth Bible study, life-skills training and some basic vocational training.
● Participants must attend one PACES 2 study per week and one elective Bible study.
● An elective Bible study can either be a Bible study held on the Rescue Mission campus or at a small group Bible study affiliated with a church.
● Participants must attend other classes and workshops that are made available to them. It is the participant’s responsibility to tell the Spiritual Life Director about scheduling conflicts before the event. Failure to do so will count as an unexcused absence.
● After two unexcused absences, a man will be asked to leave the program. He will not be put out of the shelter, but will return to the large dorm portion of the Men's Residence Center and start over. He will only be allowed 2 chances to enter PACES within a 12 month period.
● Men will have dedicated jobs at the Rescue Mission, such as helping at Camp, at the Thrift store, or other vocation.
● PACES 2 participants will have access to the PACES suite. Only men in PACES 2 & 3 will have access to these areas.
● If a man leaves any time during Paces 2 for any reason, he will be restricted from returning to the mission for 6 months from the day he left.
PACES 3 is the final stage of our our Men’s discipleship and development program. It is six months long and is the final stage of a man’s stay at the Rescue Mission.
● All of the above criteria for Paces 2 apply, except the curriculum is different.
● Men will increase their job search, if they are not already employed full-time
● Men will be relieved of their duties at the Thrift store, Camp, etc. after 3 months in order to dedicate themselves to full-time job and housing search.
● If a man leaves any time during Paces 3 for any reason, he will be restricted from returning to the mission for 12 months from the day he left
GRADUATION AND COMPLETION
In order to graduate from the PACES program, a man must
1. Complete 50 hours of class.
2. Participate regularly in the life of a local church.
3. Be steadily employed (not day-labor or temp).
4. Have housing arranged that is approved by the ERM Case Manager.
If a man completes his time through the Paces program but does not have these 4 requirements, he will have completed the program, but not receive the benefits of graduation.
Men will be asked to leave the mission by the Monday 2 weeks after their final class.
Once a man graduates, he may still attend PACES classes as an alumni as well as other PACES activities as decided by the Spiritual Life Director.