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Achieving the Best Client to Staff Ratio

What is the best client/staff ratio for a rescue mission program? As I have interacted with rescue missions in a speaking and consulting role over the years, this is one of the questions I am asked most often.   It is certainly one of the most important questions as well.   Most rescue mission administrators work diligently […]

Helping the Homeless Who are Mentally Ill (Part 2)

This is the second installment on the topic of helping the homeless who are mentally ill. With a basic knowledge of the issues these people confront, knowledgable Christian workers can make a huge difference in their lives. A.       Understanding “Dual Diagnosis”  – Up to one-third of today’s homeless adults are mentally ill.   The trend toward “deinstitutionalization” […]

Helping the Homeless Who are Mentally Ill (Part 1)

Nearly one in four homeless individuals suffers from a severe mental disability(1).   People with various forms of mental illness frequent urban missions for temporary food and shelter. Some express a desire to participate in long-term rehabilitation and recovery programs.   The most common forms of mental illness among the homeless are schizophrenia and the affective disorders […]