STABILITY For Life Program

By understanding the cause, type, and response to homelessness we are able to develop a progressional sheltering system that seeks to cultivate lasting transformation in the lives of those who are homeless. The heart of this system is the Stability for Life program that helps people discover who they are in relationship to God, to themselves, and to others while guiding them towards lasting stability and enabling them to function in society as positive, productive members. 

At ICM we seek to love every person who comes through our doors by giving what is needed to bring about lasting joy and peace. For this reason, our program was developed to cultivate genuine relationships allowing us to discover together what is truly needed to maintain permanent stability in each person’s life.

Stages of Stability

calming the chaos

Providing A Safe And Secure Environment

You cannot build a house in the middle of a hurricane because winds and rain will tear it down. It is only when these elements have calmed that something new will take shape. This stage is designed to remove the physical limitations/distractions that keep an individual from understanding and addressing the root causes of their own homelessness.

  • Staff: Lodge supervisor maintains stability of the shelter ensuring guidelines are followed by residents while providing relational direction and overseeing conflict management.

    Food: We provide three meals and two snack times each day. Our pantry contains donated goods and shelter-purchased groceries to ensure a well-balanced diet is available to our residents.


    Shelter: Each family unit or individual is given their own private 10by 10room they are responsible for maintaining. Clean bed and bedding, dressers, and necessary amenities are provided to ensure basic needs are met while staying at ICM.


    Clothing: We have a donation center that organizes and provides residents with a wardrobe as needed. The donation coordinator strives to give residents items they would need or want (hundreds of items are distributed every month).


    Security: We employ 24/7 staff supervision over residents and property to ensure the safety of all living in the shelter. Every resident must follow shelter guidelines. Both exterior and bedroom door locks enable multi-level security.


    Community: ICM follows a family model with shared dining and living rooms, laundry facilities, and play areas. Residents have their own rooms, yet residents are a part of a larger community living beside one another. Supervisors live alongside residents during their shifts.


    Consistency: Resident shelter guidelines provide a consistent environment where residents can address the reasons and realities causing their current state of homelessness.

Promoting the Potential

Encouraging Holistic Growth In A Relational Setting

Once the storm has calmed then the foundation, framework, and furnishings of stability can begin to be developed. This stage includes programs and practices that promote individual discovery of a proper relationship with God, self, family, friends, and community.

  • Chores/Disciplines: Every resident is given chores around the shelter to cultivate work ethic, responsibility, and service to the community they are a part of.


    Classes: Residents are expected to attend classes that teach life skills, finances, boundaries, emotional intelligence, conflict management, biblical ethics, responsibility, parenthood, trauma care, story/testimony writing, and more. We want to equip every resident with the necessary tools and resources to pursue stability once they move from the shelter and on their own.


    Bible Study: Residents are expected to attend a Bible study led by staff or selected volunteers. Residents are not required to participate, but they must be present to respect the faith upon which ICM foundation and funding are built. Studies examine the proper relationship with God, self, and others.


    Individual Study: Residents are assigned individual studies designed to enhance ownership and personal development in specific areas of need. Studies vary from resident to resident.


    Stability Coaching: Residents work directly with a staff mentor who guides, directs, and holds accountable the progression of residents through the Stability Program. Each residents progression is unique and built around the strengths and weaknesses they possess.


    Accountability/Assessment: The leadership team and stability coach meet with residents to address/discuss their actions and reactions while living in the shelter. Life updates and assessments occur as residents progress or regress through the program. The team needs to see residentsown desire to learn, grow, and help themselves. We believe that truth equals outcomes over time, so accountability is provided to ensure residentsassessment and reality are congruent.


    Relational Volunteer Exposure: We seek to bring in a plurality of Christian volunteers to pour love into the residentslives. The residents response to genuine love gives insight into their own trauma and/or growth they are working through. The Body of Believers provides a plurality of people who see our residents value as creations of God. This exposure rebuilds trust in the hearts of residents.


    Encouraged Church Attendance: Transportation is provided to partnering churches for any resident who wants to go. The shelter closes between 9 am - 1 pm to allow staff members to attend church, to encourage resident participation in a local congregation, and to respect the Body of Christ, which funds all operations.

Realizing the Reward

Engaging What True Stability Looks Like

We highlight seven areas of life that directly impact stability. It takes guidance, time, ownership, and resources to develop these areas properly. An individuals response to failure and success often shows the nature of the person’s stability in each area. We seek to provide assessment, discussion, and accountability as residents engage each area of life.

  • Relationships: Resident understands the difference between positive and negative relationships. They know which ones they should end and which ones they should mend. They have the tools and resources to begin positively impacting relationships in their life.


    Life Formation: A resident has begun the journey of becoming like Jesus Christ. Whether the individual has accepted Him as Lord or not, the person recognizes the goodness and truth that exists in His love.


    Self-Concept: A resident has come to understand one’s own personality, boundaries, stress response, listening and learning style, work styles, strengths, weaknesses, and points of growth. The person’s value does not rest in the opinion of others, but in the reality of being created uniquely in the image of God.


    Health: A resident understands one’s own physical and mental health quotas and is committed to pursuing a healthy lifestyle.


    Finances: A resident is working to become as financially stable as realistically capable.


    Addictions: A resident recognizes the vast, destructive nature of addictive behaviors and substances and is seeking to further develop strategies to overcome those that exist. The person understands the human tendency to numb pain and ignore the core issues of life that truly cause it.


    Work/Education: A resident is pursuing the highest level of personal growth within work, service, and/or education to be a productive member of society. The person understands that work is an opportunity to be of service to others, valuing personal contribution, not only consumption.

Join the story

Your support provides children, their parents, and single adults with a home where they can shed their pain and chaos and come to find joy, peace, and stability. Every person who comes through our doors has a story; your supports helps them overcome homelessness and create stability.

Inner City Mission is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. All charitable giving is subject to tax deductions.