For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me…
SHIP House Severely Damaged In Fire on Sat, Aug 27 2022
Self-Help Interfaith Program (SHIP) is an ecumenical venture composed of local faith communities that provide food, shelter, shower, and mentoring for up to 8 homeless single adults. Guests are carefully screened, must be employable and are provided up to four months residency to find employment, save money, and become self sufficient.
Who are we?
The SHIP program rotates amongst local faith communities in Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, and Los Alamitos. Although the majority of our volunteers are from local churches, there is no religious affiliation nor are there any religious requirements for our guests. However, this program evolved and revolves around the Church and our love and respect for God. Our host congregations value the program as a remarkable vehicle for community outreach.
The SHIP serves homeless individuals who are capable of obtaining permanent, full-time employment within 30 days. Guests are vetted and must be substance-free for at least 30 days prior to admission. Applicants with criminal records of violence, weapons, or abuse of minors are not accepted. Guests must also be capable of completing daily job search requirements, attend weekly counseling sessions in goal setting and conform to mandatory curfews and other rules designed to ensure safety and cooperation aboard the SHIP.
Guests share chores to maintain the facility. This is a highly structured, “tough love” program that is not appropriate for all individuals. Our goal is not to care for our guests, but to train them to care for themselves and to provide for them during their transition period to become self-sufficient.