Family Life Center
The Arthur J. and Marie H. Williams Family Life Center is located adjacent to O.U.R. Mission Home. This 23,000-square-foot facility includes three classrooms, an Internet Café, library, nursery, youth recreation room, gymnasium, salon and exercise area.
The Arthur J. and Marie H. Williams Family Life Center also includes the following educational programs for men, women, and children at the Mission:
VICTORIOUS LIFE CLASS
The Victorious Life Class is a requirement for all adult residents at O.U.R. Mission Home and all men participating in the Discipleship Program at the Men’s Division.
This class is a two-week introduction to biblical principles. Residents are introduced to Bible study and are given instruction in marriage and parenting, financial matters, and spiritual warfare. The course encourages residents to build their lives upon a stronger foundation—Jesus Christ.
CAREER LEARNING CENTER
The Career Learning Center (CLC) is a self-paced, educational program for all adult residents at O.U.R. Mission Home and all men participating in the Discipleship Program at the Men’s Division. The three-tiered program begins with an extensive education assessment and memory course which builds the foundation for further learning.
Next, residents are required to either prepare for a High School Diploma or complete an academic refresher course through computer-enhanced, self-instructional curriculum and mastery-based learning techniques. Upon completion, students are better prepared to continue with higher education in local colleges, universities or technical schools.
Finally, after all academic courses are completed, students begin the career placement phase of the program where they learn interviewing techniques, resumé writing skills and how to dress for success.
YOUTH LEARNING CENTER
Constantly changing schools can set children up for educational failure—they are twice as likely to repeat a grade, twice as likely to experience learning disabilities and three times as likely to be categorized with emotional and behavioral problems (source: National Center on Family Homelessness).
In a continuing effort to meet the needs of the homeless in our community, the Mission’s newest addition is an 11-station Children’s Computer Lab designed to help children ages 7-17 achieve satisfactory school performance. This new faith-based computer software helps to improve children’s critical thinking skills, reading and listening comprehension, and teamwork building. Since its implementation, the program has proven extremely successful in helping homeless children achieve and even exceed grade level performance.