How do we describe a building that has seen over 700 lives come through it in the over 20 years we have owned it. Our Redeemer has
been active in the “SHIP program” since the days that it was a “traveling ministry”, the guest staying two to three weeks at a time at different churches. After a time the house became the “SHIP house” and the churches still are involved with providing meals, food for breakfast and lunches, and counselling. The guests that SHIP serves come from all walks of life with the common thread of needing a helping hand to stay afloat. Each guest is carefully screened and must meet certain criteria (e.g. Must be employable and remain drug and alcohol free; Must be capable of completing daily job search requirements; must attend weekly counseling sessions in goal setting, budgeting, and preparing regular budgets throughout the program and must conform to mandatory curfews and other rules designed to ensure safety and cooperation; and must not have criminal record of violence, weapons, or abuse of minors). Each guest must be employed within 60 days of entry into the program. There are strict guidelines within the home and everyone does their part.