Mission: To create a community where individuals affected by homelessness, poverty, or unemployment are empowered through our transitional programs and transformed by the love and ministry of Jesus Christ.
Population Served: Homeless men, women, and children; unemployed, and elderly, disabled, and lonely.
History: Created in 1993, THC was the vision of a resident of the Double Oaks neighborhood, which had been identified by the New York Times as one of the most violent in the US. After her husband was shot and killed, she dedicated herself to transforming a former drug house and establishing outreach ministries. By 1997, violent crime was reduced by 77% and city officials renamed the area Genesis Park in recognition of its new beginning. Today, THC serves 40,000 meals and offers 120 educational classes a year.
Approach: THC approaches those they serve in three distinct ways: 1) Engage: by providing free, hot meals and clothing, referrals and day shelter services 2) Relate: by providing classes and opportunities to learn job readiness and life skills 3) Transform: by providing spiritual guidance, structured case management, transitional housing and pathways to full-time employment through their “Transformation Program.”