Core Program

Core program encompasses the skills needed to begin reentry back into the community successfully.  Focus will rely on obtaining necessary identification documents, insurance, financial literacy, transportation and physical and mental healthcare. The residential guests will create personalized goals and then strive to reach those goals such as attending addiction groups, or substance abuse support groups.  Eventually, they will be working on getting everything lined up so they would be able to move into safe shelter.

Career Program

Career program places emphasis on education and a purposeful career suited to the individuality of each residential guest.  Career Climbers & ServSafe courses are just a couple of ways of residents are able to take part in within this program.  Career Climbers teaches residents not only how to obtain employment, but how to be promoted within their company.  ServSafe course provides the opportunity for each resident who is interested in food-service industry receive the ServSafe Certification.  Within this program they will also be working toward individual goals that they have set for themselves.

Leadership Program

Leadership Program focuses on skills that allow for real-life applications within the personal lives of our residential guests.  Residents who choose this program are striving to grow in leadership, spiritually, and to create a healthy community outside the walls of the shelter.  Classes are offered such attending one of the healing classes to creating community outside of the shelter walls.  This program leads our residential guests to discovering goals and purposes in walking alongside of others.







**Each program also has the opportunities to assist with substance abuse issues by groups that are held at the shelters, and by connecting each resident who struggles with substance abuse with community partners for addiction recovery.

“It Was Haywire”

Brian’s life was out of control . . . until your kindness showed him the way.

The death of a loved one can rock anyone’s world. There’s no telling how a person might react to such awful news.

When two people close to him died, Brian’s reaction involved drugs.

At 17, his best friend was shot and killed. Brian’s reaction was to clean up and fly right, so he quit his meth habit. Ten years later, his dad died. Brian’s reaction this time was the opposite. Torn apart by grief and despair, he fell headlong back into addiction.

That’s when his troubles really began. Multiple arrests. Getting fired from a job. Cashing in his entire 401 (k) and spending it on drugs. “It was haywire,” Brian says now, looking back.

After his last arrest in July 2021, Brian was given a ultimatum: Go to prison. Or follow a drug-court prescribed program.

He chose the program, and came to the Kokomo Rescue Mission as his home base. “I’d driven by the Mission many times,” he says, “but wasn’t really familiar with it.” He’s quite familiar with it now . . .

Brian arrived at the Mission just four days after Thanksgiving last fall, worried about what they would think of him – a drug user with multiple arrests.

He was pleasantly surprised. “Everybody was really welcoming,” he says. “Everybody wanted to help me, to comfort me, to take down my nervousness. I liked it right away.”

Brian dove right into the recovery program. He’s been sober ever since. And he’s been transformed from the inside out.

“My faith has changed completely,” he says. “They helped me see Christ. They brought me into my faith more than I ever was before.”

Brian started helping out around the Mission, doing chores and odd jobs. It kept him busy, it kept him focused. Mission staff started giving him more and more responsibilities – working in the thrift store, helping out in the kitchen and warehouse.

Within six months, Brian was on staff himself as a truck driver, making pickups and deliveries, taking things wherever they need to go. He loves it.

“I like my job a lot because I like helping people,” he says. “And I like communicating.” He wants to communicate his gratitude to you. “Coming out of jail, you really don’t have anything,” he says. “But the Mission has helped me stay sober and save money. They’ve had a great impact on my life.”

To friends like you who support KRM, thank you for having such an impact on the lives of men needing recovery.

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